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From the blazing colour of an autumn hardwood forest to the stark beauty of a granite barren, Nova Scotia has a rich and diverse natural heritage, and with less than 30% of the province's land publicly owned, private landowners have a vital role to play in protecting these places. The Nova Scotia Nature Trust is a non-governmental charitable, land conservation organization whose mandate is to forever protect these irreplaceable natural treasures on private land.
Nature Trust News
Major Coastal Island Protected by the Nature Trust
October 24th, 2013
The Nova Scotia Nature Trust has preserved yet another outstanding piece of Canada’s coastal legacy by protecting one of Nova Scotia’s largest and most ecologically important coastal islands.
Nature Trust and Acadia Protect Internationally Significant Bird Sanctuary
September 7th, 2013
The Nova Scotia Nature Trust has protected a 320 acre at Hemeon's Head Shelburne County.
Provincial Protected Areas Plan Recognizes the Importance of Private Land Conservation
August 14th, 2013
Read about how our work in private land conservation connects with the province's newly announced protected areas plan.
Nature Trust Celebrates Province’s Landmark Protected Areas Plan
August 1st, 2013
The Nova Scotia Nature Trust is celebrating the new Parks and Protected Areas Plan announced today in Halifax as both a major conservation achievement and an incredible legacy for the people of Nova Scotia.
Young Adventurer Sets Out to Sea in Hand-built Dory to Celebrate Coastal Preservation in Nova Scotia
August 1st, 2013
Today, passionate boat builder and Nature Trust volunteer Peter L'Esperance will depart from Halifax’s Northwest Arm in his hand‐crafted dory, to begin a 10 day rowing adventure in support of efforts to protect Nova Scotia's coastal legacy.
Nature Trust Celebrates Permanent Protection of a 27 Hectare Endangered Blanding’s Turtle Habitat
July 27th, 2013
This Saturday the Nova Scotia Nature Trust supporters and staff and conservation partners Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute and Parks Canada will gather to celebrate the permanent protection of a 27 hectare property on McGowan Lake, in Kempt, NS.
Nature Trust Protects 85-acre Herbert River Property, Launches Freshwater Conservation Campaign
June 20th, 2013
Tonight The Nova Scotia Nature Trust announced the permanent protection of an 85-acre river-front property on the Herbert River, in Hants County, Nova Scotia.
They Did It! Our Inaugural Expedition for the Earth Team Exceed Their Fundraising Goal!
April 12th, 2013
We could not be more proud of our Expedition for the Earth: Patagonia 2013 team!
Three More Coastal Gems, Protected Forever
March 25th, 2013
Three spectacular properties protected on Cape Breton Island
Nature Trust Saves the McGowan Lake Turtle Sanctuary
January 4th, 2013
This new year, endangered Blanding’s turtles have a 27 hectare-sized reason to celebrate. The Nature Trust has succeeded in saving some of the best remaining habitat for endangered Blanding’s turtles in NS – thanks to an outpouring of community support.
Nova Scotians Come Together To Protect Troop Island
December 28th, 2012
Troop Island's natural wildlife habitats and important coastal lands are protected for the benefit of Nova Scotians and future generations thanks to the combined effort of residents, community groups, Halifax Regional Municipality and the province.
McGowan Lake Turtle Sanctuary Campaign Update
December 21st, 2012
At the end of November, we launched a campaign to raise funds needed to acquire and protect one of the most important sites for endangered Blanding’s turtles in NS, on McGowan Lake. And we discovered that Squirt, Lumpy and Lucy have many friends!
Troop Island Protected, Forever
October 5th, 2012
The tally is in and we’re thrilled to confirm that 28 acres of Troop Island will be purchased today and held in trust forever.
Nature Trust and Acadia Sign First Conservation Easement Protecting University Lands in Canada
September 8th, 2012
Acadia University and the Nova Scotia Nature Trust signed a conservation easement protecting a spectacular coastal island off Nova Scotia’s south shore today.
Nature Trust Celebrates Conservation of 300 Acres on Bras d’Or Lake
July 28th, 2012
Today the Nova Scotia Nature Trust is celebrating the permanent protection of a unique 300 acre property of natural coastal land in Inverness County, on the Bras d’Or Lake. The property boasts a diverse shoreline of over 7 kilometers.
Province and Nature Trust Renew Conservation Partnership
April 22nd, 2012
Local Company Making a Difference with Green Values
March 29th, 2012
Ascenta continues to lead by example with a generous investment of close to $30,000 in the conservation work of the Nature Trust, as part of its “1% for the Planet” commitment.
American Donates First Cross-Border Gift of Nature: New Conservation Program Piloted in NS
December 19th, 2011
The Nature Trust is once again breaking new ground in Canadian land conservation with a new opportunity to protect American-owned land across Canada.
New Plant for Canada
October 12th, 2011
New Plant for Canada Discovered on Nova Scotia Nature Trust Property
Nature Trust and Acadia: A First in Canadian Land Conservation
September 9th, 2011
Nature Trust and Acadia University Celebrate Landmark Conservation Partnership and Launch of Bon Portage Island Conservation Campaign
Nature Trust Protects Two New Conservation Lands
August 6th, 2011
South Shore conservation lands will protect Piping Plovers
Natural Gem adds to Renowned Conservationist's Legacy
June 23rd, 2011
A new protected area, the Goat Lake Conservation Lands, has been added to Nova Scotia’s natural legacy, thanks to the Nova Scotia Nature Trust and renowned conservationist Martin Rudy Haase.
Important Bird Area Protected by the Nature Trust
April 21st, 2011
In honour of Earth Day (April 22), the Nova Scotia Nature Trust announced protection of yet another unique piece of Nova Scotia’s coastal legacy.