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Hardy and Barbara Eshbaugh: Leaving a Conservation Legacy on the Beloved St. Mary’s River

August 8th, 2014
The Nature Trust is delighted to be announcing a new protected area on the St. Mary’s River this Saturday, at a community celebration on the river.


Life-long naturalists and passionate conservationists Hardy & Barbara Eshbaugh are generously protecting their 160 acre riverfront property by conservation easement.

The beautiful riverfront land is located near Waternish, on the main branch of the St. Mary’s in Guysborough County. It is home to over a kilometre of river shoreline and both extensive upland forests and mature
Acadian floodplain forest, a forest type that is rare in Nova Scotia. These floodplain forests, which once lined many Nova Scotian rivers before large-scale clearing for forestry and agriculture, are a critical part of river health. They help to keep rivers cool, clear and fast flowing. Protecting these remnant forests is an important part of restoring the St. Mary’s River
ecosystem and ensuring it can sustain important species including Atlantic Salmon and nationally endangered Wood Turtles.

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