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Nature Trust's 100 Wild Islands on Halifax Agenda
April 26th, 2016
Halifax could bring the Nature Trusts landmark 100 Wild Islands conservation campaign to the finish line
As the Nova Scotia Nature Trust nears completion of its landmark 100 Wild Islands conservation campaign, exciting news may be coming. Tonight, Councillor David Hendsbee is asking Halifax for $300,000 to bring the Nature Trust’s $7 million fundraising campaign to the finish line. The globally significant 100 Wild Islands Coastal Wilderness, located entirely within Halifax boundaries, will provide irreplaceable environmental, recreational and economic benefits for the City and the Province.
Nature Trust Executive Director, Bonnie Sutherland, is delighted to see Council considering support. “We would love to see Halifax join the federal and provincial governments who already have stepped up generously to help protect the 100 Wild Islands. Many Halifax residents, individuals and organizations from across Nova Scotia and beyond, have enthusiastically jumped on board to bring the 100 Wild Islands dream to reality.”
Councillor Hendsbee’s $300,000 request to fellow Councillors comes with unprecedented leveraging and benefits for the city. The Nature Trust’s major campaign champion and supporter, Halifax native Paul Gauthier, is contributing over $3.5 million to the $7 million campaign. He will match the city’s contribution dollar for dollar, doubling the impact of the City’s investment to $600,000. For a small contribution, Halifax gains over $15 million in coastal island wilderness, protected entirely through efforts of the Nature Trust and the Province of Nova Scotia.