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Nature Trust Protects Cherished Parrsboro Gem
August 15th, 2016
The Nova Scotia Nature Trust announced today it has protected, forever, one of Nova Scotia’s cherished island gems - Partridge Island.
Several generous island owners have come together to ensure that this natural, historic and cultural landmark is preserved, though a conservation easement agreement with the Nature Trust.
One of only a few islands in the Bay of Fundy (actually connected to the mainland by a narrow beach), Partridge Island is ecologically significant in several ways. It supports a rich coastal hardwood forest, rare in Nova Scotia, particularly on islands. The tidal flats, salt marsh, steep cliffs and forests provide important habitat for 48 species of shorebirds, songbirds and raptors, including endangered species, and refuge for many spring and fall migrants. The island and surrounding beaches and cliffs are also internationally recognized for their diversity of gemstones, minerals and fossils.
The Nature Trust is extremely grateful to the island owners, Acadia University, Dalhousie University, Sharon Taylor and an anonymous owner, for so generously agreeing to protect their land, for the benefit of nature, and for generations to come.