More Nature on the Way for the Tusket Islands
04 Dec 2023
An exciting addition to our coastal lands, Sheep Island lies adjacent to the Tusket Islands Wilderness Area and adds 22 acres to the Nature Trust's network of protection within a globally significant conservation area. Thanks to Nature's Way Canada, this incredible, intact trio of islands provides critical habitat along the Atlantic Flyaway, essential for bird recovery and conservation.
Harbour and Prices Islands protected in Canso conservation area
04 Dec 2023
A thrilling addition to the success of our Hope for the Coast initiative, the securement of Harbour and Prices Islands in Guysborough County adds 370 acres to the Nature Trust's coastal conservation lands. Located within a relatively untouched area of the province with growing conservation interest, protecting these intact islands signifies a huge win for the wild.
Hank and Judy Bird: Guarding Their Neighbourhood Wildlands
04 Dec 2023
Hank and Judy Bird have been Property Guardians at our Pennant River Conservation Lands since 2019. If you’ve attended a work party or guided hike on the land since then, you’ve almost certainly met these two stalwarts, who don’t hesitate to wade knee-deep through a muddy bog or wield a hand saw in the service of maintaining the trail for visitors to enjoy. We’re delighted to celebrate them as our Volunteers of the Month, and to share their story!
Good Natured Investment: Christopher Hopgood’s positive impact
01 Nov 2023
An integral part of the Nature Trust community, Christopher has offered generous financial support over the years and is an enthusiastic attendee of many of our special events and activities. With a true appreciation for the province he has lived in all his life, supporting local endeavours is important to Christopher, and the Nature Trust is so fortunate for his meaningful friendship. Now retired from a successful career as an investment advisor, Christopher values added time in nature, often enjoying outdoor adventures on Nature Trust lands, the same places he has done so much to save for the future.
Jacques Giard: An infinite source of ideas
01 Nov 2023
"I'm a nuts and bolts guy," claims Jacques Giard, our Volunteer of the Month. A retired industrial engineer, Jacques is fascinated by the connection between the artificial world and the natural world. Having supported land protection as a volunteer steward in Arizona for more than a decade, Jacques has jumped in to support the Nature Trust as a Property Guardian and a photographer as well as a monthly donor and legacy donor along with his wife, Mercedes. Please join us in thanking Jacques for stepping up to protect nature in so many ways!
Introducing Acacia Valley Conservation Lands: Key link in Acacia Valley Trails protected forever
05 Oct 2023
Located south of Digby near Hillgrove is our newly acquired Acacia Valley Conservation Lands, consisting of over 163 acres of land generously donated by Larry and Greta Goodwin, as part of ECCC’s Ecological Gifts Program. This property in the Kesputkwitk district has been in Larry’s family for generations, and ensuring its protection in perpetuity is of the utmost importance to them. This latest conservation win is also exciting as it represents the Nature Trust’s first protected lands in this part of the province.
Dennis Edwards: Protecting our hemlocks, conservation lands and more
04 Oct 2023
Property Guardian Dennis Edwards has championed a number of projects in his time as a volunteer: he’s monitored and cared for many conservation lands, some even spending a few days out at a time – walking property boundaries, assessing trails, observing and recording any changes or things that are not permitted on the property, and documenting and taking pictures of notable areas. He also recently helped our stewardship team install important signage at our St. Croix property after discovering evidence of HWA throughout, to inform visitors and help reduce further spread of the adelgid. Join us in celebrating Dennis as our recent Volunteer of the Month!
Remembering David Sobey
21 Sep 2023
Through his very generous support and as an ambassador who inspired many landowners, donors and volunteers to help, David Sobey has left an indelible mark on protecting the St. Mary's River and land conservation across Nova Scotia. The incredible $1 million he and his family provided for the Nature Trust's Twice the Wild campaign has been transformative for the pace and scale of saving wild, endangered spaces. The natural legacy our friend David Sobey leaves behind is an irreplaceable gift - for nature and us all.
Jenna Waugh: A most valuable find
01 Sep 2023
Growing up in Jamaica, Jenna Waugh developed a profound respect for nature. There, she learned the elements of life were embedded in the earth: the land providing gifts and the weather heeding warning. Jenna does miss her childhood home, but her early experiences have allowed her to connect and give deeply to wherever she lands. Please join us in thanking Jenna as our recent Volunteer of the Month, and for bringing her skills and expertise to our team!
With Love, from New York to Nova Scotia
01 Sep 2023
The acquirement of Knob and Round Islands is the latest conservation achievement of our Hope for the Coast campaign, and we are so thankful for the incredible generosity of Sherry, Ed, Hillary and the rest of the Bartlett family for their wonderful gift. The protection of these islands will forever provide an additional 9.3 acres of important connectivity for seabirds and wildlife in an area facing increasing fragmentation and development, and will help ensure the island ecosystems here remain undisturbed.