Loving Nature Forever: Wayne Ryder
26 Feb 2021
Wayne Ryder was born with a love for nature. He and his brothers all grew up on an isolated farm and loved heading into nearby woods, building camps, fishing and being in nature. Many years later, walking in the woods is still Wayne’s favourite thing to do. “I guess I never grew up,” he says jokingly.
Volunteers of the Month: Bonnie and Clyde McGrath
25 Feb 2021
Bonnie and Clyde McGrath have been volunteering for the Nova Scotia Nature Trust as property guardians in the St. Mary’s River area since 2015. Both from nearby communities and with strong family ties that go back for generations, their connection to the area is deeply personal.
Mary Ann Beaton: Mabou heritage now preserved forever
08 Feb 2021
In 1809 the first white settlers landed in Mabou. Alexander and Finlay Beaton had left Scotland in 1804, landing first in Prince Edward Island before crossing the strait to Cape Breton. These men are likely ancestors of Douglas Beaton who had been deeded a woodlot owned by the family since at least the mid-1800's. His widow Mary Ann recently sold this lot to the Nature Trust to form part of the Mabou Highlands Conservation Area.
Volunteer of the Month: Keith Macdonald
29 Jan 2021
Our first Volunteer of the Month for 2021 is Keith Macdonald. A Property Guardian for our Hemeon's Head conservation lands, Keith brings his love of plants and exploring together to help with the Nature Trust's conservation efforts. This year, he and his wife, Patrice d'Entremont, have spent considerable time in the newly protected Blue Mountain Wilderness Connector, collecting data to help with our baseline reporting. Read on for Keith's story!
MapleCross: Investing in Canada’s Natural Heritage
27 Jan 2021
Thanks to the inspiring investment of an exciting new conservation partner, the Nature Trust was able to protect, forever, the ecological gem called Spectacle Island. While Isobel Ralston and Jan Oudenes, founders of the Ontario-based MapleCross fund, have invested significantly in numerous land trust projects all across Canada in the last three years, Spectacle Island is their first project in Nova Scotia and brings a new source of funding for urgent land conservation efforts here.
Jason Roth & Cheryl Steadman-Roth: Appreciating the Collective Power of the Nature Trust
22 Jan 2021
Who doesn’t want their children to have a better life than they had? Putting the brakes on the loss of wilderness, and enabling us to preserve something for our children and grandchildren to enjoy--read about Jason and Cheryl’s ongoing, foundational support of the Nature Trust as “Guardians of the Land”.
Our own Central Park: Robin Wilber, Bill Fenton, and the Blue Mountain Wilderness Connector
02 Jan 2021
The Blue Mountain wilderness connector is a 560-acre property at the heart of the Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lakes, a huge wildland within Halifax Regional Municipality - and it’s now protected, forever. This major win for nature wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the land’s former owners, Robin Wilber and M. William Fenton, Sr. (Bill), who saw the true value of their land and didn’t hesitate to make this donation as a gift to their community, on behalf of generations of family.
How You Saved the Wild Blue
01 Jan 2021
This interactive storymap shares the story of the Blue Mountain Wilderness Connector, at the heart of the beloved Blue Mountain - Birch Cove lakes. This property was protected by the Nature Trust in December 2020, ensuring that more than 5,000 acres of undeveloped wildlands remain unbroken and securing the future of one of the largest expanses of urban wilderness in North America. The success of the campaign to Save the Wild Blue is a major milestone in the Nature Trust's goal of doubling its protected lands across Nova Scotia by 2023.
Thanks to you, we have saved the Wild Blue!
29 Dec 2020
We’re proud to announce that, with the help of major funding partners and so many individual supporters, we have now succeeded in protecting the Blue Mountain Wilderness Connector, linking together 2,023 hectares (5000 acres) and ensuring the future of these irreplaceable urban wildlands, forever.
Volunteers of the Month: Property Guardians Ingrid and Burkhard Plache
27 Dec 2020
This month we are honouring Property Guardians Ingrid & Burkhard Plache. Giving their time and many talents to the Nature Trust has given Ingrid and Burkhard the opportunity to connect with the natural world in the most unique way, while also protecting the land they cherish.