F. Towne Allen: a History of Connections
17 Aug 2022
What do the Halifax Explosion, protected Conservation Lands near Port Medway, Twice the Wild and F. Towne Allen, a psychotherapist from New York all have in common? Read this month’s donor story to find out!
Nature Trust Advocates Once More: Chris and Hiya Field
27 Apr 2022
Several years ago we brought you the story of Chris and Hiya Field who had just pledged to become Champions of the Wild (then called Guardians of the Land), and today we’re happy to reprise their story and let you know that the Fields have recently renewed their support as Champions!
Keith and Anne Fraser: A Blue Mountain Family Legacy
20 Jan 2022
The latest addition to our protected lands in the Blue Mountain - Birch Cove Lakes comes to us from a family with deep-rooted history in the area. The newly protected property was once the site of the Fraser family's original saw mill. Thanks to Keith and Anne Fraser, it will now be part of one of North America's largest urban wildlands - forever.
Bruce Blakemore: Lasting Love for Coastal Conservation
22 Nov 2021
Our volunteer of the month, Bruce Blakemore, first connected with the Nature Trust when she and her late husband, Hugh Jones, wanted to conserve their own coastal property at Purgatory Point. They immediately jumped in to steward the nearby conservation land of Crow Neck Beach as Property Guardians, and here Bruce shares the story of that inspiration.
Stewart Lindsay: First Guardian of the Land from the United States
22 Aug 2021
Although Stewart Lindsay is usually found in Connecticut during the winter, he and his family have spent summers in Nova Scotia for most of his life, and he considers himself to be as much Nova Scotian as American. He helped the Nature Trust protect a well-loved island more than a decade ago - and now he has become the first member of our Guardians of the Land donor group from the United States!
Volunteer of the Month: Mary Guptill
30 Jun 2021
This month, we’re delighted to showcase Mary Guptill as our Volunteer of the Month! In 2018, Mary and her husband Delbé made a 44 acre land donation that encompasses almost an entire island on Belliveau Lake. Protecting the island had been Mary’s quest since the 1980s, and since giving it to the Nature Trust to protect in perpetuity, Mary has continued to volunteer there as a Property Guardian to support its stewardship.
Jack MacKillop: A Kitchen Table Cape Bretoner
15 Apr 2021
Jack recently donated his Long Hill property to the Nature Trust, adding to a growing collection of protected lands across the Beinn Bhreagh peninsula, known to many as the home of the Alexander Graham Bell Estate.
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.
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.
David & Abby Rumsey: A Personal Connection to Mabou
29 Jun 2020
One of the highlights of the past year was celebrating the incredible contributions of supporter, champion and volunteer extraordinaire, David Rumsey. He was honoured with the Nature Trust’s 2019 Conservation Award for his contributions of vision, leadership, inspiration, energy and generous financial support that brought to fruition a long-standing dream for a vast coastal wilderness protecting the Mabou Highlands. The impacts of his contributions continue, with new conservation wins in the Mabou Highlands this year, and more on the way, inspired by and possible thanks to David. David recently shared his story of how the Mabou Highlands came to mean so much to him, with Nature Trust volunteer writer Andy Robinson.