Small and special islands, big and better protection!

01 May 2024

Shiprock Island boasts a large west facing cliff said to be used by vessels for cannonball practice. (Photo: Nick Hawkins)

A few months ago, we shared the story of donor Denny Emory, where we touched on the expanded protection of the Ship Rock Island Group. Part of our 100 Wild Islands Focus Area, this small family of distinct islands were originally protected in 2002 by then-owner, Rudy Haase. Now, thanks to our friend Denny, government funding partners, and wonderful supporters like you, the Nature Trust has purchased the island group, giving us all reason to celebrate even further!

Comprising a total of 37 acres, Upper Tickle, Lower Tickle, Moose, and Ship Rock Islands lie together in one of the last remaining intact and ecologically rich archipelagos of similar size in North America. Characterised by rocky shores, coastal forests of mainly balsam fir and spruce, and several low-lying wet areas, the purchase of this island group ensures that their rare beauty will continue to grace the nearshore landscape of the Eastern Shore forever.

This project was undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada through the federal Department of Environment and Climate Change.

It was also made possible with additional funds raised through our Hope for the Coast campaign. Thanks to this generous support, generations of Nova Scotians will always be able to access and enjoy the unique and diverse nature of these “4/100 Wild Islands.”

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