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Nature Trust and Acadia: A First in Canadian Land Conservation
September 9th, 2011
Nature Trust and Acadia University Celebrate Landmark Conservation Partnership and Launch of Bon Portage Island Conservation Campaign
Acadia University and the Nature Trust yesterday announced a new groundbreaking conservation partnership. The two organizations have committed to work together to protect a series of environmentally sensitive properties owned by Acadia.
The first Acadia property slated for protection is Bon Portage Island, located in Shag Harbour off Nova Scotia’s southern coast. Bon Portage, at 300 acres, is one of Nova Scotia’s last remaining large unspoiled coastal islands, and one of the province's most ecologically important islands. It provides habitat for thousands of colonial breeding birds, including the largest colony of Leach’s storm-petrels south of Newfoundland and Labrador. The island will be permanently protected through a conservation easement agreement.
Nature Trust Executive Director, Bonnie Sutherland, applauded Acadia for being a pioneer among academic institutions in Canada and noted, “We hope this landmark conservation easement, the first of its kind in Canada, inspires other academic institutions across the country to follow Acadia’s lead, by taking action to protect significant natural areas in their own care.”
View photos, videos and find out more about the Bon Portage Campaign at our campaign website: http://nsnt.ca/bonportage/
To learn more about Acadia University, please visit www.acadiau.ca
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