Freshwater Legacy Campaign
Our Freshwater Legacy project addresses the globally significant conservation issue of preserving freshwater habitat and reducing biodiversity loss through the following key activities:
- Permanently protecting the regions’ highest priority freshwater habitats through private land conservation
- Providing educational information and learning opportunities about freshwater habitats and their conservation needs
- Engaging landowners, volunteers and local citizens in hands-on stewardship activities in their local communities and empowering them to act to protect biodiversity
- Working with local communities and a diversity of conservation partners to reduce threats and human impacts on freshwater habitats and species
This project will continue to protect critical habitats for a diversity of wildlife that depend on this freshwater legacy, including globally and nationally significant species at risk, and for future generations of Nova Scotians.
Why is it important?
Our freshwater legacy and the biodiversity it supports are at risk. Only 3% of the planet’s water is fresh water, and less than 1% of that is available for human use. These global issues are particularly relevant in Nova Scotia. While we are best known for our amazing coastline, Nova Scotia is also home to spectacular rivers, lakes and wetlands, upon which all Nova Scotians depend. These beautiful and wild landscapes provide refuge to some of Canada’s most unique and endangered species, and support a diversity of critical ecological services from drinking water supply to flood prevention. Yet these freshwater landscapes face unprecedented impacts, which result in habitat loss, one of the greatest threats to biodiversity. There is an urgent need to permanently protect important freshwater habitats, before it’s too late.
Goals and Objectives:
We have the power to do exactly what is needed to help preserve freshwater habitat – protect the land through which freshwater flows. The project goals are to conserve freshwater habitats and the species that depend on them through land conservation, by:
- Increasing the amount of legally, permanently protected freshwater habitats through private land conservation
- Increasing the number of landowners who are aware of important freshwater habitats and species on their properties and the options for being good stewards
- Increasing public awareness about threats to freshwater habitats and species
- Providing education and hands-on opportunities for getting involved in conservation and stewardship
News and Achievements:
- New St. Marys River Property Protected Forever!
- Newly Protected! Devils Jaw Conservation Lands
- Herbert River Conservation Lands
- Bull Moose Meadow Conservation Lands
- Waternish Conservation Lands
- Hemlock Hill Conservation Lands (Underway)
Thank you to our generous recent land donors:
- Hardy Eshbaugh - Waternish Conservation Lands
Thank you to our generous freshwater funders:
|Marguerite Hubbard Charitable Foundation|
|Lands and Legacies
|Nova Scotia Crown
Share Land Legacy Trust
|David and Faye Sobey Foundation||Frank Sobey|
|This project was undertaken
with the financial support of
the Government of Canada
Ce projet a été réalisé avec l'appui financier du gouvernement du Canada.
|The Echo Foundation||Keurig Canada||
|ExxonMobil||Small Change Fund|