|Photo by Jeff Amos|
St. Marys River Conservation Legacy Campaign!
As part of our focus on protecting Nova Scotia's freshwater legacy, the St. Marys River Conservation Legacy Campaign has been working with private landowners along the St. Marys River to create a "ribbon of green" since 2006. Securing the protection of critical floodplain and upland forest, islands, beaches, and other wildlife habitat along the river is vital to maintaining the health and ecological integrity of the river. The river also provides crutial habitat for two species at risk: Wood Turtle (nationally Threatened), and Atlantic Salmon (Nova Scotia Southern Upland population, assessed as Endangered by COSEWIC). As habitat loss negatively impacts these species across their range, we need to do what we can to secure their long-term ability to find shelter along the St. Marys River.
Beyond its tremendous ecological values, the St. Marys River is also a legendary salmon and trout fishing river, and people have explored its waters and forests for centuries. Sections of the river are wonderful for paddling – the river weaves through lush hardwood and towering coniferous forests, with the occasional gently sloping floodplain, perfect for pauses and camping. The river is well-known to birders and naturalists as well, and regularly used for field trips, educational activities and university field schools.
Both local residents and visitors, who travel from afar to experience the magic of the river for themselves, have seen devastating changes over the past few decades. The St. Marys faces increased pressures from many activities, which impact the river’s ecological integrity and the species that live in and around it.
Fortunately, there are many people working to preserve the river's wild legacy. Our partners in conservation on the river, including the St. Mary's River Association, Environment and Climate Change Canada, and the provincial departments of Environment and Natural Resources, are all bringing their expertise and resources to bear on this challenge.
These are the 7 Conservation Lands protected along the river so far:
- West River Conservation Lands (2015) - 15 acres
- Hemlock Hill Conservation Lands (2014) - 138 acres
- Waternish Conservation Lands (2014) – 160 acres
- Archibald Conservation Lands (2010) – 15 acres
- C.W. Anderson Conservation Lands (2009) – 111 acres
- Hemlock Fall Conservation Lands (2008) – 220 acres
- A.M. “Sandy” Cameron Conservation Lands (2006) – 90 acres
We extend our sincere thanks to all our supporters, donors, and in-kind partners who have made this project possible. Join us in this important work today!
How You Can Help
Your donation to the St. Marys River Campaign will help the Nature Trust continue to protect and steward important natural areas on the river, while the most significant natural features and processes are still intact. With your support, we can ensure that the St. Marys River, one of Nova Scotia's ecological gems, is there for our children and grandchildren to enjoy.
For your donation of $200 or more, you will receive a free set of St. Marys River notecards, featuring the photography of Jeff Amos.
- Download a donation form or donate online
- Properties Protected by the Nova Scotia Nature Trust along the St. Mary's River
News and Stories
- Nature Trust Celebrates Earth Day with a Gift of Nature on the St. Marys (Earth Day Press Release, April 22, 2015)
- Nature Trust Works to Save Wild River Gem (World Rivers Day Press Release, Sept. 29, 2014)
- Hardy and Barbara Eshbaugh: Leaving a Conservation Legacy on the Beloved St. Mary’s River (Press Release August 9, 2014)
- Nature Trust Catches a Big One for Earth Day (Press Release April 21, 2008)
- In Nature We Trust (Chronicle Herald May 13, 2007)
- Everybody Loves Mary(Atlantic Salmon Journal, Summer 2006)
- Lifestyle Nova Scotia Magazine, June-August 2006
- St. Mary’s River Campaign ad
- Legacy of Love (Atlantic Salmon Journal, Winter 2006)
- Nature Trust Celebrates Major Conservation Gift on St. Mary’s River (NSNT)
- Cameron Property Closing a Wonderful Success (NSNT)
- Battle Set for St. Mary’s (Chronicle Herald, May 30, 2006)
- Lasting Legacy: Camerons donate land to Nature Trust (Guysborough Journal, July 19, 2006)
Major Project Supporters
|Hardy & Barbara Eshbaugh|
|Lands and Legacies
|Nova Scotia Crown Share Land Legacy Trust|
|Marguerite Hubbard Charitable Foundation||David & Faye Sobey Foundation||Frank Sobey|
|The Echo Foundation||Keurig Canada||Banrock Station Wines|
|ExxonMobil||Small Change Fund|
* Forever Wild St. Mary’s River Logo by Revolve