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Rogues Roost Conservation Campaign






Nestled midway between Chester and Halifax on Nova Scotia’s south shore, lies an iconic and much-loved piece of Nova Scotia’s coastal legacy, Rogues Roost.

This highly scenic coastal wilderness remains virtually untouched, encompassing wild and dramatic rocky coastal barrens, headlands, coves and 22 islands. Its vast, undisturbed landscape and over 18 kilometers of shoreline provide important habitat for endangered mainland moose, Common Eider, and Harlequin Duck, all species of high conservation concern. The natural area is predominantly Crown land, proposed for Wilderness Area designation under Nova Scotia’s Parks and Protected Areas Plan by the end of 2015.

Within this spectacular coastal wilderness lies an almost hidden, secluded cove. This cove has a long and colourful history as a sheltered refuge for seafarers and adventurers, from naval ships and fishing vessels to pirates and rum-runners, all seeking refuge in the isolated bays and narrow passages.  Today Rogues Roost is internationally renowned as one of the best sailing anchorages in Nova Scotia, and treasured by local families, boaters, sea kayakers, climbers and hikers, alike.

At the heart of this 1200 hectare coastal wilderness, at the entry to the treasured cove, an ‘inholding’ of privately owned land, known as Roost Pond, has long been a concern to all who know and love the area.  Fears were high that the private lands could be developed, jeopardizing the integrity and the wild and pristine nature of this incredible wilderness, and threatening the unique wilderness experience Rogues Roost offers.

But the risk of development is gone.  Securing this critical piece at the heart of Rogues Roost ultimately ensures the entire 1200 hectare coastal wilderness is kept intact and wild. The Nature Trust is part way through a multi-stage conservation effort to protect the site. The first step, purchasing the Roost Pond property, is now complete. In December, 2015 the Province designated the provincially-owned lands as a provincial Wilderness Area under Nova Scotia’s Parks and Protected Areas Plan. In partnership with this, the Nature Trust will continue to steward and ensure protection of the land through a conservation easement and ongoing monitoring.

On Oceans Day 2015, June 8th, the Nature Trust launched a $300,000 fundraising campaign to protect Rogues Roost, forever.  Funds are needed to recover purchase costs, and to fund the conservation and management planning, conservation partnership with the Province, and ongoing Nature Trust stewardship to ensure it remains wild and beautiful, just as it is today, for generations to come.

We invite Nova Scotians and all who know and love Rogues Roost to step up and help in its protection. 

Donate today.

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Our thanks to the Province of Nova Scotia for partnering to protect Rogues Roost.


Special thanks to our Major Gift Donors:

Bill and Kathy Greenwood

Richard Rafuse and Wendy Johnston

Rob Dexter and Deanna Skinner