News release

Province to Negotiate Purchase of Backmans, Coveys Islands

Nova Scotians could soon own two small islands, considered to be the jewels of Mahone Bay.

Natural Resources Minister David Morse told members of the Mahone Bay Islands Conservation Association today, Nov. 10, that the province will negotiate with the owners of Backmans Island and Coveys Island to bring both properties under Crown ownership and protection.

"Both locations would be a wonderful legacy for all Nova Scotians," said Mr. Morse. "Residents and tourists have come to appreciate the beauty and unique nature of Mahone Bay. Public ownership would ensure that the pristine qualities of the islands remain intact for generations to come. We hope to finalize purchase arrangements before March 31, 2007. When that's complete, we look forward to working with members of the Mahone Bay Islands Conservation Association on future stewardship programs."

John Meisner, chair of the association's acquisitions committee, says said the commitment by the province's commitment demonstrates tremendous shows vision.

"We are very pleased that our partnership with the Department of Natural Resources continues to develop in such a positive manner," said Mr. Meisner. "It started with the acquisition of Andrews Island last year, which our members supported financially in a big way. The potential addition of Backmans and Coveys islands to public ownership would provide long-lasting value to Nova Scotians and visitors from around the world."

For more information on the Mahone Bay Islands Conservation Association, visit the website at www.mahoneislands.ns.ca .

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Two beautiful islands in Mahone Bay could soon belong to Nova Scotians.

Natural Resources Minister David Morse says the province will negotiate for the purchase of Backmans Island and Coveys Island.

Mr. Morse says his department will work closely with the Mahone Bay Islands Conservation Association to take over the islands for the enjoyment of future generations.

Earlier this year, the province bought Andrews Island on behalf of the public.

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Media Contacts:

Richard Perry
Natural Resources 902-424-2354 Cell: 221-6495 E-mail:
Michael Ernst
Mahone Bay Islands Conservation Assoc. 902-624-8864 E-mail: