News release

Mahone Islands Associations Secures Another Treasure

The Mahone Islands Conservation Association has arranged for 16 hectares of islands to be donated by the members of the Long Island Preservation Society for the use and enjoyment of all Nova Scotians.

The members of the Long Island society have agreed to donate, at no cost, Long Island, Dry Island, Centre Island and Snipe Island in Mahone Bay, Lunenburg Co., to the province.

"This is part of our ongoing efforts to expand the proportion of Crown lands and coastal access available for Nova Scotians now and for future generations," said Natural Resources Minister David Morse. "Without organizations like the Mahone Islands Conservation Association and the Long Island Preservation Society, many of these accomplishments would not be possible."

The Mahone Islands Conservation Association's mission is to protect and conserve the natural environment of the islands and shoreline of Mahone Bay. The recent acquisitions complement previous work the province and the association have done to help preserve Andrews, Backman and Covey islands.

"These four islands represent valuable pieces of Nova Scotia," said John Meisner, chair of the Mahone Islands association. "We are pleased to see that these islands will continue to provide traditional, social and recreational opportunities for all Nova Scotians, as well as the many visitors to our beautiful province."

It is an area rich in natural beauty and neighbouring historic influence, with high tourist and travel appeal. The members of the Long Island society have gone to great lengths to ensure an appropriate future for the sought-after islands.

"These islands are some of our province's treasures. We want to make sure that they are used in a way that is fitting for their pristine beauty and rare coastal lands," said Jim Eisenhauer, Long Island society spokesman. "The agreement lets us rest easy that the land will be kept in it's natural state and be available for recreational activities for all Nova Scotians."

Mr. Morse said the Mahone Islands Conservation Association is setting a great example.

"It is helping the province achieve environmental and recreational goals by championing donations and acquisitions in its community," Mr. Morse said.

For more information on the Mahone Islands association, go to www.mahoneislands.ns.ca

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The Mahone Islands Conservation Association arranged for 16 hectares of islands to be generously donated by the members of the Long Island Preservation Society, for the use and enjoyment of all Nova Scotians.

The members of the Long Island Preservation Society have agreed to donate, at no cost, Long Island, Dry Island, Centre Island and Snipe Island in Mahone Bay, Lunenburg Co., to the province.

Natural Resources Minister David Morse says this is part of ongoing efforts to expand the proportion of Crown lands and coastal access.

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Media Contacts:

Jennifer Gavin
Natural Resources 902-424-5239 E-mail:
John Meisner
Mahone Bay Islands Conservation Assoc. 902-634-2104 E-mail:
Jim Eisenhauer
Long Island Preservation Society 902-902-634-2103 E-mail: