New Nature Reserve in McKinnon’s Harbour Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Local Trust Protects 40 Acres of Habitat on the Bras d’Or Lakes

Volunteers measure a mature pine on the new nature reserve.

Volunteers measure a mature pine on the new nature reserve.

Baddeck, Nova Scotia (March 8, 2013)- The Bras d’Or Preservation Nature Trust is pleased to announce the creation of a new nature reserve on the shores of the Bras d’Or Lakes on Cape Breton Island. McKinnon’s Point is an ecologically important property located in McKinnon’s Harbour, near Iona. The conserved land protects nearly 2 kilometers of shoreline on the Bras d’Or and 40 acres of upland forest.  It is home to bald eagles, deer, undisturbed forest with mature oak and pine as well as rare and sensitive plants.

“We are very pleased that we are able to carry out the landowners wish to see this land permanently protected,” says Chair for the organization, Grosvenor Blair. “The donor cherished the time she spent visiting the property with her family as a child. Both she, and her father before her, wished to keep the land in a natural condition. We are very happy our organization can guarantee the land stays that way forever to the benefit of the ecosystems here in the Bras d’Or Lakes watershed.”

In addition to the landowner’s generous donation of land, the conservation project was made possible with the funding support of the EJLB Foundation and the Nova Scotia Crown Share Land Legacy Trust Fund. The property will be owned and managed by the Bras d’Or Preservation Nature Trust and available for research and restoration projects.

The Bras d’Or Preservation Nature Trust is the oldest land trust in the province of Nova Scotia. It was the first organization designated by the province as an eligible recipient of conservation easements in 1992. This local charitable organization works to protect environmentally significant private land in the Bras d’Or Lakes watershed and to raise awareness about the unique ecological and cultural heritage of the Bras d’Or Lakes. The trust also operates the Bras d’Or Lakes & Watershed Interpretative Centre in Baddeck.

Learn more about how we help landowners conserve important habitat in the Bras d’Or Lakes watershed. 

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