Saturday, September 25, 2021

Governments buying Islands

Canada: Nature Conservancy Pushes For Lake Huron Island Purchase

The Nature Conservancy of Canada is eager to purchase a massive plot of pristine island land from a timber company, but first it will need to finish raising CAD $15.2 million.

(Image by the Nature Conservancy of Canada)

Cockburn Island is a true rarity in Ontario’s celebrated “Cottage …Read More: Canada: Nature Conservancy Pushes For Lake Huron Island Purchase

Environment

USA: The Life of the “Lone Ranger” on Florida’s Anclote Key

For one solitude-loving park ranger, a small Florida key and its refurbished historic lighthouse give a whole new twist to “home sweet home”.

(US Government image of Anclote Key)

When it comes to getting away from it all, few places on the American mainland can compare to the Florida …Read More: USA: The Life of the “Lone Ranger” on Florida’s Anclote Key

Environment

USA: Gilligan’s Island Goes Green with Solar Power Array

The Hawaiian isle where the iconic television series was filmed is now embracing the green-tech revolution with a cutting edge solar power development.

(Coconut Island image by Farhad Vladi)

In the 1960’s, television audiences were enraptured by the tale told by “Gilligan’s Island” – after all, who wouldn’t want …Read More: USA: Gilligan’s Island Goes Green with Solar Power Array

Environment

New Zealand: Ngati Toa Celebrate Return of Two Ancestral Islands

A group of Maori people in the Cook Strait are reclaiming their historical islands after reaching an extensive settlement with the New Zealand government.

(South view from rugged Kapiti Island)

In a landmark deal, New Zealand’s Ngati Toa people have been granted a settlement from the government worth NZD …Read More: New Zealand: Ngati Toa Celebrate Return of Two Ancestral Islands

Environment

USA: Ambitious Wind Farm Plan for Lanai Energizes Controversy

Now that billionaire Larry Ellison has purchased Hawaii’s vast Lanai Island, locals are anxiously awaiting word on whether a controversial wind farm will move forward.

(Hulopoe Beach overlooking the Four Seasons Lanai)

The term N.I.M.B.Y. has been a rallying cry for anti-wind farm sentiment in recent years – in …Read More: USA: Ambitious Wind Farm Plan for Lanai Energizes Controversy

Island Issues

South Pacific: Islanders Await Hillary Clinton at Pacific Islands Forum

The government of the tiny Cook Islands is busy preparing for an unusually high-ranking guest at this week’s Pacific Islands Forum – including having to borrow SUVs from residents.

(Rarotonga image from cookislands.org.uk)

With 15 diverse member states scattered over the vast South Pacific, the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) …Read More: South Pacific: Islanders Await Hillary Clinton at Pacific Islands Forum

Breaking Island News

Australia: 20-Year Island Hermit David Glasheen Faces Eviction

The sole inhabitant of Australia’s Restoration Island has lived there in peaceful solitude for almost 20 years, but this island hermit may have to find a new home.

(Image of Resto by australia.gov.au)

When it comes to some private islands, the phrase “use it, or lose it” seems to …Read More: Australia: 20-Year Island Hermit David Glasheen Faces Eviction

Governments buying Islands

USA: Illinois Philanthropist Donates Private Island to Conservancy

An environmental foundation in Illinois received a very generous gift from a local donor on Thursday – a beautiful 170-acre island in the Upper Mississippi River.

(Upper Mississippi River image by the NPS)

The trend of islands transferring from private to public hands continues this month, with the recent …Read More: USA: Illinois Philanthropist Donates Private Island to Conservancy