Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Governments buying Islands

Canada: Private Island Owner Gives Island Away to Local Province

The Mahone Islands Conservation Association is celebrating the protection of yet another private island, after Goat Island was donated to the province of Nova Scotia this month.

  • Former owners John McLennan and family chose to donate Goat Island to the Province of Nova Scotia for the benefit of future generations
  • The donation of the four acre island was finalized earlier this month
  • Goat Island will now be governed by a Stewardship Agreement between MICA and the NS Department of Natural Resources

 

Goat Island - Photo Courtesy of Mahone Islands Conservation Association

Goat Island – Photo Courtesy of Mahone Islands Conservation Association

Private Island Owner Gives Away Island

The Mahone Islands Conservation Association once again has cause to celebrate after finalizing an agreement to bring yet another private island into the public sphere.  This time however, the latest addition to their ever-expanding protected zone is not the result of a frantic fundraising campaign, but rather a gift from an enthusiastic supporter.

The island in question – Goat Island – was generously donated to the conservation group by its former owner, John McLennan. Despite once being listing the island for CAD 25,000, McLennan decided that the best option for his former island escape was to bestow it to the province for the benefit of future generations.

Goat Island

Located on the entrance to Nova Scotia’s picturesque Mahone Bay Harbour, Goat Island has long since been known as an ideal spot for taking in the beautiful surroundings and enjoying a picnic. Indeed, former owner McLennan was such a fan of the surroundings that he chose to keep them in their natural state throughout his ownership.

And, despite once being placed on the market for CAD 25,000, the natural state of beautiful 4 acre island will now be preserved forever, after McLennan took the decision to donate the island to the Province – all for the benefit of the local wildlife and for future generations of Nova Scotians.

Another Private Island in Public Hands

The agreement for the donation of Goat Island to the province of Nova Scotia was finalized earlier this month, much to the delight of Mahone Island Conservation Association Chairman John Meisner, who in a brief statement, thanked and acknowledged McLennan for his generous act.

The island will now be protected by a Stewardship Agreement between the organization and the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources.

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