Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Governments buying Islands

United States: Another Conservation Group Raises Funds for Island Purchase

Wilderness in popular Kennebunkport is in increasingly short supply, but an organization has just successfully fundraised enough to preserve an island and almost 100 mainland acres.

(Image Courtesy of John Dalton)

In July, the Trust for Public Land, a national conservation organization, issued a strong plea for donations to purchase …Read More: United States: Another Conservation Group Raises Funds for Island Purchase

Environment

United States: Maine Moves to Protect 13 More Islands

The state of Maine is attempting to designate more than a dozen islands as new wilderness areas, part of a growing trend of protecting these rare habitats.

(Image of Outer Heron Island by Keith P. Luke)

According to Mike Michaud, a Maine congressional representative, his state hasn’t been doing …Read More: United States: Maine Moves to Protect 13 More Islands

Governments buying Islands

United Kingdom: Wildlife Trust Bids for Skokholm Island Lighthouse

Across the world, islands that were once privately-owned are being put into public hands; this month in Wales, a conservation group is aiming to complete their purchase of a beautiful wildlife haven.

(Image by Mike Graham/Geograph.uk)

The steep, red-hued cliffs of Skokholm Island, surrounded by the cold waters of Jack …Read More: United Kingdom: Wildlife Trust Bids for Skokholm Island Lighthouse

Development

France: Paris administration departments behind purchase of Seine River Island

Model of proposed island development

New plans to develop the island of Seguin in the Seine river in west Paris will begin next year, according to French newswire AFP and other article from Art Media Agency.

Ile Seguin, Seine River, Paris

Located between the communes of Boulogne and Billancourt, the island was bought from Renault …Read More: France: Paris administration departments behind purchase of Seine River Island

Governments buying Islands

Canada: Nova Scotia’s Passion for Island Conservation

Backmans Island

Years ago, the Canadian government sold off tracts of land – including small islands – to private buyers. With strong public support, non-profits and the Government of Canada are now putting this land back in the public domain.

(Image Courtesy of Vladi Private Islands)

…Read More: Canada: Nova Scotia’s Passion for Island Conservation

Governments buying Islands

Scotland: The Isle of Gigha gets ready for its 10th Music Festival

Isle of Gigha

The small Isle of Gigha, pronounced Geeya, off the west coast of Kintyre, Scotland is preparing for its 10th annual Music Festival, a three-day event that will take place from 24-26 June. Henri Macaulay, a member of the organizing committee, talks to Antoinette about the festival and life on Gigha, a most interesting island …Read More: Scotland: The Isle of Gigha gets ready for its 10th Music Festival

Governments buying Islands

North Carolina Family “Adopt” Their Own Island

A water-loving family from Charlotte, NC are giving back to their community in a unique way: by adopting a small island in Lake Norman through a local conservation program.

A man-made lake that sprawls out across more than 50 square miles of North Carolina, the immense Lake Norman is sometimes referred to as the …Read More: North Carolina Family “Adopt” Their Own Island

Governments buying Islands

Ireland: The greatness of Great Blasket Island

Island cottage

Great Blasket Island is the largest in a chain of grassy, green islands at the westernmost tip of Europe, off the picturesque coast of County Kerry, Ireland.  Michael de Mordha, who works for the government’s Office of Public Works Heritage Services, is the Director of the Great Blasket Centre. He talks to Antoinette about …Read More: Ireland: The greatness of Great Blasket Island

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