About MICA: Overview
To protect and conserve the natural environment of the islands and shoreline of Mahone Bay, and the traditional, social and recreational opportunities valued by its various communities.
A number of concerned residents began meeting in the fall of 2002 as a direct response to the accelerated private development of many of the Mahone Bay Islands. This development includes road construction, housing, deforestation, landscaping, wharf and seawall construction, all of which result in significant changes to the natural island environment.
MICA held its first public meeting on March 29, 2003 in Mahone Bay with the purpose of explaining the concerns of the organization and gauging the level of general public support for the Mission. The meeting had attendance of over 180 with a packed hall. The audience provided overwhelming support for the work of the Association and provided solid encouragement for continuing the work towards the Mission.
MICA held the second public meeting on July 16, 2003 at the Lunenburg Yacht Club with the purpose of providing a progress update and introducing the Conservation Area concept. Again, the audience provided much encouragement and reinforcement for the group to continue its activities.
MICA works from time to time with groups that have similar missions.
Since 2003, MICA has made presentations to a number of groups.
In addition, MICA has had information booths at the various events including the following:
- Mahone Bay Classic Boat Festival
- Halifax International Boat Show
- Chester Working Group Annual Meeting
MICA Membership has been available since the first public meeting. Over 800 have joined with many of these being current active members.
Membership fees are $10.00 per person per year.