Appeared in The Chronicle Herald, November 11, 2006
Nova Scotians could soon own two small islands considered to be the jewels of Mahone Bay.
Natural Resources Minister David Morse told members of the Mahone Bay Islands Conservation Association on Friday that the province will negotiate with the owners of Backmans and Coveys islands to bring both properties under Crown ownership and protection.
"Both locations would be a wonderful legacy for all Nova Scotians" Mr. Morse said in a news release. "Residents and tourists have come to appreciate the beauty and unique nature of Mahone Bay. Public ownership would ensure that the pristine qualities of the islands remain intact for generations to come."
The province hopes to finalize purchase arrangements before March.
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