Squid Island - Project completed:
April 2, 2015
Congratulations MICA members and supporters. We have added another island to the Mahone Islands Conservation Area.
We are very pleased and excited to announce that, in partnership with the Province of Nova Scotia, Squid Island has been purchased and will now be included in our collection of islands in Mahone Bay.
For those of you who are not familiar with the island, it is about 12 acres and located off Western Shore and south of the famous Oak Island. It is essentially in its natural state having had a bit of silviculture several years ago. It has a nice little beach on the western side and is a popular island for local residents.
MICA contributed $180,000 towards the acquisition. We had sufficient funds in reserve so did not require a specific fund raising campaign. These funds were the result of donations by MICA members and supporters, the success of our annual Gala Dinner and Auction and the generosity of the artists and donors and Corporate Supporters. We would also like to gratefully acknowledge the support we received from Sitka Foundation for this acquisition, and the Municipality of the District of Chester.
Squid will now be managed jointly by MICA and the province under a Stewardship Agreement, as are the other MICA islands.
Since our beginnings in 2002, we have raised more than $1,100,000 from our generous supporters. Together with our major funding partners, the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg and the Province of Nova Scotia, we have established a very significant legacy in Mahone Bay. Our work has brought Andrews Island, Backmans Island, Covey Island, the northern part of Masons Island, Sacrifice Island, Shag Island (Indian on the chart), the central part of Masons, and Bella Island back into public ownership. In addition, we are managing four islands generously donated by the Long Island Preservation Society: Long, Centre, Dry, and Snipe Islands.
Our financial resources are now depleted and any donations would be especially welcome at this time so that we will be better positioned to pursue future acquisition opportunities.
Thank you again for your continuing support.
MAHONE ISLANDS CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION