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Latest News: Backmans and Coveys Islands
February 22, 2007

Dear MICA Members and Friends,

We are pleased to share with you today's announcement made at the News Conference held by Premier Rodney MacDonald, Natural Resources Minister David Morse and Finance Minister Michael Baker in the town of Mahone Bay. Here are excerpts from the news release:
Islands in Mahone Bay, St. Margarets Bay and North Harbour, and parcels of land in Guysborough and Queens counties, are among the properties that are being added to the province's existing Crown lands.

Among the new Crown purchases confirmed today were:
  • Coveys and Backman Islands, 61 hectares (150.5 acres) in Mahone Bay, Lunenburg Co. Both islands have high potential for recreational use and will expand the province's limited coastal access on the South Shore of Nova Scotia.
  • Little Indian Island (also known as Micou's Island), St. Margarets Bay, Halifax Co., a nine-hectare (22 acre) island that features natural wetlands and is also of recreational value.

"We want to thank the partners, like the Mahone Island Conservation Association and the St. Margaret's Bay Stewardship Association, who are helping to ensure the future of some of these properties through stewardship agreements," said Mr. Morse.

"These lands will help Nova Scotia protect endangered species and return some of this province's precious coastal property to Nova Scotians' hands," Premier Rodney MacDonald said today, Feb. 22, at a news conference in Mahone Bay. "These lands will provide recreational and environmental benefits to Nova Scotians today and into the future."

Natural Resources Minister David Morse said it was important that the province seize the opportunity to complete these additional acquisitions this year so the lands were not lost to development.

The full News Release may be read here.

If you have any questions, please contact any of our Directors.



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