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Birch Island - Our Latest Project - Update

April 3, 2022

Congratulations MICA members, supporters and partners.

The Mahone Islands Conservation Association (MICA) Board of Directors is very pleased to announce that Birch Island was acquired in partnership on March 31, 2022.

We offer our sincere thanks and appreciation to our government partners - the Province of Nova Scotia, through the Department of Natural Resources and Renewables which now holds title and the Municipality of Chester. We also offer sincere thanks to the many private and corporate donors who responded to our solicitation which allowed MICA to meet its financial obligation for this important acquisition.

Birch Island       Birch Island
Birch Island

Birch Island, approximately 16 acres located in the Municipality of Chester and to the south of Clay Island, is essentially in its natural state and has been a popular picnic island for many years. It is typical of many of the Mahone Bay islands having a beautiful beach on the north side with an environmentally important barrischois (salt water pond) behind it as well as a small forest.

This island marks our 20th acquisition - a milestone for MICA and our members.

The concept of ‘LEAVE ONLY YOUR FOOTPRINTS’ will be employed and the goal of ‘Property Users are the Property Stewards’ will be the guiding principle for the use of this wonderful island.

If you haven’t donated to this acquisition we respectfully ask that you consider doing so. Our financial resources have been significantly reduced and we need to build up reserves for our next project.

You may do so by:
  a. cheque to MICA, PO Box 427, Mahone Bay, NS B0J 2E0
  b. online through CanadaHelps.org (apply donation to Island Purchases)
  c. E-Transfer by emailing info@mahoneislands.ns.ca

Receipts will be provided.

Regarding Membership, thank you to all our members who are paid up to date. This is very helpful to MICA and sends a strong message to our partners and contributors that we have large public support. Our goal is that everyone who enjoys our islands in any way is a MICA member.

Follow this link to renew your membership and please encourage your friends to join.

MICA Directors extend a sincere and hearty 'thank you and congratulations to our members, our private supporters, our corporate supporters, our Gala Dinner and Auction supporters, our countless volunteers and in particular the Province of Nova Scotia and the Municipality of Chester for this important acquisition.

Together we are creating a legacy.

Thank you,

MICA Board of Directors

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February 6, 2022

Congratulations MICA members and supporters.

The Mahone Islands Conservation Association (MICA) Board of Directors is very pleased to announce that on February 4, 2022 MICA and the Province of Nova Scotia, through the Department of Natural Resources and Renewables have entered into an agreement for the partnered acquisition of Birch Island.

Birch Island
Birch Island

Birch Island, approximately 16 acres located in the Municipality of Chester and to the south of Clay Island, is essentially in its natural state and has been a popular picnic island for many years. It is typical of many of the Mahone Bay islands having a beautiful beach on the north side with an environmentally important barrischois (salt water pond) behind it as well as a small forest.

The island has been privately owned and on closing, will be another MICA island available for public use and protected by a typical joint stewardship agreement between the Province and MICA.

Closing is scheduled for March 20 and is subject to the normal terms and conditions including final approval by the Province.

MICA’s commitment to the acquisition is $150,000 due on closing plus associated legal fees.

MICA is very pleased to advise that the Municipality of Chester has donated $75,000 to MICA in support of this acquisition.

At this time, MICA has approximately $48,000 available for the project. Therefore we need to fundraise $27,000 between now and March 20 to meet the balance of our financial obligation.

We respectfully ask that you donate toward this exciting acquisition.

You may do so by:
  a. cheque to MICA, PO Box 427, Mahone Bay, NS B0J 2E0, or
  b. online through CanadaHelps.org (apply donation to Island Purchases)

Receipts will be provided. Any funds raised additional to this amount will be retained by MICA and used for future acquisitions.

On closing, the property will complement the 18 MICA islands and parts thereof and the recently acquired Oakland property, for conservation and traditional public use.

The concept of ‘LEAVE ONLY YOUR FOOTPRINTS’ will be employed and the goal of ‘Property Users are the Property Stewards’ will be the guiding principle for the use of this wonderful island.

MICA Directors extend a sincere and hearty 'thank you and congratulations' to our members, our private supporters, our corporate supporters, our Gala Dinner and Auction supporters, our countless volunteers and in particular the Province of Nova Scotia and the Municipality of Chester for this important acquisition.

Together we are creating a legacy.

Thank you and congratulations,

Sincerely,
MAHONE ISLANDS CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION
Directors

 
 
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