Take it Outside Girls Program, the Sea School's first all-girls expedition for local participants on West Ironbound Island.
At this time last year, as 2014 moved into 2015, the KCC was very pleased to
acquire two pieces of land through donations and purchase:
Through the generosity of Krista MacDonald, Bedford, Nova Scotia, we were
able to acquire a 3.58 acre waterfront lot in an area of the Shoubac that
borders on the mouth of the La Have River. With this acquisition, the KCC
now owns seven pieces of land in the Shoubac and hopes, over time, to see
more of this splendid, pristine area preserved and protected.
Virtually at the same time, through the thoughtfulness of Mary W. Stohn of
Newbury, Massachusetts, almost 12 splendid acres of land, just off Shady
Rest Road on Rose Head and sitting off of Rose Bay have been protected.
Through the kindness and thoughtfulness of individuals such as Ms.
MacDonald and Ms. Stohn, the KCC is able to protect parts of Nova Scotia's
New Board Members
Since our AGM in July, the KCC Board has grown by two new board
members: Noreen Channels of Kingsburg and Connecticut and
Alison Hughes of Upper Kingsburg, both of whom joined the board
Land as Art
This past spring, KCC member Tracy Westell (since August a KCC board
member), applied for a grant from Arts Nova Scotia, that would support
the work of three artists as they explored and celebrated the meeting of
land conservation and artistic creation. On August 1, well-known local
artist Don Pentz built a temporary sculpture on the end of Hirtles Beach
near Gaff Point out of natural materials found in the area. In September,
Andrew Maize, a conceptual artist, used his audience as vehicles to
consider the human impact on natural surroundings.
Local Kingsburg resident and renowned photographer Mariëtte
Roodenburg documented these events. Stunning slideshows of Don's and
Andrew's projects photographed and produced by Mariëtte, are available
on the KCC's
In the spring of each year, The Nature Conservancy of Canada, in partnership with the KCC, organizes
a trail maintenance day to work on the hiking trails of Gaff Point. This year, the volunteer crew of twentyfour
built some new rustic bridges over typically wet areas of the trail, created a safer pathway on Gaff's
eastern shore, and supplemented the stone portion of the trail built a few years ago. Look out for this
spring's announcement seeking volunteers for this workday.
As you probably know, the KCC, as part of our partnership with the Nature Conservancy of Canada
in the protection of Gaff Point, facilitates a corps of faithful volunteers who weekly (monthly
from January - March) walk the trails of Gaff Point and produce written reports to document the
conditions on the peninsula and its trails. The Gaff Point Stewards are key to the protection of this special
natural resource, and the time and dedication the stewards give to this program are much appreciated!
West Ironbound Island
Thanks to the efforts of KCC members Seth Congdon, Jay Muise, and Zak Muise and others, considerable trail work
has been done on the north shore of West Ironbound to make walking on that part
of the island safer. As part of this project, two trips were ade to the island in the late
summer and early fall to assess the condition of the small house there, begin the process
of putting up some signage, and mark and clear a safe trail around the island. They also
helped Jake Wentzell round up the sheep and separate the ram, who was brought home with them by boat for the
In 2016, we hope to facilitate greater public access to the island by organizing spring,
summer, and fall trips in cooperation with Tillicum Adventure Tours.
Your financial support is important to our success! The KCC is a registered nonprofit
group and depends on olunteers for getting work done and on memberships
and donations to support our efforts and land acquisitions. As the year draws to a close,
please consider making a donation to support the KCC.
Memberships make great Christmas gifts
One person $30
Family including 2 adults $45
Pay on line through
or mail your cheque to:
Kingsburg Coastal Conservancy,
Box 1 Site 2A, R.R. #1
Rose Bay, NS, B0J 2XO