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To conserve and protect shoreline in Kingsburg, Nova Scotia

Take it Outside Girls Program, the Sea School's first all-girls expedition for local participants on West Ironbound Island.

  • Land Acquisitions
    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 coastal heritage.

  • 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 in October.

  • 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 Facebook page

Ongoing Partnerships
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!

Happy Holidays!

KCC - 20 years old
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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 winter.

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.

Support KCC
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 Canada Helps
  • or mail your cheque to:
    Kingsburg Coastal Conservancy,
    Box 1 Site 2A, R.R. #1
    Rose Bay, NS, B0J 2XO
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