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Masons Island Project: 2007 - 2014  

Announcement - September 13, 2014

MICA is very pleased to announce that the Masons Island property acquisition project in partnership with the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg and the province of Nova Scotia was concluded Saturday, September 13. Congratulations, another significant achievement.

Masons Island
Representing MICA at the announcement are (L to R)
Brom Hart, Georg Ernst, Sherry Swinamer, Bryan Palfreyman,
Ingeborg & Georg Vizkelety (Masons Island property owners) and John Meisner.

Land Exchange a Win for the District of Lunenburg, the Province of Nova Scotia, and
Mahone Islands Conservation Association

The planning and discussions have finally paid off for the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg, the province of Nova Scotia and the Mahone Islands Conservation Association. At a public announcement held on Saturday, September 13th at the former Department of Natural Resources Depot located in Wileville, Lunenburg County, the three partners announced a land exchange that will provide public access to two properties in the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg. These two properties include the former DNR Depot which will provide public access to Wiles Lake and properties on Mason Island, one of the many islands located in Mahone Bay. The District of Lunenburg and the Mahone Islands Conservation Association worked with the Vizkelety family to acquire approximately 20 acres on Mason Island, with the municipality agreeing to be the owners. The province of Nova Scotia, owner of the property located in Wileville, agreed to exchange the land on Wiles Lake for property owned by the municipality on Mason Island.

John Veinot, councillor for the area, stated, "We are delighted to make this announcement today. It is a win win situation for the residents of the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg and for the province of Nova Scotia. When the municipality was developing its Open Space Strategic Plan, we asked residents what places the municipality should ensure the public has access to and the number one priority in that plan is access to Wiles Lake; and the property identified in that plan is the former Department of Natural Resources Depot." Mayor Don Downe commented that the municipality began to enter into discussions with the province of Nova Scotia approximately four years ago. He said, "We are happy to say that with the partnership of the Mahone Islands Conservation Association and the Province of Nova Scotia we are able to stand here today and announce that two traditional community places will be preserved for public use."

The Minister of Natural Resources, Zach Churchill states "We are very pleased to be part of a land exchange that will benefit the District of Lunenburg and the Mahone Islands Conservation Association, and the Province by helping to conserve coastal island land."

MICA is a non-profit association whose mission is "to protect and conserve the natural environment of the islands and shoreline of Mahone Bay, and the traditional, social and recreational opportunities valued by its various communities." John Meisner, chair of the association stated "MICA is very pleased to partner with the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg and the province of Nova Scotia to bring another portion of Masons Island into public ownership. This significant property complements the Northern end of the island which was acquired in partnership with MODL in 2007 and the adjoining property already owned by the municipality. Most of the northern part of the island including all of the large beach will now be conserved and available for public use. MICA thanks the property owners, the Vizkelety family, for working with our association and the municipality to ensure this important property is conserved in perpetuity. We would also like to sincerely thank and recognize the many volunteers, donors and corporate supporters that have allowed MICA to take the initiative on this and other acquisition projects for conservation and for traditional use."

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Masons Island Announcement - Winter 2013 News

The MICA Board of Directors is very pleased to announce that an agreement of purchase and sale has been signed by the Mahone Islands Conservation Association (MICA) and the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg (MODL) for the partnership acquisition of significant property on Masons Island.

This property totaling approximately 19 acres in the middle of the island joins to the existing MODL property in the big cove on the eastern side and with several adjacent lots on the western side of the island.

Masons Island
Masons Island Plot Plan


The property will complement the northern end which was jointly acquired by MICA and MODL in 2008. Upon closing, the entire very popular big cove on Masons will be conserved, protected and available for traditional public use.
Masons Island
Masons Island from the air showing the big cove and the northern end

If you would like to donate toward this exciting acquisition on Masons Island, or renew your membership, you may do so by cheque to MICA, PO Box 427, Mahone Bay, NS B0J 2E0, or online at www.mahoneislands.ns.ca through PayPal or CanadaHelps.org.

This property will then join Andrews, Backman, Covey, the northern end of Masons, Sacrifice and Shag Islands that MICA has jointly acquired in partnership since its beginnings over 10 years ago. This is in addition to the donation of Long, Dry, Centre and Snipe Islands.

MICA extends a sincere and hearty 'thank you' to all our members, our private supporters, our corporate supporters, our partners the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg and the Province of Nova Scotia and our countless volunteers who have enabled the association to be so successful with these acquisitions. Together we are creating a legacy.

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SUCCESSFUL!
Masons Island Project - January 2008


We are very pleased to have recently completed the Masons Island property acquisition project. This builds on our previous purchases of Andrews, Backmans, and Covey Islands. We very much appreciate the continuing support of our members, friends, and the province of Nova Scotia towards these successes.

Masons Island property:

Masons Island
Shoreline on Masons Island, Summer 2006
Photo: Dale Rafuse

MICA and the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg (MODL) have cooperated in the purchase of the northern end of Masons Island. This property, which is in its natural state and a favorite of boaters and picnickers from many parts of the bay, borders on the existing section of the island owned by MODL. It is about 8 acres and is environmentally sensitive.

Ownership will be with MODL and the closing took place in January 2008. The property will be available for public use and will be protected by a Partnership Agreement and Stewardship Agreement between MODL and MICA.

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December 12, 2007

Dear members and friends of MICA,

After five years of operation, we are very pleased to have recently announced two more island acquisition projects. This builds on our recent purchases of Andrews, Backmans, and Covey Islands. We very much appreciate the continuing support of our members, friends, and the province of Nova Scotia towards these successes.

Our two new projects, which we are very excited about, are:

a) Masons Island property:
MICA and the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg (MODL) have cooperated in the purchase of the northern end of Masons Island. This property, which is in its natural state and a favorite of boaters and picnickers from many parts of the bay, borders on the existing section of the island owned by MODL. It is about 8 acres and is environmentally sensitive. Ownership will be with MODL and the closing is scheduled for January 15, 2008. The property will be available for public use and will be protected by a Partnership Agreement and Stewardship Agreement between MODL and MICA. MICA's participation in this purchase will be $106,000 which includes acquisition fees.

b) Long Island Preservation Society:
The owners of Long Island Preservation Society have very generously decided to donate their property to the province of Nova Scotia. Located on the outer edge of Mahone Bay, the property consists of Long Island, Dry Island, Centre Island and Snipe Island. These islands, which are in their natural state, offer a very interesting contrast to the inner Mahone Bay islands. It is the wish of the Society that these islands be preserved and be available for public use. MICA has facilitated this donation to the province and it is the intention that this property be included in the Partnership Agreement between the Province and MICA which will provide protection for the islands in perpetuity. MICA anticipates incurring acquisition costs in the order of $7000 for this project.

Thanks to the tremendous response to our recent fundraising activities, we are very pleased to announce that we have $60,000 in operating funds to allocate towards these acquisitions. We require an additional $53,000 to meet our commitments for these projects.

In summary:


Required for Masons Island Project: $106,000
Required for LIPS project: $ 7,000
Total required: $113,000
MICA funds allocated for acquisition:$ 60,000
Fundraising goal: $ 53,000

We would like to raise these funds by January 11, 2008. Amounts received in excess of $53,000 will be applied to future acquisition projects. Of course, tax receipts will be provided for donations over $10.00 for the calendar year funds are given.

Mahone Bay's islands are a beautiful resource to treasure. They provide a variety of habitats that support many species of plants and animals. Generations have enjoyed the islands. We must continue to act to ensure that our unique island environment is preserved and maintained for future generations.

Sincere thanks to all of you who have previously responded to our financial appeals and have made MICA so successful.

We are currently working on other possible acquisition projects in Mahone Bay. As these projects develop, you will be hearing from us.

Thank you again for your support. Please contact any of the MICA Directors with questions.

Season's Greetings.

Sincerely;
Mahone Islands Conservation Association Directors

PS: If you would like to make a donation as a Christmas/Holiday gift for the appropriate person, please include the name and address of the recipient along with your cheque so we can send a suitable acknowledgment.

Donations can be made by:

  • mailing your cheque to the above address
  • delivering your cheque to any MICA Director
  • VISA directly on this page of our web site
 
 
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