Conservationists Aim to Buy Private Islands
July 14, 2015 - Canada
Peter Green isn’t a billionaire or celebrity, but he’s nevertheless set his sights on owning dozens of private islands.
Mr. Green is the conservation manager at the nonprofit Nova Scotia Nature Trust, which wants to protect hundreds of islands off the eastern coast of Canada, spanning about 7,000 square miles.
The Nova Scotia government already owns about 235 islands, and the trust wants to persuade private owners to sell or donate the remaining 45 to it.
Mr. Green said that the trust, which was set up two decades ago to protect woodlands, islands and other pristine properties throughout the province, wants to keep the islands out of the hands of vacation-home and resort developers and preserve the natural habitats.
So far, the trust has purchased three entire islands and received 20 through donations and is in the process of acquiring others.
The islands are one of the last remaining tracks of ecologically rich island groups in North America, according to Mr. Green.
The islands “remain mostly intact, but there is recognition of the threats that face these islands. We recognized an opportunity to protect them.”
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