A preservation fund for Annapolis Valley’s Ecological Gem

Established: 2010

Photo by Len Wagg
Photo by Len Wagg

Purpose:

Preserve 605 acres of old-growth forests, undisturbed wetlands and unique flora and fauna in the Annapolis Valley.

About our Fund…

The Wolfville Watershed Nature Preserve is protected land located within the Gaspereau River Watershed. It has spectacular views of the Gaspereau Valley, the Minas Basin and Cape Blomidon. Old-growth forests like those found in the Preserve are now exceptionally rare in Nova Scotia because many have been logged or converted for agricultural use. Less than 0.01% of Nova Scotia’s current forests are considered old-growth.

The Preserve is the result of a unique partnership between the Nova Scotia Nature Trust and the Town of Wolfville. The property is under a “conservation easement”, which restricts subdivision or development on the site. The Nature Trust has the rights to enforce the conservation restrictions and ensure its permanent protection.

The partnership between the Town of Wolfville and the Nature Trust sets an exciting precedent for government and community partnerships in land conservation, as it is the first partnership of its kind between a community land trust and a municipality in Canada. Preserving this portion of land opens opportunities for educational and ecological research of the natural area.

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