October 9, 2020 / For Immediate Release
MUNICIPALITY OF THE DISTRICT OF LUNENBURG, NOVA SCOTIA – The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg, in conjunction with the Mahone Islands Conservation Association (MICA), has obtained two parcels of land intended for public water access and conservation purposes.
The land includes 1.77 acres of oceanfront property with a sandy beach and a second parcel of three acres of marshland. MICA contributed $262,500 towards the purchase of the waterfront property. MICA will also partner with MODL on use and maintenance of the waterfront property.
As part of the agreement, the Eisenhauer family donated three acres of marsh property. Ducks Unlimited has agreed to enter into a stewardship arrangement to ensure the marshland is protected.
“This new acquisition is wonderful news for residents of MODL,” said Mayor Bolivar-Getson. “Before Council acquired this property, there was no public access to the shoreline in the eastern part of MODL, and with the partnership from MICA, Ducks Unlimited, and the Eisenhauers, we are very pleased to be able to increase access to our waterways. The Municipality of Lunenburg wishes to thank Bob and Patricia Eisenhauer for their donation of part of the land in Oakland.”
The acquisition of the marsh acreage will preserve valuable ecosystems and improves resiliency in the face of climate change.
“We are pleased to partner with the Municipality in the acquisition of this prime waterfront property on the waters of Mahone Bay”, said John Meisner, MICA Chair. “The acquisition includes the adjacent inland property known locally as the Sweet Marsh and both properties will be conserved. MICA has been very active for over three years in pursuing this important acquisition, and we are delighted to have finally succeeded. We appreciate and recognize the strong working relationship that we have developed with MODL and the support of Mayor Bolivar-Getson and Council. This is the third property acquisition project in which MICA has partnered with MODL.”
“The Eisenhauer Family appreciates all the hard work done by MODL and MICA, so as to allow future generations to enjoy the beachfront property and the inland pond area." Bob and Pat Eisenhauer.
“We applaud the Municipality for taking the initiative to protect Sweet Marsh for future generations. Wetlands like this one not only provide habitat for ducks and other wildlife; they clean our water, protect us from flooding, store carbon, and are beautiful places to enjoy time in nature. We are excited about this new partnership with the Municipality and look forward to working together to conserve this wetland,” said Emma Bocking, Ducks Unlimited.
In October 2019, the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg declared a climate emergency and made a public commitment to taking action on climate change by joining the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program. PCP is a network of Canadian municipal governments that have committed to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and protecting our climate.