SRA presented a certificate of appreciation to Townsend Lynch for the donation of 250 acres to the Municipality of East Hants in the headwaters of the Sackville River Watershed.

Townsend MEH Award

Walter Regan presenting the certificate to Cyril McDonald, MEH District 13 Councillor of Mount Uniacke/ Lake Lands who is receiving it on behalf of Townsend Lynch Country Estates Limited.

The Municipality also presented Townsend Lynch with a MEH Award related to this donation to the Municipality.

Townsend PresentationThe Municipality of East Hants presents Townsend Lynch Country Estates Limited Developments an award for a subdivision design that included placing 249 acres of important wetland habitat in public ownership.

The MEH Award

Townsend Lynch copy

See the Walter’s speech below as well as the Halifax Regional Trails Association’s website for more details.

Good Evening

My name is Walter N. Regan, President of the Sackville Rivers Association. The Sackville Rivers Association is a not for profit volunteer based community group concerned with the health of the Sackville River Watershed. The Sackville River is an important canoeing, fishing and tourism river with over 13 species of fish including wild Atlantic Salmon and Speckled Brook Trout.

Unfortunately, there has been too much development close to its banks, especially downstream in the communities of Sackville and Bedford.

Presentation poster We are here tonight to present a Certificate of Appreciation to Townsend Lynch Country Estates Limited for donating, to the Municipality of East Hants, an important wetland of over 100 hectares (249 acres).

This wetland protects the Watershed of the Sackville River by providing increased water storage in times of flooding, maintaining groundwater recharge, filtering and providing clean water to the river, conserving important wetland flora and fauna. It will serve as an important natural buffer to the river, and being especially significant due to its location at the headwaters of the Sackville River.

The donation also includes land that is suitable for public recreational use as a passive park, with walking trails and interpretive panels to enable visitors to enjoy and experience our Natural Heritage. Most importantly to the Sackville Rivers Association, this donation is invaluable as an opportunity to increase public understanding and appreciation of the importance of conservation measures aimed at maintaining the environmental quality of the Sackville River.

With wetland loss occurring more and more, it is especially important to protect and save all wetlands. With this huge wetland in public ownership it will be protected in perpetuity.
This donation is an excellent case in point of leadership by example, which we hope will encourage support on the parts of other land owners, developers, the Municipality and to the Public generally for the protection of Environmentally Sensitive Lands and waters.

I note the Townsend Lynch donation is the second instance in which the Municipality of East Hants has accepted conservation lands adjacent to the Sackville River as part of the Open Space contribution required by its subdivision by-law.

I therefore wish to thank the Warden, Councillors and Staff of the Municipality of East Hants for accepting these lands for public open space use by the residents. The Sackville Rivers Association will be very pleased to partner with the Municipality in their protection and management.

Again I wish to thank Townsend Lynch Country Estates Limited for this important and significant donation.

The Municipality of East Hants presents Townsend Lynch Country Estates Limited Developments an award for a subdivision design that included placing 249 acres of important wetland habitat in public ownership.

Walter N. Regan
President
Sackville Rivers Association
12 Feb. 2013

Clean Nova Scotia is looking for new sites to plant trees as part of their ‘Discover Your Watershed’ program – see message below from Valerie Francella at Clean Nova Scotia:

It’s almost spring again (days are getting longer!!) and the discover your watershed program is looking for sites across the province that could use some trees. We would like to diversify this year and get more trees planted in new watersheds. It would be great if we could get new students, groups and communities involved in watershed stewardship and tackle some sites that could really use some restoration.

Thank you!

Valerie Francella
Water Program Coordinator
Clean Nova Scotia
902-420-3473

Thank you to Caudle Park Elementary for presenting an award and $250 cheque to our Educational Coordinator Walter Scott for his work in the Fish Friends and River Rangers programs. Keep up the good work Walter!IMG_3639