Gull nest and eggs | West Ironbound Island 

Shoreline of West ironbound | Photo by Chris Miller

The Legacy of the KCC

 

The Kingsburg Coastal Conservancy, in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia, is committed to preserving headlands, beaches, and wetlands of the Kingsburg Peninsula and neighbouring areas, and to safeguarding traditional access to our shorelines. 

Founded in 1995 as a charitable, non-governmental, community land trust, the KCC depends on private donations and solely on volunteer efforts. Over the years we have established a solid record for bringing land under our stewardship and protection, and for providing trails and other coastal access. We are one of the few organizations in Nova Scotia eligible to accept ecological gifts and issue receipts for tax benefits to those who either donate land or agree to place conservation easements on land meeting federal criteria.

 

Our Mission

 

The KCC currently owns and/or stewards wetlands on Kingsburg and Lily Ponds, coastal properties on Kingsburg Beach and Sand Dollar Beach and a wooded lot on Rose Head. We hold a conservation easement in the Village of Kingsburg and own an ocean-front meadow now called Beach Hill Commons. We share ownership of the 124 acre Gaff Point with the Nature Conservancy of Canada and the Nova Scotia Nature Trust.  And in 2013 we took on the responsibility of owning and stewarding West Ironbound Island.  

 

Goals of the KCC

 

  • Stewarding lands in the Greater Kingsburg Peninsula and neighbouring areas.

  • Securing strategic properties for conservation and public access, through donations, purchases, and conservation easements.

  • Achieving our mission through communication, education and negotiation, working with other community organizations, land trust organizations and individuals and encouraging sound land use and coastal zone management

  • Encouraging and supporting responsible conservation practices at both the Municipal and Provincial levels.

 

History of the KCC

 

The story of Kingsburg Coastal Conservancy is one of dedication, optimism and luck, of valued partnerships and generous donors, and of an enduring appreciation for the natural beauty and worth of our land.

As is the case with many conservation organizations, the roots of the KCC lie in a loosely organized response to concerns about development in our area and the potential loss of community access to the beaches and headlands. We hoped that, by banding together and forming an action group, we could have a hand in shaping the future of our own community.

In 1995, we were officially recognized by the Province as a charitable community land trust, and therefore are able to issue receipts for all donations. The Federal Government has designated the KCC as one of the few organizations in Nova Scotia eligible to accept gifts of ecologically sensitive land and to issue the receipts that bring tax benefits to donors.

In our early years, the KCC, in partnership with the Nature Conservancy of Canada and the Nova Scotia Nature Trust preserved, and now stewards, Gaff Point. We received another early boost when we were given several significant wetland properties. We have continued to expand our impact on the area through land acquisition, stewardship of land, and cooperation with other organizations and governmental bodies. Click our work for more details.

Hirtles Beach | Photo by Bob Buckley