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Work and play in Chignecto Wilderness

Just back from the CPAWS Board of Trustees meeting at Mount Allison University in Sackville NB.  Lots of good discussion about our progress on conservation, how to promote legacy giving and broaden our base of supporters, and how to strengthen our relationships with aboriginal people, whose support is required to create new protected areas in much of Canada.  The organization is in good health these days.  Some difference of opinions is part of that, but we came to agreement on all of the urgent matters.

Fifteen intense hours of meetings is about the limit of productivity.  However, a university town in the off season can be very, very quiet.  A coffee house gathered some local talent to entertain us one evening, which was very charming.  
The real highlight of the meeting, however, was a field trip to a new protected area.  CPAWS Nova Scotia and the local Cumberland Wilderness group have been campaigning to protect the Chignecto wilderness.  Just a week before we arrived, the provincial government announced plans to protect the interior forests of the new Kelley River Wilderness Area and almost 40 km of rugged Bay of Fundy coastline in the new Raven Head Wilderness Area.  

Our busload of CPAWS trustees and staff from across Canada met up with members of Cumberland Wilderness to explore a little of Raven Head.  Since there are no trails yet, we had to slog through the underbrush and swampy ground to reach the Fundy shore, but then we had a great ramble along the rocky coast.  Fortunately, the locals warned us in time so we got off the rocks before getting a little too “up close and personal” with the huge Fundy tides.  
The attached photo from a local newspaper shows our group just before we made a hasty escape.  That’s your President in the foreground getting ready by tying his shoelace.