The Thunder Bay Field Naturalists organization, is purchasing six remote Canadian Lake Superior island locations as part of their “Superior Islands Nature Reserve.” Field Naturalists information about the purchase states that six remote island locations in the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area will be protected.
The reserve consists of three adjacent parcels on the east shore of Vert Island in Nipigon Bay, two separate parcels on Spar Island, one at Fraser Point on Saint Ignace Island, a parcel at Agate Cove, and one on the northern end of Swede Island. The purchase is additional to previous purchases by the Field Naturalists such as Hare Island off Thunder Cape, Granite Point in Black Bay and Bowman and Paradise Islands off the south shore of St. Ignace Island. The purchase will protect over 4 kilometres of shoreline and 145 acres of land, plus some adjacent water lots.
The islands are all within the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area, and the small privately-owned parcels being bought are surrounded by crown land. By purchasing them the organization hopes to avoid the development of new camps which would significantly impact the wilderness quality of the area. Several of the properties are near existing Field Naturalist reserves at Bowman and Paradise Islands. The entire area is a popular destination for sailors, power boaters and kayakers and is on the Lake Superior Water Trail, a concept currently being developed as part of the Trans Canada Trail.
On a more detailed level, TBFN has an accepted offer to purchase the lots, with a closing date of July 12, 2017. The Field Naturalists will pay $336,000 in cash, with the vendors donating the balance of appraised value in return for a charitable receipt. Additional expenses include the appraisal, legal fees, land transfer tax, as well as a contribution to the Field Naturalists endowment fund to make sure the properties are protected into the future.
The sale is conditional on the Field Naturalists raising sufficient funds and the organization is actively seeking funding
from federal sources and various foundations, noting that these funders require matching dollars
through private donations. The Field Naturalist say they are confident sufficient funds can be raised and given their very solid record of completing such purchases in the past, this most recent puchase will proceed. Anyone interested in contributing to this project can mail donations to the Thunder Bay Field Naturalists mailbox:
Thunder Bay Field Naturalists
PO Box 1037
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Make cheques payable to “Thunder Bay Field Naturalists” and note on the cheque that it is for the “Superior Islands Nature Reserve.” Donations can also be made using PayPal or credit card at the Field Naturalists website www.tbfn.net – indicate that your donation is for “Superior Islands Nature Reserve”.
Thunder Bay Field Naturalists accepts donations of stocks or securities, an increasingly popular approach which may offer significant tax advantages. Contact the Nature Reserves Chair, Dr. Sue Bryan, for more information on this option. A charitable receipt valid for tax purposes will be provided for all donations.
A Field Naturalists trip to the new reserve will be offered during the summer of 2018 and Infosuperior hopes to carry information about this Lake Superior excursion. The Field Naturalists organization is seeking participants.