Thursday, August 17, 2017
Photo: David Sobey and son Paul Sobey
David and Faye Sobey have donated a 12-hectare property on the St. Mary's River, just north of Sherbrooke, N.S., to the Nova Scotia Nature Trust.
The property's brooks, swamp and island provide critical habitat for a range of wildlife including ducks, forest birds and wood turtles – a species on Canada's endangered species list. The donation also protects some of the last mature floodplain forest in the province, an ecosystem made up of large oaks, maples, and yellow birch.
“In the late 1930s my father began taking my older brother Bill and I and my younger brother Donald, down to the St. Mary’s River,” David Sobey said. “As a youngster, at college, this was a great place for my buddies and me to come. And way back in 1953, Faye and I had our honeymoon here at Mitchells Pool. And we’ve kept coming down here over the years with our family. So, the river has always been a part of my life.”
“It’s not just my time as the caretaker of the land that matters, or my son Paul’s time – it’s in perpetuity. And I feel that the property is in good hands with the Nature Trust," Sobey added.