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Town Island to be acquired by the Nature Conservancy of Canada and protected as conservation land

KENORA, October 21, 2020 – The publicly-owned portion of Town Island on Ontario’s Lake of the Woods may be saved from development following an agreement in principle that will see the Nature Conservancy of Canada acquire the property from the City of Kenora and protect it as conservation land in perpetuity. The purchase is expected to happen no later than summer 2022, pending the conclusion of a successful fundraising campaign for the project.

The Conservancy’s decision to acquire the land will enable wilderness youth camps in the area to operate, giving more kids the opportunity to experience nature hands-on. The agreement follows a public awareness campaign led by the Friends of Town Island group which generated support from tens of thousands of concerned stakeholders from around the world.

“We’re absolutely delighted by this decision and want to thank the Nature Conservancy of Canada and the City of Kenora for coming together on this very important issue,” said Aaron London, Chair of the Friends of Town Island group.

About Friends of Town Island

The Friends of Town Island is a grassroots group of Kenora residents, cottagers, youth camps

and concerned stakeholders working together to conserve Town Island on Ontario’s Lake of the

Woods.

Media Contact:

friendsoftownisland@gmail.com

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