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Untouched island home to rare plants, species to be preserved off Nova Scotia

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SHIP HARBOUR, N.S. - The Nova Scotia Nature Trust says it has acquired one of the province's largest and most ecologically important coastal islands.

The trust says Borgles Island near Ship Harbour on the province's eastern shore was once slated for development, but has now been added to its network of protected areas.

The organization says the 214-hectare island is home to ancient forests, rare plants, white-sand beaches and a rugged shoreline that was virtually unexplored until the Nature Trust visited the site two years ago.

Borgles Island has a diverse ecosystem that includes a lake, which the trust says is rare on islands.

Bonnie Sutherland, the trust's executive director, says the acquisition will provide researchers with the opportunity to discover unusual species in a natural, untouched ecosystem.

The trust says Borgles Island represents its 60th conservation site.

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