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Ottawa announces partnership agreement with Sable Island Institute

Horses on Sable Island, N.S., are shown in this undated handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Parks Canada

The federal government and a Halifax-based organization have struck a new agreement to help protect Sable Island – the windswept sandbar off Nova Scotia famous for its wild horses.

Parks Canada says the new partnership agreement formalizes its ongoing relationship with the Sable Island Institute, a not-for-profit organization that carries out environmental monitoring, biodiversity surveys and public outreach.

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The department says it will work with the institute to reinstate a beach monitoring program for the 42-kilometre-long island.

The agreement also provides a framework for the Sable Island Institute to develop educational and outreach programs, including a series of science and art workshops.

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Ottawa recently announced $3.4 million to remove surplus buildings and other debris from Sable Island National Park Reserve, and to design energy measures to reduce fossil fuel consumption.

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Dubbed the Graveyard of the Atlantic, some 350 vessels have been wrecked on the island’s shores and hidden reefs since the mid-1700s.

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