Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute (MTRI) : Institut de recherche du Mersey Tobeatic


MTRI is a non-profit co-operative with a mandate to promote sustainable use of natural resources and biodiversity conservation in the Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve and beyond through research, education, and the operation of a field station.

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Cofan Cabin Rehabilitation Project

In 1927, the Tobeatic Game Sanctuary was established containing approximately 200 square miles.  The boundaries took in parts of four counties: Queens, Shelburne, Yarmouth and Digby.  Cofan and seven other cabins were built around these boundaries to accommodate the Sanctuary Wardens.  In 1968, the Tobeatic Game Sanctuary became the Tobeatic Wilderness Management Area and the need for patrol cabins no longer existed.  Today, Cofan is one of a few remaining functional warden cabins still standing in the Tobeatic.  It sits on an ancient transit route of the Mi’ kmaq on the Shelburne Heritage River System and has been a popular stopping place for hundreds of wilderness adventurers since the early seventies.  In 2010, a small group of paddlers expressed their concern about the deteriorating condition of the cabin.  Cofan received a minimal amount of maintenance during the 1980’s, but the structure was slowly sinking into the ground.  Several of the bottom logs had rotted and the woodstove was becoming a safety hazard.  With the help of private donations, MTRI and Nova Scotia Environment (NSE) have partnered to rehabilitate Cofan.  The project is using both volunteers and professional log builders and is expected to take two years to complete.



             Photo Credit:  Colin Gray


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2014 Results  


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Years of Data