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WIN-SPR 2018

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Page 28 of 83 | 29 Ilia Tolstoy, Oris Russell of Bahamas Dept. of Agriculture, Donald Squires of American Museum, Hon. Herbert McKinney and Robert Allen , VP of research at the National Audubon traveling through a tidal wetland at low tide. Photo courtesy of Bahamas National Trust. T he initiative for setting aside islands in the the Exumas for conservation began with Colonel Ilia Tolstoy, grandson of Leo Tolstoy, who had first visited The Bahamas in 1931. In 1953, he began a discussion of establishing Bahamian-protected areas with Richard Pough of the American Museum of Natural History in New York, and founder of the Nature Conservancy. This began a dialog that crossed the Atlantic to the director of Great Britain's Nature Conservancy, then back to the Right Honorable Earl of Ranfurly, governor of The Bahamas, and the Honorable K.M. Walmsley, colonial secretary. Finally, in Ilia's own words, "It was indeed a memorable day when on February 13, 1956, I received a letter from the governor of The Bahamas confirming that the Crown had set aside approximately 22 miles of the Exuma Cays from Shroud Cay to Little Bell Island…for one year." During that time, an organization would undertake exploring the possibility of a protected area and providing concrete recommendations and justifications to The Bahamian government as to why the area should be permanently protected for conservation. | 29

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