Preserving Ecological Diversity Across Nova Scotia

The vast beauty of our province is an ecological treasure. Whether it’s the hiking trails of Cape Split, the forested bluffs of Inverness, or eastern white cedars dotting the Digby landscape, Nova Scotia’s biodiversity is plentiful. And that’s why our Liberal government is committed to the goal of protecting 13 per cent of our province’s habitat.

So we’re designating 17 new and expanded protected areas across Nova Scotia, to help preserve ecological diversity, expand our green economy, and strengthen our province’s recreation and tourism sector. Ten more sites will be added in the near future.

Nova Scotia is a national leader in the fight against climate change and protecting our wilderness areas plays a significant role in that effort, by not only producing carbon dioxide and oxygen, but also encouraging ecotourism.

But there’s no better way to see the intricacies of Nova Scotia’s beauty than to see it in person. By expanding our protected lands, we can continue to encourage tourism, outdoor recreation and educational excursions throughout our province. 

At about 14,400 hectares, the designated sites brings us to 12.73 per cent, or 704,000 hectares, of provincial protected areas – that’s 704,000 hectares of rare plants, endangered species, lush forests, important wetlands, vibrant rivers, boundless trails, all to sustain our biodiversity and preserve our province’s iconic features.

The wilderness areas of Cape Mabou, Holden Lake, Middle River, and Tusket River will see over 9,700 acres of land protected under the Parks and Protected Areas Plan.

Cape Split will officially become a provincial park and will join Crystal Crescent Beach and Dollar Lake as three provincial parks to receive expansion and designation of protected lands.

The nature reserves of Ashfield, Crows Neck, Grassy Island, Ragged Harbour, River Inhabitants, Shut-In Island, Catalone Lake, Lake Annis, Hectanooga Cedar Swamp, and River Denys are also included in the initial 17 sites to receive protection status. 

And the following sites will be designated following a consultation process:

— Pleasant River Wilderness Area, Queens and Lunenburg counties

— McGowan Lake Wilderness Area, Queens and Annapolis counties

— Shingle Lake Wilderness Area, Queens and Lunenburg counties

— Ship Harbour Long Lake Wilderness Area (expansion), Halifax Co.

— Silver River Wilderness Area (expansion), Digby Co.

— Terence Bay Wilderness Area (expansion), HRM

— Peppered Moon Nature Reserve, Queens Co.

— St. Margarets Bay Islands Nature Reserve, HRM and Lunenburg Co.

— Barra Forest Provincial Park, Victoria Co.

— St. Mary’s River Provincial Park, Guysborough and Pictou counties

Our government is taking important steps forward in ensuring preservation of Nova Scotia’s important natural spaces.

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