What Sparked This Movement
- The removal of Owls Head Provincial Park from a list of properties slated for permanent protection.
- The secretive nature in which the government delisted Owls Head, entered into a Letter of Offer with a developer, and scrubbed the government’s websites.
- The proposed sale of a Provincial Park Reserve without public notice, consultation, or consent.
- Jeopardizing what scientists have determined is a globally rare ecosystem.
Who We Are:
The Facebook group Save Little Harbour/Owls Head Nova Scotia from becoming golf courses has rapidly grown to more than 3000 members. This is a grassroots movement of concerned citizens who strongly believe that Owls Head Provincial Park belongs to, and should remain the property of, the people of Nova Scotia.
Our Short-Term Goals:
- Convince the government to withdraw from the Letter of Offer and restore Owls Head to the Parks and Protected Areas Plan.
- Seek formal and lasting protection for Owls Head Provincial Park.
Our Long-Term Goals:
- Seek formal protection for all properties on the Parks and Protected Areas Plan, in order to preserve them in perpetuity as public parks and reserves.
- Protect public land for future generations through conservation science, meaningful public consultation, and transparent governance.
Why We Support Saving Owls Head:
- Owls Head and other properties of high conservation value were slated for protection through the 2013 Parks and Protected Areas Plan. The plan was based on conservation science as well as extensive consultation with citizens, industry, and the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs.
- On March 13, 2019, Owls Head was removed from the Parks and Protected Areas Plan through a confidential minute letter, without any scientific basis, public consultation, or notice.
- Owls Head has significant biodiversity and ecological value, including rare and endangered species of both plants and animals. Jeopardizing the significant wetlands, coastal barrens, and eelgrass beds is an unfathomable decision in our current climate crisis.
- Lighthouse Links Development Co. has stated its intention to build as many as three golf courses on Owls Head, which would destroy the site’s globally rare ecosystem.
- Nova Scotia’s natural beauty is the province’s greatest asset. The coastline draws visitors from all over the world. Irreparably harming the environment of Owls Head will also destroy opportunities for eco-tourism, which could offer great economic potential without harming the environment.
- Private development on this property would prioritize the interests of a for-profit company over the long-term interests of Nova Scotians.
- Not only is Owls Head part of The Eastern Shore Seaside Park System, but it also contributes to the 5% of Nova Scotia’s coastline that is public. Preserving public access to our coasts is imperative to the Nova Scotian way of life.
- A golf course development at this particular site would conflict with environmental standards. It would be harmful to the area’s ecosystems, including wetlands, water recharge systems, and eelgrass beds. Chemical runoff is known to cause algae to bloom and subsequently cause eelgrass to die, which negatively affects local fisheries.