Worthy of Protection

Owls Head Park is a biologically diverse property with undisturbed coastal heathlands, salt marshes and bogs, a freshwater lake, estuaries, beaches, and a rugged coastline. It is bordered by offshore eelgrass beds and is home to several species of conservation concern, including a “globally rare” Broom Crowberry (Corema conradii) ecosystem. Scientists from Saint Mary’s University have been studying the plant communities of Owls Head for 15 years, and emphasize that it needs our protection.

Owls Head has a “Tier 1” (top priority) conservation rating based on extensive consultations with citizens, environmental organizations, industry representatives, and the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs. Even a private real estate valuation commissioned by the prospective developer declared that the “highest and best use” for the property would be ‘conservation’ or ‘recreation’ (such as hiking and kayaking).

Owls Head Park provides vital ecosystem services, such as carbon sequestration and climate regulation, protecting the coasts from storms, flood protection, water filtration, and habitat provision.

As a 268-hectare, undisturbed coastal landscape on the Atlantic Flyway, Owls Head is an important habitat for native bird species and a refuge for migratory birds. Its shoreline has been identified as habitat for the endangered and beloved piping plover. In Nova Scotia, there are fewer than 40 breeding pairs of piping plovers, so we must make every effort to protect them.

Recommended Reading:
We Must Protect Owls Head Park to Safeguard Biodiversity
Timeline of Promised Protections
How You Can Help

Piping Plover photo courtesy of Jason Dain

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About Our Movement

Background of our group

The Save Little Harbour/Owls Head Nova Scotia from Becoming Golf Courses Facebook group is a grassroots movement of over 3000 concerned citizens and scientists, passionate about saving the ecologically significant property known as Owls Head Provincial Park.

In March of 2019, the Nova Scotia government secretly removed Owls Head Park Reserve from the pending protection list (the 2013 Our Parks and Protected Areas Plan), in order to sell it to an American developer. Despite the property’s 45-year history of protection, the provincial government delisted Owls Head Park Reserve without consulting with – or notifying – the public.

In December of 2019, investigative journalist Michael Gorman of the CBC uncovered the province’s plan through a Freedom of Information request. Intense opposition was swift. Less than 24 hours after Gorman’s article was published, concerned citizen Sydnee Lynn founded the Facebook group Save Little Harbour/Owls Head Nova Scotia From Becoming Golf Courses.

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The Latest Word

This is our blog, where you can read letters from scientists and citizens alike. The topics cover everything from governmental ethics to wetlands and marine ecosystems.

Calls for land protection continue, as Nova Scotia nearly reaches 13% target

Indigenous activists and conservation groups say Nova Scotia needs to set a higher target for land protection as it comes close to reaching its 13 per cent goal Katie HartaiHalifax TodayOctober 20, 2020 Full article here> “In the beginning the 13 per cent was a great goal, but the more I learn and share, the …

Most HRM Council Candidates Want to Save Owls Head Provincial Park

Richard BellThe Eastern Shore CooperatorOctober 15, 2020 Read the full article here> Opponents of the secret sale last year of Owls Head Provincial Park by the Department of Lands and Forestry took advantage of the upcoming election to ask every candidate for HRM Council, “If the matter is before Council, would you support upholding the Regional …

7 Years

It was reported this week that “Prince George, 7, Was Devastated Learning About the State of our Planet.” A little perspective for Nova Scotians: Prince George was born the same year that our provincial government committed to 13% land conservation.

HRM Candidates on Owls Head Provincial Park

A Growing record of responses from district candidates in the Halifax Regional Municipality election. What did your candidates have to say? Owls Head Provincial Park Reserve is part of Halifax’s Green Network Plan and has Regional Park (RPK) designation from Regional Council. These lands were first designated and zoned for protection/future park purposes by Halifax …