Groups Unite to Oppose Owls Head Park Sale

Eastern Shore Cooperator
Posted on March 12, 2020
By Richard Bell

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In a show of province-wide opposition to the government’s controversial decision to sell Owls Head Provincial Park, 23 groups submitted a joint letter to Premier McNeil on Tuesday, March 10 calling on the government to do three things:

  1. “Stop the sale of publicly-owned lands at Owls Head
  2. Protect Owls Head as a legally-designated protected area
  3. Fully implement the Nova Scotia Parks and Protected Areas Plan”

Opposition to the sale has been mounting since Michael Gorman’s CBC story on December 18th revealed the government had secretly agreed to sell Owls Head Provincial Park to a wealthy American who planned to build 3 golf courses on the site.

The group’s letter brings together many of the most significant province-wide environmental groups, including the Nova Scotia Association of Anglers and Hunters, the Nova Scotia chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Association (CPAWS-NS), and the World Wildlife Fund, along with a slew of local and regional groups like the Eastern Shore Forest Watch Association, Sackville Rivers Association, and St Margaret’s Bay Stewardship Association.

“People are very upset,” said Caitlin Grady, Conservation Campaigner for CPAWS-NS. “It’s unacceptable for the Nova Scotia government to go behind closed doors and delist ecologically-significant lands promised for protection. This letter sends a strong message that Nova Scotians won’t stand by and allow their public parks to be put up for sale.”

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To read the press release and the list of all 23 signing organizations, click here.

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