Report on the Ecological Importance of Owls Head Crown land: More Findings

Broom Crowberry

Today, we are sharing in-depth excerpts from the Report on the Ecological Importance of Owls Head Crown land. Dr. Jeremy Lundholm, PhD, and Caitlin Porter, MSc, voluntarily provided this information to the court and have subsequently given us permission to share it online. You can find their unabridged report at the bottom of this page. If you’d prefer, you can read the post of their conclusions instead.

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How Do We Put a Value on Owls Head?

Corema - Broom Crowberry

How do we put a value on Owls Head Provincial Park?

There have been few valuations for rare plants, let alone globally rare plant communities. For example, a rare Shenzhen Nongke orchid is valued at $202,000 per plant. We would need to do a series of transects and plots at Owls Head Provincial Park to get an honest number of the rare plants and communities to put into the economic calculus of a ” balanced ” view.

“A mature tree can have an appraised value of between $1,000 and $10,000.” So let’s do a survey of all the ancient coastal white spruce stands at Owls head and put an average value of $2000 on the individual specimens, but let’s be fair and only value the trees that are 75-100+ years old, the ones impossible to replace in a lifetime.

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Wetlands: What Happens When We Lose Them?

West Marsh Clam Bay by Stan Frantz

The following is an excerpt from the Nova Scotia Wetland Conservation Policy. Protect our wetlands, protect Owls Head.

World Wetlands Day

It’s #WorldWetlandsDay! Time to celebrate vital wetland habitats like marshes, swamps, fens and bogs. It's also clear we need to better protect these important #ecosystems – the Global Wetland Outlook estimates that 35% have been lost in the past 45 years.

Posted by WWF-Canada on Saturday, February 1, 2020
Video by World Wildlife Fund Canada
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