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

Black Duck Island from Scanlan Point
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 Hartai
Halifax Today
October 20, 2020

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“In the beginning the 13 per cent was a great goal, but the more I learn and share, the more I realize that’s not where we should stop,” she says. “We definitely need to increase that number to allow for more Indigenous-led conservation but also to create more protected spaces for all of Nova Scotia and the people here.”

Melissa Labrador, Mi’kmaw Activist

Chris Miller [executive director of CPAWS NS] says the province needs to make more space for Indigenous-led conservation in the spirit of reconciliation, but also to sustain the health of the planet for everyone.

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Once a leader in conservation, N.S. now falls behind, report finds

“Owls Head is probably the most egregious example we have seen this year of the Nova Scotia government showing their disregard for the protected areas in this province,” says Caitlin Grady

Katie Hartai
Halifax Today
July 16, 2020

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Nova Scotia was once considered to be a leader in Canada for the creation of new protected areas, but in a new report, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) says that’s no longer the case.

The non-profit, which is dedicated to the protection of public land, oceans and freshwater, released its annual parks report, ‘Healthy Nature Healthy People,’ on Wednesday. The publication reviews the state of Canada’s parks, celebrating significant progress, noting slowdowns, and highlighting threats.

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Federal land at Owls Head park to be protected for conservation

Owls Head Aerial
A parcel of land at Owls Head park reserve has officially been transferred to Environment and Climate Change Canada

Katie Hartai
Halifax Today
June 4, 2020

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A parcel of land at Owls Head park reserve has officially been transferred to Environment and Climate Change Canada, which conservation groups are calling a monumental step in the campaign to protect the property.

Executive director of the Nova Scotia branch of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society Chris Miller, says this redirects the federal land from a path that would have seen it turned into a golf course, to one that will have it protected.

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