Worthy of Protection

Owls Head Provincial Park Reserve 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 Park for 15 years, and emphasize that it needs our protection.

Owls Head Park 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 coastal landscape on the Atlantic Flyway, Owls Head Park 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 3,500 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.

LTE: Betrayal of Trust by Lindsay Lee

Bill Black’s Jan. 2 column, “Rankin’s policies tack far to the left of McNeil,” includes a brief but untenable statement about Owls Head Provincial Park. “Noting the significant level of local support, he (Iain Rankin) believes that an environmentally sensitive proposal for a golf resort at Owls Head could be approved.” It’s absurd to claim …

After three weeks of camping out, lone protester told to leave Grand Parade

Robert DevetThe Nova Scotia AdvocateJanuary 6, 2021 KJIPUKTUK (Halifax) – Jacob Fillmore, the young man camping out on the Grand Parade across from Halifax city hall in support of the threatened mainland moose in Western Nova Scotia has been told by city staff to leave within a day or so. … Jacob started camping out …

LTE: Alarming Pattern by Edward L. Pencer

I read with interest and, I must admit, alarm your article regarding the Owls Head proposal. Juxtaposing this development with the major concerns around the Town Point Consulting (TPC) project in Antigonish Harbour, it appears clear that a pattern is emerging. In both instances, developers proceeded with projects harmful to the environment, without adequate prior …