FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lindsay Lee
April 19, 2021 Administrator of saveowlshead.org
Grassroots Group Achieves 5,000-Member Milestone
Concern for Owls Head Provincial Park Growing Rapidly
Support for saving Owls Head Provincial Park is increasing across the province, as demonstrated by the continued growth of the grassroots Facebook group, “Save Little Harbour/Owls Head from Becoming a Golf Courses.”
“On April 18, we passed the 5,000 member-mark,” said Sydnee McKay, founder of the Facebook group. “People all over the province are learning from Owls Head Provincial Park that the provincial government is a threat to our network of parks and protected areas. There are nearly 200other provincial parks, nature reserves, and wilderness areas that our government could secretly delist and offer to sell – just like it did with Owls Head Provincial Park.”
On Thursday, April 15, the radio program Maritime Noon had special guests to talk about the balance (or lack thereof) between development and conservation in the Maritime Provinces.Continue reading “Maritime Noon: Listeners Call in about Owls Head Provincial Park”
The Eastern Shore Islands is a unique archipelago, east of Halifax. These islands create a real diversity of habitats, and associated with this variety of habitats is a diversity of organisms.Continue reading “Eastern Shore Islands: A Coastal Gem”
Kristina Boerder says development would likely cause negative consequences on surrounding aquatic vegetation and marine life
Kristina Boerder completed work in the area last summer and says the rare eel grass beds at Owls Head are more effective at trapping carbon than forests on land. She says about one acre of eel grass can store about 330 kilograms of carbon per year.
“This is about as much as a car travelling from Halifax to Vancouver would emit in carbon,” she says. “The function of eel grass beds trapping carbon is incredibly important if we talk about climate change and a warming planet.”
She says it also benefits humans and the environment by protecting the coast from erosion and improving water quality.
“It’s one of the most productive ecosystems in the world,” she says. “A square metre produces about 10 litres of oxygen per day, and really benefits everybody.”Continue reading “Dalhousie marine biologist calls sensitive eel grass at Owls Head ‘treasure’”
Marine biologist Dr. Kristina Boerder of Dalhousie University speaks with host Todd Veinotte about the incredible ecosystem services that eelgrass meadows provide.
How might this important ecosystem be adversely affected by golf course & residential developments? Listen to the interview to find out.Continue reading “Dr. Kristina Boerder on News 95.7”
“It’s just full-speed ahead with no consideration for saving natural environments for our grandchildren. I have grandchildren. And I want them to be able to experience a natural wilderness.“Continue reading “Listeners’ Calls on News 95.7 (April 13, 2021)”
“This is just more evidence that leaving protected areas to provide these ecosystems services is important for our province,” Kendall said.Continue reading “Wetlands, eel grass and golf courses don’t mix, scientists say in Owls Head debate”