Nova Scotia’s Natural Resources and Renewables minister vows to protect beloved park from development

In November, a beloved piece of coastal parkland in Atlantic Canada was saved from development, but environmentalists cautioned the fight wouldn’t be over until the land was officially protected. Now, they’re one step closer to that goal.

… For Christopher Trider, a member of Save Owls Head Provincial Park and a former provincial park planner, Rushton’s comments are good news.

“You know, there’s still a row to hoe, for sure. But this is really, really a step in the right direction,” he said. For now, Trider and others are waiting to see if Owls Head will become a provincial park or a protected area and how it fits into the province’s goal of conserving at least 20 per cent of the total land and water mass in the province by 2030.

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Crown land at Owls Head finally en route to protected status

“I’ve asked my department to prioritize this piece of land to move it forward,” Tory Rushton, Nova Scotia’s minister of natural resources and renewables, said after a cabinet meeting Thursday. 

“There’s a lot of steps that have to go into it, but rest assured, as we go through those steps, we’re certainly going to be very transparent as to where this land is going to go. It will be protected one way or another.”

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CPAWS-NS: Good News for Owls Head

K’JIPUKTUK/HALIFAX – The campaign to stop the sale of public lands at Owls Head Provincial Park has achieved a huge milestone.

CBC News is reporting that the company behind the proposal has officially withdrawn the letter of offer with the Nova Scotia government to acquire those public lands. See that article here

“This is a major victory for the grassroots campaign to stop this land sale,” says Chris Miller, Executive Director of CPAWS-NS. “Delisting parkland is a red line that cannot be crossed.”

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