Both Nova Scotia parks have been awaiting official designation for decades Victoria WellandThe SignalDecember 2, 2021 Read here For over 40 years, the forest south of Paces Lake has been awaiting designation as a provincial park. The nearly 400 hectares of wetland and forest near Musquodoboit Harbour was expropriated by Read more…
Nova Scotia’s parks and protected areas are important. These are places where we go to be outdoors with friends and family. They help clean the air and water. They contain important ecosystems and provide crucial habitat for lots of different species. We need these places for our health and well-being.
That’s why the sale of public lands at Owls Head Provincial Park was doomed from the beginning. It matters too much to too many people. Our parks are not a commodity to be traded or sold. On the contrary, these are places that are to be treasured and must be carefully looked after for future generations.
With the withdrawal of the “letter of offer” for Owls Head, the Nova Scotia government must now ensure that these public lands receive the legal protection that was promised a long time ago. Owls Head needs protection under the law so that future governments will not be tempted to sell off this ecological jewel for any reason.(more…)
The Cooperator has learned that Lighthouse Links withdrew from the letter of Offer to purchase Owls Head Provincial Park and convert it into a luxury housing development with a few golf courses after learning that the province had determined that the company’s plans for public consultation were inadequate, and that the province would require a more thoroughgoing public consultation process.(more…)
“We understand the importance of Owls Head, we understand the importance of listening to Nova Scotians on what they want to happen in their province.”(more…)
A coalition of activists, scientists and land defenders are celebrating in Nova Scotia this week, following the cancellation of a proposal that could have seen a piece of biodiverse coastal parkland ground to sand.(more…)
Three months after that court dismissal and the ensuing rally, and nearly two years after the park was delisted, the sale appears to be dead in the water.
The province could still conceivably find a new buyer for the park land. But for now, Owls Head Provincial Park, and its supporters, can rest easy.(more…)
Environmental advocates are calling Lighthouse Links’ decision to back away from its plans a victory.
“This is a landmark victory for the people of Nova Scotia,” said Lindsay Lee, of the Save Owls Head Provincial Park lobby group. “When people recognize that something is deeply wrong, and work together with purpose and vision, they can accomplish amazing things.”(more…)
The Facebook group Save Owls Head Provincial Park and others are heralding a private company’s withdrawal from a letter of offer to buy and develop Crown land at Owls Head on the Eastern Shore as a landmark citizen-led victory.
But questions remain about what will become of the 285 hectares of Crown land, divided into four parcels, that has been at the centre of controversy ever since it was removed from the province’s parks and protected plan in 2019 by the Liberal government for the purpose of reaching a conditional agreement to sell it to developer Beckwith Gilbert.(more…)