Office of the Premier
7th Floor, One Government Place
1700 Granville Street
Halifax, NS
B3J 1X5

March 10, 2020

Dear Premier Stephen McNeil:

Owls Head is an ecologically significant area along the Eastern Shore that is deserving of legal protection. It contains a number of rare ecosystem types, as well as important habitat for migratory birds and species-at-risk. It is a key headland within the “100 wild islands” ecosystem.

Very little of Nova Scotia’s coastline is publicly-owned and protected. It is important that places like Owls Head remain in public ownership, for the benefit and enjoyment of all Nova Scotians.

We are opposed to the delisting of Owls Head Provincial Park Reserve from the Nova Scotia Parks and Protected Areas Plan and we are concerned about the secretive manner in which this delisting occurred.

We, the undersigned, respectfully call on the Nova Scotia government to:

1) Stop the sale of publicly-owned lands at Owls Head

2) Protect Owls Head as a legally-designated protected area

3) Fully implement the Nova Scotia Parks and Protected Areas Plan


  • Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – Nova Scotia Chapter
  • Eastern Shore Forest Watch Association
  • World Wildlife Fund – Canada
  • Ecology of Plants in Communities Lab, St. Mary’s University
  • Nature Nova Scotia
  • Nova Scotia Bird Society
  • Nova Scotia Wild Flora Society
  • Oceans North
  • Halifax Field Naturalists
  • Extinction Rebellion Nova Scotia
  • Canadian Association of Retired Persons Nova Scotia Chapter
  • Sackville Rivers Association
  • St Margaret’s Bay Stewardship Association
  • Wentworth & Folly Friends
  • Margaree Environmental Association
  • Sustainable Northern Nova Scotia
  • Cumberland Wilderness
  • Hike Nova Scotia
  • Ecology Action Centre Wilderness Team
  • Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers and Hunters
  • Halifax Wildlife Association
  • Friends of Blue Mountain – Birch Cove Lakes Society
  • Canoe Kayak Nova Scotia
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