Owls Head Provincial Park is a biodiverse property with undisturbed coastal heathlands, salt marshes and bogs, a freshwater lake, estuaries, and over 5 miles of coastline. It is bordered by coastal eelgrass beds and is home to several species of conservation concern.

Globally Rare Ecosystem

Owls Head Provincial Park has a globally rare plant ecosystem!

Biologists who’ve studied the broom crowberry ecosystem caution, “If our province does not make an effort to protect this species, there will be no other opportunity elsewhere to protect it.”

High Biodiversity

Coastal heathlands add diversity to the mostly forested landscape of Nova Scotia and provide habitat for rare species.

Owls Head Provincial Park has biodiverse bogs and salt marshes, with significant species richness and variation. 

Endangered Species

These ecosystems support species at risk, including the endangered barn swallow, Canada warbler, and piping plover.

Recently, CPAWS NS recorded an endangered leatherback turtle near the shore!

Important Carbon Sink

Owls Head Provincial Park features extensive wetlands, which absorb & store carbon. This ecological service is critical in the time of the climate crisis.

The coastal eelgrass meadows can absorb up to 35 times more carbon than trees can!

Eco-Tourism Potential

Owls Head Provincial Park could offer kayaking, hiking, and coastal access while preserving the environment as part of the 100 Wild Islands Tourism Advancement Partnership.

Eelgrass Meadows

Coastal eelgrass meadows provide important habitat for hundreds of marine species, including lobster, crab, and herring. This contributes to biodiversity and helps our fisheries.

The ecosystem services (benefits) it provides have been estimated at $20,000 per hectare, per year!

Recreation and Conservation

A private valuation (assessment) concluded that the “highest and best use” of the property would be for recreation & conservation.

Coastal Access

Only ~5% of Nova Scotia’s coastline is public and protected. Owls Head Provincial Park has over 5 miles of coastline.

Dangerous Precedent

There are over 100 other properties awaiting legal protection – like Owls Head Provincial Park was before it was secretly delisted.

It’s no wonder that Owls Head Provincial Park is identified as a Tier 1 (top priority) conservation property.

“Tier 1 areas are those of highest priority and conservation value […] Most Tier 1 areas are truly irreplaceable, meaning that they represent the last opportunities to fill particularly critical gaps in the protected areas network, or to capture highly significant ecological features.”

Colin Stewart Forestry Forum Final Report

More Information on the park’s ecological values:

A Closer Look at the Marine Ecosystems:

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