Nova Scotia reaches goal of protecting 12 per cent of province's land

HALIFAX -- The recent designation of more than 100 areas as wilderness preserves and parks has pushed the Nova Scotia government over its goal of protecting 12 per cent of land in the province by 2015.

See Full Article

The announcement made by the Environment Department Tuesday means the government just managed to meet the legislated target on time.

The 2015 goal of 12 per cent was set out in the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act, passed in 2007 by the Progressive Conservative government of former premier Rodney MacDonald.

The newly designated sites were identified after consultations with municipalities, the Mi'kmaq, community groups, industry and hundreds of individuals.

Environment Minister Randy Delorey said reaching the protected land goal was a "significant achievement."

"It is important that this land be kept natural to protect biodiversity and provide places for all of us to enjoy now and into the future," said Delorey. "That is why we will continue to look at other areas for protection and work with partners to help manage and realize the benefits of these protected areas."

Recent areas designated as protected include the Rogues Roost, Medway Lakes and Kluscap wilderness areas as well as the Harrison Woods and Dunraven Bog nature reserves.

The province has also created three new parks and added land to existing provincial parks at Cape Smokey, Five Islands and Taylor Head.

Ray Plourde of the Halifax-based Ecology Action Centre welcomed the government's announcement, calling it a major milestone for wilderness conservation in the province.

"With this announcement some of the most beautiful and ecologically important natural areas remaining in Nova Scotia will be legally protected from development and left forever wild," said Plourde.

He said his group would continue to work with the government to reach its goal of protecting nearly 14 per cent of land by 2020 under its parks and protected areas plan.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Alberta legislature session to begin under new Premier Jason Kenney

    Canada News CTV News
    EDMONTON -- The Alberta legislature is to start a new session today with a lot of new faces and a new government in charge. Premier Jason Kenney and the 63 members of his United Conservative caucus are to be sworn in as legislature members and a Speaker is to be chosen. Source
  • Thousands of Saudi students remain in Canada, despite Riyadh's pledge to axe scholarships

    Canada News CBC News
    Thousands of university students from Saudi Arabia remain in Canada despite being ordered out of the country by their government last August, but planning is underway to mitigate the impact on Canadian universities when those students graduate and are not replaced. Source
  • 'Like Christmas every day': A billionaire's pledge to erase this class's college debts could echo for decades

    World News CBC News
    Morehouse College, the private, all-male, historically black college in Atlanta that counts Martin Luther King among its alumni, expects its attendees to aspire to greatness. Soon, many in the graduating class of 2019 can start doing so, no matter the cost. Source
  • Mississippi 6-week abortion ban heads to federal court

    World News CTV News
    JACKSON, Miss. -- A federal judge who struck down Mississippi's 15-week abortion ban last year is hearing arguments about a new law that puts the ban even earlier. The law would prohibit most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, at about six weeks, when many women may not know they're pregnant. Source
  • Accused New Zealand mosque shooter charged with terrorism

    World News CTV News
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- New Zealand police on Tuesday filed a terrorism charge against the man accused of killing 51 people at two Christchurch mosques. Australian Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 28, was already facing murder and attempted murder charges from the March 15 shootings. Source
  • New Zealand police file terrorism charge against man accused of massacre in mosques

    World News CBC News
    New Zealand police have charged the man accused of murder in shootings at two Christchurch mosques in March with engaging in a terrorist act, they said on Tuesday. In an attack broadcast live on Facebook, a lone gunman armed with semi-automatic weapons targeted Muslims attending Friday prayers, killing 51 worshippers and wounding dozens of people. Source
  • Yemen rebels say drone hits arms depot at Saudi airport

    World News CTV News
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Yemen's Houthi rebels said Tuesday they launched a bomb-laden drone targeting an airport in Saudi Arabia that also has a military base inside of it, an attack acknowledged by the kingdom as Mideast tensions remain high between Iran and the U.S. Source
  • Yemen rebels say their drone hit arms depot at Saudi airport

    World News CTV News
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Yemen's Houthi rebels said Tuesday they launched a bomb-laden drone into Saudi Arabia, targeting an airport with a military base -- an attack acknowledged by the kingdom as Mideast tensions remain high between Iran and the United States. Source
  • Ex-White House lawyer to skip hearing as Democrats debate next steps

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON -- House Democrats are facing yet another brazen attempt by President Donald Trump to stonewall their investigations, this time with former White House counsel Donald McGahn defying a subpoena for his testimony on orders from the White House. Source
  • New Zealand crews reenter coal mine 8 years after 29 killed

    World News CTV News
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- Crews in New Zealand on Tuesday reentered an underground coal mine where a methane explosion killed 29 workers more than eight years ago, raising hopes among family members that they might find bodies and new evidence that leads to criminal charges. Source