A step in the right direction
The Government of Nova Scotia plans to add 23 areas of Crown land to nine wilderness areas, and welcomes your comments before final decisions are made. These wilderness area additions, with a total of 5,000 hectares (12,350 acres), were acquired in the past 4 years from individual landowners, forestry companies, and the Nature Conservancy of Canada.
The additions are located in Halifax, Guysborough, Queens, Shelburne, Yarmouth, Digby and Annapolis counties, Nova Scotia. These 23 additions will help protect wilderness areas and ensure better opportunities for public use and enjoyment. This will protect rare species, mature and old forests, numerous wetlands, 48 km of lake shore, and 14 km of river. Adding these 23 areas of Crown land to the nine wilderness areas also moves Nova Scotia closer to their goal of legally protecting 12% landmass by 2015.
Once designated under the Wilderness Areas Protection Act, these additions will increase the amount of legally protected land in Nova Scotia from 8.6 to 8.7 per cent.