Save Owls Head Provincial Park

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We are calling on the government of Nova Scotia to save Owls Head Provincial Park by stopping the sale and formally designating Owls Head Provincial Park.

Owls Head Provincial Park is a Tier 1 (top-priority) conservation property with 45 years of promised protections.

But in March 2019, the Nova Scotia government secretly removed Owls Head Provincial Park from Our Parks and Protected Areas Plan. Even though that plan was a result of years of public consultations and scientific study, the delisting took place behind closed doors with ZERO public notice, public consultation, or scientific review.

The government secretly entered into a Letter of Offer to sell Owls Head Provincial Park in December 2019. The public only became aware of the secret delisting and offer to sell Owls Head Provincial Park as a result of a whistleblower, freedom of information requests, and investigative journalist Michael Gorman. Nova Scotians are rightfully concerned about the park, the process, and the precedent.

Approximately half of what Nova Scotians consider provincial parks are not formally protected. Of our 206 provincial parks, approximately 100 are still awaiting designation. Between undesignated provincial parks, nature reserves, and wilderness areas, there are nearly 200 properties in need of formal protection. In light of the twin crises of biodiversity loss and climate change, we must formally protect these important ecosystems without delay.

Since the large majority of Nova Scotia’s coastline is privately owned, citizens understand that it’s important to preserve both coastal access and coastal ecosystems. Owls Head Provincial Park is a biodiverse coastal headland on the Eastern Shore and an integral component of our protected areas network. It features biodiverse wetlands, a wildlife corridor, and habitat for over 85 species of birds, including endangered barn swallows and piping plovers.

We, the undersigned, call on the government of Nova Scotia to formally protect Owls Head Provincial Park and all of the remaining properties awaiting designation, without delay.


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