Save Owls Head Provincial Park

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Save Owls Head Provincial Park

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Lindsay Lee started this petition to Premier Tim Houston (Premier of Nova Scotia) and

We are calling on the government of Nova Scotia to legally protect Owls Head Provincial Park.

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

But in March 2019, the provincial 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 without any public notice, public consultation, or scientific review.

The Liberal 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.

After nearly two years of unwavering public resistance, the prospective developer has withdrawn. Now that the province of Nova Scotia is free from the Letter of Offer, it has a clear opportunity to legally protect Owls Head Provincial Park. 

Nova Scotians remain rightfully concerned about the park, the process, and the precedent. Many of Nova Scotia's provincial parks, nature reserves, and wilderness areas are still awaiting designation. 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 90 species of birds, including endangered barn swallows and piping plovers.

We are calling 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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