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  Natural Resources Minister Don Downe said today that the
  provincial government is ready to develop a protected areas
  strategy that will be "the cornerstone of our efforts to
  maintain biodiversity and achieve sustainable resource
  Mr. Downe made the comments in Halifax when accepting the
  report and recommendations of a public review committee on
  the proposed systems plan for parks and protected areas in
  Nova Scotia.
  The review committee conducted meetings across Nova Scotia
  last winter, receiving more than 600 submissions from the
  public. In its report the committee says there is widespread
  public support for the concept of protected spaces and for
  the protection of the 31 candidate sites identified in the
  proposed plan.
  The committee's key recommendation is that all 31 sites be
  designated as protected areas.
  Mr. Downe said the 31 sites encompass more than 283,000
  hectares, or 19 per cent of all provincial Crown land in
  Nova Scotia. "This is a major commitment, unparalleled
  across the country in terms of the proportion of Crown land
  dedicated to protection."
  He said the government is committed to the protection of
  natural landscapes and sites that are uniquely Nova Scotian.
  "We will develop a protected areas strategy and the
  legislation necessary to implement it," Mr. Downe said. "On
  a priority basis individual candidate sites will be
  designated for protection. Individual management plans will
  be developed in consultation with local communities."
  Until the sites are formally designated, the existing
  moratorium on land and resource use on those sites will
  remain in effect. The protected areas strategy is expected
  to be completed later this winter.
  Mr. Downe said he is pleased that the review committee
  recommended that wilderness recreational activities, such as
  hunting and fishing, be permitted within protected areas. He
  added that these activities will also be permitted under the
  Environment Minister Wayne Adams has endorsed the concept of
  protected areas, as well as the plan to designate the 31
  candidate sites for protection.
  "Protected natural areas enhance our environment and send an
  important message to the rest of the world; namely, that we
  care about sustainability and protection of our natural
  environment," said Mr. Adams. "Parks and protected areas are
  one of the greatest legacies we can leave for our children
  and for future generations."
  NOTE TO EDITORS: Following is a summary of highlights of the
  public review committee's recommendations regarding parks
  and protected areas:
  ---Establishment of a comprehensive protected areas system.
  ---Formal designation of the 31 candidate protected areas.
  ---Emphasis on wilderness recreation and eco-tourism.
  ---Continuation of most traditional recreational activities,
  including hunting and fishing; snowmobiling (on key
  connector trails).
  ---Exclusion of all-terrain vehicles, except where necessary
  to access existing camps.
  ---Exclusion of commercial resource development/extraction,
  except where existing commitments apply.
  ---Recognition of existing property rights/land use
  commitments such as private inholdings, mineral rights and
  campsite leases.
  ---Encouragement of complementary management on adjacent
  land, where possible; integrated resource management
  (Crown), voluntary stewardship (private).
  ---Encouragement of private land stewardship initiatives.
  ---Provision of opportunities for consultation and
  ---Adoption of implementation strategy that: continues
  moratorium until areas are designated; places high priority
  on management planning; emphasizes information and
  education; establishes new legislation for protected areas.
  Contact: Blain Henshaw  902-424-5252
  trp                        Dec. 11, 1995