The Path We Share: What It Says About Provincial Parks
The Path We Share, A Natural Resources Strategy for Nova Scotia 2011-2020, was launched by the Government of Nova Scotia in August 2011. The strategy specifies specific goals and actions for Nova Scotia's provincial parks.
Challenge Nova Scotians to work together to create a sustainable park system for 2020 and beyond.
- Engage the public at provincial, regional, and community levels in a focused dialogue about provincial parks.
- Inform Nova Scotians about the current park system - what the parks offer and what they cost - and ask Nova Scotians what they value.
- Involve Nova Scotians in setting priorities for a sustainable park system, addressing the issues of protection, education, recreation, and tourism.
- Develop stable, mutually accountable partnerships.
Work collaboratively to guide the planning, management, and operation of a sustainable provincial park system.
- Make an inventory of the biological diversity, cultural and heritage values, including Mi'kmaq archaeology and archaeological sites, and opportunities for nature-based recreation and education in provincial parks.
- Evaluate each park for its provincial, regional, and local contribution to the parks mandate (protection, education, recreation, and tourism).
- Identify parks that are essential to the provincial parks mandate, parks that are of secondary value to the mandate, and parks that are outside the mandate.
- Identify gaps in the park system, and ways to fill the gaps.
- Involve municipal and federal government parks representatives when preparing the provincial park system plan.
- Monitor the implementation of the park system plan.
Make protection of Nova Scotia's natural and cultural heritage a priority of the provincial park system.
- Update laws and policies to emphasize protection in the planning and management of provincial parks.
- Ensure that park planning, development, and operations protect significant natural and cultural heritage assets.
- Monitor the protection of natural and cultural heritage assets.
- Work with Nova Scotia Environment to integrate the planning and reporting of the parks and protected areas programs.
Deepen public understanding and appreciation of Nova Scotia's natural and cultural heritage.
- Create new opportunities for people to explore and experience the province's natural and cultural heritage.
- Work with communities and other partners to showcase and interpret significant aspects of Nova Scotia's culture and heritage.
- Inform Nova Scotians and visitors about the wealth of learning and recreational opportunities in our provincial parks.
Provide nature-based recreation that supports a healthy way of life for Nova Scotians, while protecting our natural and cultural heritage.
- Identify new nature-based recreational opportunities in each park.
- Ensure that recreation activities are environmentally sustainable.