Nature Reserve Lands More Than Doubled

Environment and Labour (to April 1/08)

December 8, 2004 9:14 AM

Nova Scotia has more than doubled its nature reserve lands with
the designation of four new reserves and the expansion of
another.

The new reserves feature bogs, a mature Red Oak forest, an old-
growth Acadian mixed forest, the endangered thread-leaved sundew
plant, coastal headlands and barrens.

"These reserves are peaceful places where we just let nature be,
untouched," said Environment and Labour Minister Kerry Morash.
"We're protecting these places so Nova Scotians will always enjoy
the beauty of our natural environment and the knowledge gained by
studying it."

The province now has 11 nature reserves totalling 3,140 hectares,
up from 1,360 hectares. They preserve and protect typical and
special ecosystems, plants and animals. They also offer research
and education opportunities.

The new reserves total about 1,700 hectares. Two are in Yarmouth
County -- the Great Barren and Quinan Lakes Nature Reserve near
Quinan, and Spinneys Heath Nature Reserve near Argyle. The others
include Quinns Meadow Nature Reserve near Clyde River, Shelburne
Co., and Duncans Cove Nature Reserve in Halifax Regional
Municipality.

MacFarlane Woods Nature Reserve, near Mabou, Inverness Co., was
designated in 1988 with 52.5 hectares. It is now 132 hectares --
more than double its original size. About 58 per cent of this
land is owned by area resident Jim St. Clair who is allowing it
to be used as part of the nature reserve.

"From the time my ancestors arrived here in 1820, these woods
have provided clean air, protection against the wind, and a
glorious site in all seasons," said Mr. St. Clair. "Our family
made a good decision to set this area aside, and the partnership
with the provincial government is helpful to preserve it for
future generations to treasure."

The new and expanded nature reserves help meet commitments in the
government's green plan, Toward a Sustainable Environment, to protect
more of Nova Scotia's natural environment.

About 8.2 per cent of land in Nova Scotia is protected through
the combined efforts of the provincial and federal governments,
and organizations like the Nature Conservancy of Canada and the
Nova Scotia Nature Trust.

All of Nova Scotia's nature reserves are described on the
department's website at www.gov.ns.ca/enla/pareas .


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     Nova Scotia has more than doubled its nature reserve lands.

     The province has designated four new reserves and expanded

another.

     The four new reserves are in Yarmouth and Shelburne

counties, and Halifax Regional Municipality.

     The expanded reserve is in Mabou, Inverness County.

     The province now has 11 nature reserves totalling more than

31-hundred hectares, up from more than 13-hundred.

     Environment and Labour Minister Kerry Morash says these

reserves are peaceful places where nature is left untouched.

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Contact: Adèle Poirier
         Nova Scotia Environment and Labour
         902-424-6427
         E-mail: poiriea@gov.ns.ca

jal         December 8, 2004         9:13 A.M.