More Valuable Land Protected

Environment

October 25, 2011 1:29 PM

The province is designating Five Bridge Lakes as a wilderness area so that generations of Nova Scotians can enjoy nature just minutes away from the city.

Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau and Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker made the announcement today, Oct. 25, at a community celebration in Tantallon.

"Wilderness areas protect our natural spaces, and the wildlife within them," said Mr. Belliveau. "With the designation of this wilderness area, families can continue to participate in outdoor activities like hiking, running, canoeing and fishing, close to the city."

Five Bridge Lakes Wilderness Area is located between Highway 103 and 333, near Halifax. It includes more than 8,000 hectares of forest barrens and lakes, and a small population of endangered mainland moose.

"Protecting biodiversity and expanding the recovery of species at risk are important to Nova Scotians and are key objectives of our natural resources strategy," said Mr. Parker.

"This wilderness area designation is the result of many years of collaboration by more than 30 community groups," said Tom Musial, on behalf of the Chebucto Wilderness Coalition. "Today is not just a celebration of protecting this important part of the province, it's a celebration of what communities can accomplish when we have a shared vision."

Five Bridge Lakes Wilderness Area will contribute to the province's goal to legally protect 12 per cent of its land by 2015. For more information visit www.gov.ns.ca/nse/12percent .


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     Nova Scotians can enjoy a wilderness area minutes away from

the city, with the designation of Five Bridge Lake Wilderness

Area.

     Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau and Natural

Resources Minister Charlie Parker made the announcement today

October 25th at a community celebration in Tantallon.

     Five Bridge Lakes Wilderness Area is located between Highway

103 and 333 near Halifax. It includes more than 8-thousand

hectares of forest barrens and lakes, and a small population of

endangered mainland moose.

     The designation is the result of over a decade of

collaboration between more than 30 community groups and the

province.

     Five Bridge Lakes Wilderness Area will contribute to the

province's goal of legally protecting 12 per cent of its land by

2015.

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Media Contact: Lori Errington
              Department of Environment
              902-424-7420
              Cell-497-7324
              E-mail: erringla@gov.ns.ca