Land Purchase Helps 12 Per Cent Target, Protects Jobs

Published by the Premier's Office

Friday, January 6, 2011

The province has reached an agreement with Bowater Mersey to purchase 25,000 acres of land that will help Nova Scotia meet its goal to protect 12 per cent of its land mass, provide more recreational opportunities and save thousands of jobs along the South Shore and in southwestern Nova Scotia.


We will soon see highly valuable land back in the hands of Nova Scotians. The purchase of these lands enriches our environment, provides us with more land to enjoy, and helps keep a major employer on the South Shore. Premier Darrell Dexter

We have been working jointly with the Nova Scotia government to select lands for today's purchase. We are pleased that land with cultural significance for the Mi'kmaq people was among the final parcels selected. Chief Gerard Julian, co-chair of the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq Chiefs

Government has done a very good job as part of this package of acquiring provincially significant and irreplaceable high conservation value lands for protection. Ray Plourde, wilderness co-ordinator, Ecology Action Centre

Buying land is always a good investment, and securing high value conservation lands like these is especially good investment for biodiversity and future generations. Ray Plourde, wilderness co-ordinator, Ecology Action Centre

These land purchases are a strategic investment in Nova Scotia's future. The properties are of high conservation value, and support old growth forests, species-at-risk habitat, frontage on significant waterways, and large intact forests. Chris Miller, national conservation biologist with the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society

Quick Facts

  • The land includes productive forests, old-growth timber stands, ocean and lake frontage, wetlands and some land of cultural significance to the Mi'kmaq.
  • As committed by Premier Dexter in December, the province will now work to increase public access to trails as part of the agreement with Bowater. This will ensure more Nova Scotians have a chance to experience the areas' natural beauty.
  • Most of the land, located in Annapolis, Hants, Lunenburg, Queens and Shelburne counties, was identified by the Colin Stewart Forest Forum as having high conservation values and will be included in the protected land process.
  • The purchase is part of the province's plan to protect jobs at the Bowater Mersey pulp and paper mill. The total price of the land purchase is $23.7 million.
  • The land purchases are consistent with the Canada-U.S. Softwood Lumber Agreement.

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Natural Resources


Fisher Lake in Annapolis County
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Mersey River in Queens County
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Eagle Nest in Hants County
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Premier Darrell Dexter talks about the purchase of 25,000 acres of land by the province.
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Premier announces Bowater Land Purchase


Premier Darrell Dexter says part of the agreement with Bowater was the province buying company land worth $23.7 million.....
Premier Dexter says the province wanted to acquire land for conservation, protection, recreation, forestry and of interest to the Mi'kmaq.