Conservation successes

2015

  • Nova Scotia government commits to FSC certification for all public lands in western Nova Scotia, including former Bowater lands
  • Province designates "second batch" of new protected areas, including hundreds of islands along the Eastern Shore and an expansion of Blue Mountain - Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area.  A total of 18,000 hectares of land is protected, with 4 new protected wilderness areas, 11 new nature reserves, and 8 expansions to existing protected areas.
  • Department of Fisheries and Oceans initiates MPA network planning for Scotian Shelf Bioregion, including Bay of Fundy.

2014

  • First batch of new protected areas from the "final protected areas plan" now official, with creation of 4 new protected wilderness areas in Cape Breton (Humes River, The Stillwaters, Baddeck River, and Ruiss Noir) and 16 new nature reserves, protecting a total of about 14,000 hectares of land.
  • Nova Scotia government acquires private lands on Aylesford Lake for conservation and in support of Brigadoon Village

2013

  • Nova Scotia government unveils final protected areas proposal that will conserve an additional 250,000 hectares of land in the province
  • Sable Island National Park Reserve officially established
  • Nova Scotia government acquires 900 hectares of private land for conservation, including sites at St. Mary's River, Port Joli, Chignecto, and Ship Harbour Long Lake
  • Department of Fisheries and Oceans establishes two closure areas on the Scotian Shelf to protect globally unique aggregations of glass sponges; 259 square kilometres in total
  • Sackville Lakes Provincial Park officially established
  • Halifax Regional Municipality initiates land negotiations for Birch Cove Lakes regional park
  • Parks Canada publicly releases Bay of Fundy assessment identifying areas of interest for a National Marine Conservation Area
  • Nova Scotia government initiates first community forest on lands acquired from Bowater in southwestern Nova Scotia

2012

  • Nova Scotia government acquires ALL Bowater land holdings in the province (220,000 hectrares in total), greatly expanding public land base.
  • Kelley River Wilderness Area officially established; largest new protected area in Nova Scotia since 1998; protects large intact forest at Chignecto; 20,950 ha in size
  • Raven Head Wilderness Area officially established; protects 41km of Bay of Fundy coastline near Chignecto; 5,270 ha in size
  • Parks Canada begins to manage Sable Island as a national park reserve
  • NS government expands nine existing protected wilderness areas
  • NS government commits an additional $3 million for land purchases for conservation
  • Nova Scotia government commits to establishing community-based forestry in the southwestern portion of province

2011

  • NS government recommends two new wilderness areas to protect Chignecto, totalling 25,000 hectares
  • NS government moves to expand nine existing protected wilderness areas
  • Federal government announces St. Anns Bank, off the coast of Cape Breton, as an Area of Interest for a future marine protected area
  • Nova Scotia government releases proposal to significantly expand system of protected areas in the province, to protect an additional 189,000 hectares of land
  • Federal government and Nova Scotia government sign park establishment agreement to create Sable Island National Park Reserve
  • Five Bridge Lakes Wilderness Area officially established
  • $23.75 million in funding committed by NS government to acquire high conservation value lands from Bowater Mersey
  • $6.5 million in funding committed by NS government for Nova Scotia Environment to purchase lands for conservation

2010

  • Sable Island chosen to become Canada's newest national park
  • NS government purchases 56,000 hectares of private land owned by several forest companies, mostly for conservation
  • NS government commits to reducing clearcutting by 50% in 5-years and banning whole-tree harvesting
  • Parks Canada initiates Bay of Fundy study to identify potential conservation sites for a National Marine Conservation Area
  • New offshore marine protected area promised for Eastern Scotian Shelf

2009

  • Blue Mountain - Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area officially estabished
  • Ship Harbour Long Lake Wilderness Area officially established
  • Shelburne River Wilderness Area officially established
  • Colin Stewart Forest Forum negotiations completed with recommendations for new protected areas
  • Commitment by NS government to establish a "large" new protected wilderness area at Chignecto
  • Commitment by NS government to establish the Five Bridge Lakes Wilderness Area

2008

  • Chignecto Isthmus Wilderness Area established on public lands owned by the Town of Amherst
  • Nova Scotia Crown Share Land Legacy Trust established to help land trusts purchase high conservation value private lands
  • Five new nature reserves established in southwestern Nova Scotia
  • NS government commits to establishing a new nature reserve on the West Branch of the St. Mary's River at Hemlock Falls

2007

  • NS government commits to protecting Blue Mountain - Birch Cove Lakes as a protected wilderness area
  • New legislation introduced to expand the protected areas system in Nova Scotia
  • NS government purchases 10,000 hectares of private land owned by Bowater for conservation purposes
  • Blandford Nature Reserve established
  • Agreement reached to protect Ship Harbour Long Lake as a protected wilderness area
  • Whites Point mega-quarry and marine terminal proposal for Digby Neck and Islands rejected by Federal and Provincial governments
  • NS government commits to establishing the Shelburne River Wilderness Area