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Spinneys Heath Nature Reserve Ecological Site Designation made under Section 14 of the
Special Places Protection Act
R.S.N.S. 1989, c. 438
O.I.C. 2004-471 (December 3, 2004), N.S. Reg. 238/2004
I hereby designate as an ecological site pursuant to subsections (1), (2), (3), and (4) of Section 14 of Chapter 438 of the Revised Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1989, the Special Places Protection Act, the land described in Appendix "A" and shown on the map attached as Appendix "B", which ecological site shall be managed in accordance with the Spinneys Heath Nature Reserve Management Plan dated July 14, 2004, and filed at the office of the Department of Environment and Labour at Halifax, a summary of which is attached as Appendix "C", all appendices being attached hereto and forming part of the designation, which shall be known as the Spinneys Heath Nature Reserve, effective on the date of publication of the designation in the Royal Gazette.
Sgd: K. Morash
Minister of Environment and Labour
Dated and signed at Halifax, Nova Scotia
October 26, 2004.
Spinneys Heath Nature Reserve
All that certain tract of land and land covered by water shown outlined in bold line on Compiled Plan Showing Spinneys Heath Nature Reserve, filed at the Department of Natural Resources Office at Halifax, under Field Plot P-024/04, said tract of land located at Spinneys Heath, Yarmouth County, Province of Nova Scotia.
Saving and excepting a 0.4-hectare (1-acre), more or less, parcel of land situated east of East Goose Lake, shown on Field Plot P-024/04 as Campsite Lease No. 3581, and more precisely described in Schedule "A" of Lease No. 3581, issued on August 19, 1988 by the Minister of Lands and Forests to Everett Greene, Jackie Greene, Gary Greene, Merrill Greene, Walter Spinney, and Durward Greene.
Containing an approximate area of 640 hectares.
[The map contained in Appendix "B" is not available in this format. Contact the Registry of Regulations for more information or to obtain a copy.]
Summary of Spinneys Heath Nature Reserve Management Plan
The management plan for Spinneys Heath Nature Reserve describes the outstanding natural features, boundaries, and management prescription for this reserve, which is located approximately 25 km east-southeast of Yarmouth, Yarmouth County. The management plan gives guidance to those charged with maintaining the ecological integrity of the reserve, emphasizing the most fundamental principle of nature reserve management—that protection must take priority over use.
Spinneys Heath is a large, open, flat bog covering approximately 250 hectares, with a catchment area (watershed + bog) of nearly 500 hectares. It was identified by the International Biological Program in 1971 as an excellent example of an open Sphagnum bog exhibiting little sign of human disturbance. It is also considered to be a candidate area for harbouring endangered coastal plain flora because of its proximity and similarity to other bogs containing endangered plants. Vegetation of Spinneys Heath is dominated by sedge (Carex exilis) and rush (Scirpus caespitosus) on Sphagnum (spp.) moss, with hummocks of Sphagnum and Ground Juniper (Juniperus communis).
Spinneys Heath Nature Reserve encompasses approximately 640 hectares, including approximately 95% of Spinneys Heath bog, and nearly 90% of the entire catchment of Spinneys Heath.
As provided for in the Special Places Protection Act, Spinneys Heath Nature Reserve is to be managed to a high standard of protection, equivalent to IUCN Class Ia (Strict Nature Reserve), in keeping with the overriding goal of maintenance and restoration of ecological integrity. Spinneys Heath Nature Reserve is somewhat remote and receives little visitation. Access to the reserve for environmental education and nature appreciation purposes will be accommodated to the extent that protection goals are not compromised. Motorized and non-motorized vehicle access (including ATVs, motorcycles, and mountain bikes) will not be permitted. With the exception of forest fires, natural processes will be allowed to take place in the absence of any direct human interference. The research function of the area will be served by encouraging scientific study of the area on permit basis.
Staff will carry out regular (at least annual or more frequently if specifically warranted) and opportunistic inspections to assess compliance with the Act and the management plan.