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Loon Lake

Loon Lake Nature Reserve, in eastern Guysborough County, harbours impressive stands of old-growth yellow birch and sugar maple forest.

This forest is thought to have developed after a major wind storm about 200 years ago. There is little evidence of human use or disturbance throughout most of the site. Old forest remnants such as Loon Lake Nature Reserve offer a refuge to species that do poorly in the open and fragmented habitats that characterize much of the surrounding landscape.

The designation of five hectares within this area was identified in the Province’s 2013 Parks and Protected Areas Plan, subject to addressing mineral rights. These five hectares are included in the nature reserve as the mineral rights that overlapped them have since expired.