Nova Scotia is one of the most beautiful places on earth. From the steep canyon slopes of the Margaree River to the sand dunes of Sand Hills Beach, Nova Scotia’s parks and protected areas support recreation, tourism, research, and education.
They also preserve nature, and offer us a place to escape, be adventurous, and just have fun. And they make a big impact on local economies, providing jobs and attracting visitor dollars in nearby communities.
Our Parks and Protected Areas: A Plan for Nova Scotia will ensure that important natural areas across the province continue to thrive. The plan delivers on two important government commitments:
Our Parks and Protected Areas Plan enables Nova Scotia to exceed the 12 percent target by protecting 13 per cent of our landmass by 2015 – a significant milestone.
This plan provides for the protection of 13 percent of our province’s outstanding landmass by 2015. It also includes other lands that could increase that protection once further considerations are taken into account. More specifically, if all lands included in Our Parks and Protected Areas were legally protected, it would result in:
With these changes, the parks and protected areas system would include