Informed by public input and internal review, Our Parks and Protected Areas: A Plan for Nova Scotia represents what are considered to be the best lands for protection. Most of these areas have been selected from presented in Our Parks and Protected Areas: A Proposed Plan for Nova Scotia, using the Six Rs criteria:
Land selection also considered social value – how people will use, connect and enjoy these lands – as well as potential conflicts, including uses like settlement, agriculture, roads, forestry, mining, and energy development.
Our Parks and Protected Areas also includes a number of changes to the existing provincial park properties. These changes include expanding, creating, and reassigning a number of parks. Overall, these changes add to the protected land base and better serve core park mandates of protection, recreation, education, and tourism.
Changes to the existing parks properties are based on several criteria;