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Great Barren & Quinan Lakes 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. 2004-472 (December 3, 2004), N.S. Reg. 236/2004
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 Great Barren & Quinan Lakes Nature Reserve Management Plan dated September 29, 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 to and forming part of the designation, which shall be known as the Great Barren & Quinan Lakes 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.
Great Barren & Quinan Lakes Nature Reserve
All that certain tract of land and land covered by water shown outlined in bold line and identified as Parcels 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 on Compiled Plan Showing Great Barren & Quinan Lakes Nature Reserve, filed at Department of Natural Resources Office at Halifax, under Field Plot P-027/04, said tract of land located at Great Barren & Quinan Lake, Yarmouth County, Province of Nova Scotia.
Saving and excepting a 0.4-hectare (1-acre), more or less, parcel of land situated on shore of Great Barren Lake near the inflow from Quinan Lake, shown on Field Plot P-027/04 as Campsite Lease No. 4292, and more precisely described in Schedule "A" of Lease No. 4292, issued on February 6, 2001, by the Minister of Natural Resources to William Andrew Wallace, George Percy King, and W. Daniel Goodwin.
Containing an approximate area of 355 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 Great Barren & Quinan Lakes Nature Reserve Management Plan
The management plan for Great Barren & Quinan Lakes Nature Reserve describes the outstanding natural features, boundaries, and management prescription for this reserve, which is located approximately 30 km east of Yarmouth, Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia. 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.
Great Barren & Quinan Lakes Nature Reserve encompasses approximately 355 ha, consisting of both mainland and island parcels on Great Barren & Quinan Lakes. Both lakes have a history of water-level manipulation for hydro-electricity general; flowages are not included within the reserve boundary.
The reserve includes ridges supporting outstanding examples of mature, Red Oak- dominated forest. The Red Oak is mixed with varying amounts of Yellow Birch, White Pine, Red Maple, Witch-hazel, Striped Maple, and Balsam Fir. Eastern portions of the reserve also contain Red Spruce, Large-toothed Aspen, and Eastern Hemlock.
The reserve also includes islands in Quinan Lake containing old-growth and mature climax, mixed Acadian forest. The islands support a mosaic of pure groves and mixed forest types of Eastern Hemlock–Red Spruce–Sugar Maple–Yellow Birch and American Beech–White Pine– Balsam Fir–Red Maple. The islands host large populations of Canada Yew, a species which was once common but which has disappeared from much of the Province.
As provided for in the Special Places Protection Act, Great Barren & Quinan Lakes 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.
The reserve is remote and receives little visitation. Access to the reserve for environmental education and nature appreciation purposes will be permitted 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.
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.