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Here you'll find official news releases from CPAWS ns. Clicking on a link will you take to the chapter's website.

Feb 28 13

CPAWS welcomes new protected areas for Nova Scotia
HALIFAX – The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) welcomes today’s announcement by the Nova Scotia government that it will significantly expand the provincial protected areas system. In total, an additional 241,010 hectares of land is proposed for protection, creating 44 new protected wilderness areas, 120 new nature reserves, and 4 new provincial parks. Additionally, several existing protected areas will be expanded, including 32 wilderness areas, 10 nature reserves, and 12 provincial parks.

Feb 12 13

CPAWS welcomes legislation for Sable Island National Park, but oil and gas allowances worrisome
HALIFAX – The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) welcomes today’s announcement that the federal government has introduced legislation in the Senate to formally protect Sable Island National Park Reserve under the Canada National Parks Act. “Sable Island is a national treasure,” says Jennifer Smith, Outreach Coordinator for CPAWS Nova Scotia. “We’re pleased that we’ve reached the final stage of providing long term legal protection for this iconic wilderness.”

Jan 21 13

Conservation group reports on marine protection in Nova Scotia
HALIFAX – A new report from the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) finds that Nova Scotia and the federal government have made limited progress in the past 18 months on protecting important marine areas off our shores, despite years of study documenting the need for stronger conservation measures to nurture critical sea life including North Atlantic Right Whales, deep water sponges and corals, and vulnerable fish such as the Atlantic wolffish.

Dec 10 12

CPAWS welcomes Bowater land purchase in Nova Scotia
HALIFAX – The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) welcomes today’s announcement by the Nova Scotia government that it has acquired all of the Bowater lands for sale in the province. “This is an historic land purchase”, says Chris Miller, National Conservation Biologist for CPAWS, based in Halifax. “Nova Scotia is emerging as a leader in Canada for the protection of wilderness and is making considerable progress expanding the public land base”.

Nov 17 12

CPAWS National Conservation Biologist receives Diamond Jubilee Medal
HALIFAX – The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) would like to take this opportunity to congratulate one of our own. Dr. Chris Miller, our National Conservation Biologist, has just been awarded a Diamond Jubilee medal for his work to protect wilderness in Nova Scotia, and across Canada. The medal was presented to Chris at a ceremony with Geoff Regan, MP on November 12th.

Oct 17 12

Where do HRM candidates stand on protecting Birch Cove Lakes?
Protecting the Birch Cove Lakes as a regional park has emerged as an important election issue in the Halifax Regional Municipality.

Oct 04 12

Proposed protected areas in eastern Nova Scotia and Cape Breton put at risk
HALIFAX – The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is extremely disappointed to learn that proposed protected areas in eastern mainland Nova Scotia and Cape Breton have NOT, in fact, been excluded from the lease agreement with Port Hawkesbury Paper Ltd.

Aug 29 12

Pipeline project must examine alternate routes around protected areas
HALIFAX – The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) welcomes today’s announcement by the Minister of Environment to require a Focus Report for the environmental review of the proposed Alton Natural Gas Pipeline. This decision means that the Proponent must now examine in detail potential impacts on two proposed protected areas near Stewiacke.

Jul 12 12

Nova Scotia’s parks face growing threats to their ecological health
In the run-up to Canada Parks Day on the 3rd Saturday in July, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) released a sobering report about the growing threats our parks are facing. The report highlights the dangers to our parks due to funding cuts; the loss of science and ecological monitoring capacity; and the growth of inappropriate developments within and adjacent to many current and proposed parks.

Jul 11 12

What’s the best use for Bowater’s lands?
The forest industry in Nova Scotia is going through a difficult transition. With the closure of the Bowater mill and the struggle to restart the mill at Port Hawkesbury, many Nova Scotians find themselves in a very hard position, particularly mill workers, private woodlot owners, and local contractors.

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