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Chignecto Isthmus Wilderness Area announced in Nova Scotia

  • Published on Dec 17 2008 |
  • This article is tagged as: chignecto

HALIFAX –  The provincial government has taken the necessary steps to officially protect the Municipal Water Supply Lands owned by the Town of Amherst as a legally-protected wilderness area.  It will be known as the Chignecto Isthmus Wilderness Area and is the 34th wilderness area established in Nova Scotia.

“The Town of Amherst has demonstrated strong and progressive leadership in protecting its water supply lands as a protected wilderness area”, says Chris Miller, National Manager of Wilderness Conservation and Climate Change for CPAWS.  “We look to the provincial government to very quickly expand the Chignecto Isthmus Wilderness Area onto adjacent Crown lands, to establish a much larger protected wilderness area that will stretch all the way to the New Brunswick border”.

 “We also look to other Municipalities to similarly protect biodiversity on other Municipal lands across the province”, says Miller.

The Chignecto Isthmus Wilderness Area is nine hundred and seventy hectares in size.  It is located in a very important part of the province, near the NS-NB border on lands that form the very narrow land bridge connecting Nova Scotia to the rest of the continent

“The land connection must be maintained in a natural state”, says Miller, “so that species are not cut-off from the rest of the continent.  This is particularly important for the native moose population, which is common in New Brunswick but endangered in Nova Scotia”.

The Nova Scotia government has committed to protecting 12% of the provincial landmass by the year 2015.  Today’s announcement will help move the province closer toward achieving that goal.  Currently, approximately 8.4% of the province is legally-protected.

A number of other sites are currently working their way through government and are under interim protection.  These include the Blue Mountain – Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area near Halifax, and the Ship Harbour Long Lake Wilderness Area along the Eastern Shore.

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For more information:
Chris Miller
National Manager
Wilderness Conservation and Climate Change
CPAWS
(w) 902-446-4155
cmiller@cpaws.org