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CPAWS welcomes agreement to expand public land base in Nova Scotia

HALIFAX – The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) welcomes today’s announcement by the Nova Scotia government that it will purchase significant land holdings from Resolute Forest Products in southwestern Nova Scotia.

“Nova Scotia has very little public land”, says Chris Miller, National Conservation Biologist for CPAWS, based in Halifax. “This agreement will go a long way toward protecting significant wilderness areas in southwestern Nova Scotia and help the province achieve its goal of protecting at least 12% of the provincial landmass over the next few years”.

Only about 30% of Nova Scotia is public land, the second lowest of any province in Canada.  Only Prince Edward Island has less public land.

According to documents released by the province, this agreement will see the government purchase $23.7 Million worth of private lands from the company.  Based on previous land purchases from forest companies, this should result in about 10,000 hectares of private land being purchased to add to the public land base.

Read more at CPAWS Nova Scotia