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CPAWS welcomes Bowater land purchase in Nova Scotia

HALIFAX – The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) welcomes yesterday’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”.

In total, the Nova Scotia government has acquired 220,000 hectares of land from Resolute Forest Products with today’s land purchase, in addition to approximately 10,000 hectares of land that were acquired from the company earlier this year.  In total, this amounts to approximately 4% of Nova Scotia’s landmass.

With the Bowater land purchase now complete, about one-third of Nova Scotia is publicly-owned, up from only about one quarter a few years ago.

Read the full release and background information here.

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Chris Miller, Ph.D.
National Conservation Biologist
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society