Groups that fought to preserve Nova Scotia park hail province's pledge to protect it

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HALIFAX — People who fought to preserve a section of Crown land from development are hailing a decision by the Nova Scotia government to designate it as a provincial park.

Natural Resources and Renewables Minister Tory Rushton said Tuesday that 266 hectares of Owls Head in Little Harbour, N.S., will be protected as a natural park reserve.

The announcement followed a more than three-year public battle to reverse a controversial decision by the former Liberal government, which in March 2019 had quietly removed the area of coastal barrens and wetlands from a list of lands awaiting legal protection.

Wildlife biologist Bob Bancroft says Rushton’s announcement shows that government will respond to public pressure.

Chris Trider, who helped spearhead the Save Owls Head Provincial Park Facebook campaign, says those who wanted to protect the area from development are grateful that many people got involved, adding that at one point the Facebook group had more than 10,000 members.

Trider says the government’s pending designation and management classification is “ideal for the area.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 15, 2022.

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