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Federal government invests $860,000 in Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Parkland

File - The Government of Canada has provided the Halifax Regional Municipality with $860,000 to purchase 135 hectares of urban wilderness. Jill Chappell/Global News

The Canadian government is contributing $860,000 to expand one of Nova Scotia’s premier wilderness parks.

Pulling from the Canada Nature Fund the federal governments says the money will help purchase 135-hectares of urban wilderness — pushing the Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Parkland one step closer to completion.

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The new area will help connect existing parklands owned by the provincial Crown.

Originally made as a promise in the Halifax Regional Municipality’s 2006 regional plan, the wilderness area is made up of a mixture of natural forest, lakes, streams and wetlands.

More than 1,700 hectares of land have now been legally protected by the province.

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WATCH: (January 22, 2019) Halifax has acquired 80-hectares of land for the Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lakes Regional Park

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The two parcels of land being purchased in the deal announced on Monday are owned by Barrett Lumber and Armco Capital.

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