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Nova Scotia government poised to add 20 sites to its list of parks and protected area

Nova Scotia Environment Minister Gordon Wilson fields questions at the closing news conference of the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment meeting in Halifax on Thursday, June 27, 2019. The Canadian Press/Andrew Vaughan

HALIFAX – The Nova Scotia government says it plans to establish up to 20 new parks and protected areas, a pledge it says will achieve the government’s goal of protecting 13 per cent of the province’s land.

Environment Minister Gordon Wilson made the announcement Tuesday, adding that Canada’s second-smallest province has become a leader in conserving unique habitats, coastline and biodiversity.

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Wilson issued a statement saying the next step is a 60-day online consultation process.

Twelve of the sites will be subject to the formal consultation process, while the other eight sites were listed as “intended for protection.”

The announcement came less than a week before Premier Stephen McNeil is expected to step down at a weekend leadership convention that will select a new party leader.

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Since 2013, the province’s Liberal government has protected more than 150 sites, including areas that provide habitat for Atlantic salmon, the endangered mainland moose and many species of migratory birds.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 2, 2021.

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