Sackville River Wilderness Area

Great news!! The Nova Scotia government just announced that it will create a wilderness park for Upper Sackville!! This is something the Sackville Rivers Association, CPAWS Nova Scotia and the local community have been working toward for many many years. It is a good thing for the river and a good thing for our community. 

CBC article: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/nova-scotia-20-wilderness-areas-protected-1.5898161

Public consultation underway

The Nova Scotia government wants to hear from the public about the proposed wilderness park.

It’s crucial that they receive letters of support. You can send your letter of support to protectedareas@novascotia.ca or mail it to: Protected Areas and Ecosystems, PO Box 442, Halifax, NS, B3J 2P8. 

Please tell them:

  1. You support Sackville River Wilderness Area
  2. You want the wilderness park made bigger

The official public consultation website is here: https://novascotia.ca/parksandprotectedareas/. And you can find a map here: https://nse.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Shortlist/index.html?appid=afed7baf9ed648e8906a6491c2ba7568 

The public consultation runs until April 13th, but why wait?? Send your letter in right away.

What is a protected wilderness area?

The wilderness area designation for the public lands at Sackville River Wilderness Area means that the area will no longer be threatened with industrial activities, such as clearcutting, mining, or development. The natural area will be protected for people to enjoy forever.

The wilderness area encourages public use. The way that the area is currently being used is the way that it will be managed. You will still be able to hike, walk, bike, fish, hunt, canoe, ski, snowshoe, dogwalk, bike, etc. 

Conservation significance

  • Supports a clean and healthy Sackville River
  • Habitat for rare species: wild Atlantic salmon and turtles
  • Important wetlands and forests (including stands of old forest)
  • Wildlife corridor
  • Place for recreation in nature

Make it bigger

The proposed boundary for Sackville River Wilderness Area is too small. Tell the government you support a bigger wilderness park and that the boundary should include adjacent public lands on all sides of the protected area, but especially on the eastern side.

Thank you

Thank you for your support!! The Sackville Rivers Association has been waiting years for this wilderness park and we thank you for your help getting it across the finish line.