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Change in sanctuarys status may halt area

SOUTHAMPTON Upgrading the level of protection of the Chignecto Game Sanctuary to a wilderness protected area could threaten the existence of local snowmobile clubs, concerned members have declared.

Dead end?

SOUTHAMPTON Upgrading the level of protection of the Chignecto Game Sanctuary to a wilderness protected area could threaten the existence of local snowmobile clubs, concerned members have declared.

Members of the Chignecto and Glooscap snowmobile clubs are worried that enhanced protection of the sanctuary would mean they could no longer access a network of trails that pass through the area between communities such as River Hebert, Southampton, Parrsboro, Maccan and Advocate.

If we lost all that access in there, that would spell the end of our club, said Rick Yorke, president of the Glooscap club, which covers the Parrsboro and Advocate areas.

Cumberland Wilderness, a group of county residents concerned about conserving wilderness areas for wildlife habitat and outdoor recreation activities such as canoeing, hiking and fishing, has been pushing the province to upgrade the areas status to protect it from forestry and mining operations.

But the Wilderness Protection Act states that in designated wilderness protected areas, except as provided in the act or the regulations, motorized vehicles would be prohibited as well.

This concerns Chignecto club member Larry Scopie, who said a designated wilderness protected area near the Cumberland/Colchester county line has already been cut off to snowmobile and ATV use, and he fears the same would become the case here.

In River Hebert, we cant go anywhere without hitting the sanctuary, and weve spent a lot of money upgrading trails to get to the sanctuary, he said. Were in favour of the Department of Natural Resources keeping control of that and doing what theyre doing with it. Theyve taken it from a burned out area to a forest that theyre managing pretty well.



awagstaff@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Department of Natural Resources

Geographic location: River Hebert, Parrsboro, Colchester

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