Part of plan to protect 12 per cent of landmass by 2015
The province is purchasing 90 acres of land near Welton Lake near Parrsboro.
HALIFAX – A 90-acre patch of land north of Parrsboro has been purchased by the provincial government as part of its effort to reach its goal of protecting at least 12 per cent of its lands.
The province is purchasing the land near Welton Lake from Atlantic Star for $108,000.
Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau announced the purchase, along with seven other acquisitions totaling 2,226.5 acres, on Thursday.
“Nova Scotia’s most important spaces need to be protected from development and potentially harmful human activity,” Belliveau said in a news release. “These lands contain vital wildlife habitat, mature forests and popular recreational-use areas. Other lands are relatively free of human activity and need to remain that way. These purchases will greatly enhance our protected areas system.”
Atlantic Star is a property management company and department spokeswoman Lori Errington said the land is likely part of property owned by a forestry company.
The province also purchased 592 acres near Panuke Lake in Halifax County, 677 acres within the Cobequid Mountain-South Cobequid foothills, 231 acres along the St. Mary’s River, 115 acres near Seashore lands in Cape Breton County, another 76 in Cape Breton County, 147.5 acres along the Cabot Trail and 298 acres near the Ship Harbour-Long Lake Wilderness Area.
Sale prices were based on certified appraisals of fair market value. The purchases were made using $6.5 million allotted in the 2012-13 budget to help the province meet its goal to protect 12 per cent of its landmass by 2015.
Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker also announced the purchase of 2,900 acres of land through the Forestry Transition Landy Acquisition Program including 956 acres of land in Richmond and Inverness counties, 1,081 acres of land in Pictou and Antigonish counties, another 150 acres of land in Pictou County, 150 acres of land in Queens County, just over 300 acres of land in Victoria County and the southern half of West Ironbound Island in Lunenburg County.
The land purchases are being funded through the province’s 2012-13 tangible capital assets plan.