Chignecto Game Sanctuary finds friend

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Cumberland Wilderness is thrilled that its campaign to protect the Chignecto Game Sanctuary has an ally at the provincial level.

Liberal natural resources critic, Leo Glavine, said Wednesday that the quality of wildlife in the sanctuary will continue to deteriorate unless its given full protection under the Wildlife Act.

Thats music to the ears of Harry Thurston.

Cumberland Wilderness is thrilled that its campaign to protect the Chignecto Game Sanctuary has an ally at the provincial level.

Liberal natural resources critic, Leo Glavine, said Wednesday that the quality of wildlife in the sanctuary will continue to deteriorate unless its given full protection under the Wildlife Act.

Thats music to the ears of Harry Thurston.

We couldnt agree more with what hes saying. We too feel that converting the game sanctuary to a wilderness area presents a wonderful opportunity for the province to meet its own goal for full protection of 12 per cent of Nova Scotias landscape, Thurston said.

Glavine said forests are not just for enjoyment, but are also home to an assortment of wildlife that requires protection. He wants the province to convert all game sanctuaries to fully protected wilderness areas like the Tobeatic Wilderness Reserve in southwestern Nova Scotia.

Cumberland Wilderness is a group of county residents concerned about conserving wilderness areas for wildlife habitat and outdoor recreation.

The first step was getting the support of municipal council. Thats vital because theyre in touch with residents. Now the next step is to take that to the provincial government, Thurston said. Game sanctuaries should have been protected in the first place. This is an opportunity to protect a past wrong.

During the spring sitting of the legislature, Glavine introduced an amendment to the act calling for the protection of game sanctuaries from strip-mining and logging. He feels that a key component of a healthy environment is a stable eco-system and more emphasis must be placed on protecting forests and wooded areas.

Its not enough to just exclude hunting from these protected areas, but full environmental protection is needed. By allowing clear-cutting in sanctuaries, we are contributing to everything from global warming to species extinction, the Liberal MLA said. These so-called protected areas will be reduced to nothing but parking lots.

dcole@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Tobeatic Wilderness Reserve

Geographic location: Nova Scotias, Southwestern Nova Scotia

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