NS Provincial Parks at Risk?

The Natural Resources Strategy for Nova Scotia was released on August 16 and outlines the approach to natural resource management, biodiversity, forestry, geological resources and provincial parks. Though the news release on the Strategy  only stated it will “carry out a detailed visitor survey to collect information on the park system,” news reports have indicated budget cuts could affect our parks, with increased user fees and even park closures being considered. The strategy says, “The parks cannot be all things to all people. We need to decide which parks will focus on protection; which will provide recreation; and which might be separated into clearly designated sections that have distinct roles. We also need to decide such important matters as where to invest taxpayers’ funds and what land to divest.” Consultation with Nova Scotians on the park system is slated to begin over the next year.

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