February 7, 2005

Nova Scotia reviews wildlife management areas

HALIFAX, NS-Wildlife specialists in Nova Scotia are beginning a public review of the province's 26 wildlife sanctuaries and management areas to determine which will be maintained or will have their boundaries changed, renewed, or eliminated. Some sanctuaries and wildlife management areas no longer serve the purpose for which they were established. Nine areas await official designation. The first wildlife management areas were created in the1920s to provide a reliable supply of game for hunters and trappers. Others were created later to enable youth and nature enthusiasts to enjoy the outdoors. "New philosophies of care and management of forests, waterways and wildlife can point us in the direction of more effective use and greater enjoyment of our natural resources. At the same time, new legislative tools will allow us to protect significant wildlife habitats," said Natural Resources Minister Richard Hurlburt. Modern wildlife management techniques allow biologists to evaluate and identify significant wildlife habitats. This, combined with new or updated legislation, ensures regulations are customized to the management needs of each site while accommodating a wide range of human activities. Public comment is being invited, with submissions due by Monday, February 28, 2005. More information is available on-line at www.gov.ns.ca/natr/wildlife/sanctuaries/.

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