March 14, 2005

Wildlife sanctuary review comment period extended, new areas to be added to NS wilderness network

HALIFAX, NS-Nova Scotia's Department of Natural Resources has extended by three months the deadline for public comment on the review of wildlife sanctuaries and wildlife management areas. The closing date for public contributions has been changed from February 28 to May 31, 2005. Natural Resources Minister Richard Hurlburt said the extension responds to a number of requests received by his department for a longer public consultation period to allow for more involvement. Information about the review, including contact information for public comments, plus details concerning provincial wildlife management areas and wildlife sanctuaries may be viewed on the department's Web site, In related activities, Premier John Hamm recently announced the government's intention to add Gully Lake and Eigg Mountain-James River to Nova Scotia's system of wilderness areas. Detailed boundary maps will be completed for each of these examples of Nova Scotia's natural landscape. This process will take about six months, after which the landscapes will be officially designated as wilderness areas. Gully Lake has 3,810 hectares in Pictou and Colchester counties. Eigg Mountain-James River has 4,150 hectares in Antigonish County. Their designation and boundaries were proposed last year and received considerable support during a public consultation period from June to August 2004.

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