Environmental group wants halt to industrial activity in N.S. game sanctuary

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AMHERST, N.S. - The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society is calling on the Nova Scotia government to place a moratorium on forestry and mining in and around the Chignecto Game Sanctuary while the area is studied as a potential wilderness area.
The province has released the evaluation process that will be used to consider creating a wilderness area in and around the game sanctuary.
The map of the 35,000-hectare study area is a near-carbon copy of the proposal made last month by Cumberland Wilderness, with the main difference being the study area is only made up of Crown land.
Chris Miller, national manager of wilderness conservation and climate change for the society, says his organization remains concerned the areas in question could still potentially be degraded by industrial activities.
Miller says the lands represent a fairly significant eco-system with one of the largest intact forests remaining in Nova Scotia that is home to a number of at-risk species.
A public consultation process will come to an end in June, at which time the province will determine what areas, if any, it wants to give wilderness protection to.

Organizations: Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, AMHERST

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