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From Lindsay Lee on Friends of Blue Mt – Birch Cove Lakes (Public Facebook Group)
It’s important to many of us that our city invests in a green future that includes wilderness conservation.
We need to ensure that this is clear to HRM’s new Council, who are currently looking for services to scale back in the midst of Covid-19. If the formal designation of Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes is important to you, then I encourage you to fill out the HRM survey:
I’ve included a few screenshots that show questions about environmental protection. Below is my answer to the open-ended question at the end of the survey.
“Formally protecting wilderness/natural areas for recreation and environmental well-being serves multiple purposes. It offers a free avenue for outdoor family exercise, which is especially important with the prohibitive fees charged by facilities like the Canada Games Centre. Designating protected areas helps with the climate crisis (by absorbing and storing carbon), it helps with practical ecosystem services (such as water purification), and can even contribute to eco-tourism.
While I understand that the Regional Council will likely need to scale back certain services, I truly hope that investing in the green future of our city is not one of those areas. After all, how many of these investments will continue to better the lives of HRM residents for decades to come?
I urge you to move forward in supporting Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area, Sandy Lake Park, and others, which have high community interest but remain in need of protection.”