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Kejimkujik National Park

In 1995, Kejimkujik National Park, put together a new management plan for the park. Under this plan they created 4 zones within the park. Zone one was classified as special preservation areas, there are 31 of these zones throughout the park, covering an area of 16 sq. km. These zones were created to protect the Blanding's Turtle and the Piping Plover breeding areas. In Kejimkujik one area of special interest is Grafton Lake. The Department of Fisheries constructed a dam on Grafton Brook in 1938. This dam was removed in 1996 to allow the lake to return to its natural state.

Tobeatic Wildlife Management Area

The Tobeatic Wilderness is an area covering approximately 100,000 hectares of land. It is a very important area to protect because it contains many unique features and many animals live within the boundaries of the Tobeatic. It also harbours the last native gene pool of Nova Scotia Moose. More information can be found at the web site for the Tobeatic Wilderness Committee.

Shelburne River

On September 19, 1997, the Shelburne River was designated a Canadian Heritage River. The river flows for 53km through Nova Scotia's wilderness. The river has a watershed of 27,739 hectares, with approximately 67 percent being crown land most of it in the Tobeatic Wilderness area. The Shelburne River flows from Buckshot lake south to Lake Rossignol. It is a key river because it joins the Sissiboo, Tusket, Roseway and Mersey River systems together.

Annapolis River

Historically several tributaries of the Annapolis River supported populations of Brook Trout and Atlantic salmon. Through techniques such as digger logs, deflectors and bush fences the Clean Annapolis River Project (CARP) is hoping to restore these fish habitats.

Location and description of ecologically significant areas in the western valley region.

Site of Significance Location Designation Description
Big Dam Lake Kejimkujik National Park IBP Proposed Ecological Site A dense, pure stand of old-growth hemlock forest.
Belliveau Lake Digby County IBP Proposed Ecological Site A habitat for studying the Sweet Pepperbush.
Big Pine Lake Digby County Provincial Park Reserve A representative old pine forest.
Brier Island Digby County IBP Proposed Ecological Site Many rare plants and stop-over for birds during their migration.
Cape St. Mary's Digby County International Biological Program An example of a typical saltwater marsh and sand dune ecosystem.
Grosses Coques Digby County IBP Proposed Ecological Site A typical saltwater marsh ecosystem.
Hectanooga Digby County IBP Proposed Ecological Site Largest known stand of White Cedar in Nova Scotia.
Placid Lake Digby County IBP Proposed Ecological Site Old growth hemlock stand and a characteristic floodplain for this region.
Sporting lake Nature Reserve Digby County IBP Proposed Ecological Site Old growth Hemlock and Pine forest stands. Tress exceeding 32 in. in diameter.
Ventral Bog, Long Island Digby County IBP Proposed Ecological Site A bog with distinct populations of plants.
Cloud Lake Annapolis County Nova Scotia Protected Area Strategy Outstanding wetland and glacial feature complex.
Tobeatic Digby County Nova Scotia Protected Area Strategy Headwaters for 9 major river Systems. Undisturbed wildlife habitat.
McGill Lake Annapolis County Nova Scotia Protected Area Strategy 192 hectare wetland.

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