The Québec government has completed all legal and administrative steps to officially establish this park, the 26th in Québec’s national park network,which will generate over $40 M in investments in Témiscamingue over the coming years andcreate some 30 new jobs.
Opémican National Park occupies an area of 252.5 km2.. Environmentally speaking, this park helps achieve the objectives of the network of protected areas, particularly in southern Québec. It also supports the protection of part of the shores of Lac Témiscamingue and Lac Kipawa, Rivière Kipawa, several lakes, streams and wetlands, old-growth pine forests and various plant and wildlife species, including the Peregrine Falcon, a vulnerable species that nests in the territory.
Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Kevin Doherty announced the official proclamation of Great Blue Heron Provincial Park this morning. In addition to being the first new provincial park to open in nearly 20 years, it is Saskatchewan’s 35th provincial park. The park – located north of Prince Albert – encompasses Anglin and Emma Lake recreation sites and surrounding crown land, contains nearly 300 campsites and protects 11,168 hectares.
Saskatchewan has designated a new protected area nearly two-thirds the size of Prince Edward Island.
The Pink Lake Representative Area Ecological Reserve, located 160 kilometres north of La Ronge, is now Saskatchewan’s largest provincially-designated protected area of approximately 3,660 square kilometres. Compared to all other protected lands in the province, only Prince Albert National Park is larger at 3,874 square kilometres.
Caroline Grego, University of British Columbia, “Creating New National Parks, Forging New Conservation Communities: A case study of the proposed South Okangan – Lower Similkameen National Park Reserve”
Claire DeLong, Lakehead University, “Identification of Barriers Faced by Latent Immigrant Users: Increasing Opportunities for Outdoor Recreation Participation in Rouge National Urban Park”
Nova Scotians are invited to define how the province’s natural spaces are managed and protected. The draft parks and protected areas plan was released by Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker and Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage MLA Becky Kent, on behalf of Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau.