In 2019, a landowner in Nova Scotia started reclaiming eroded beach located in a critical habitat for piping plovers, effectively blocking safe access by everyone to the beach. The Black Point Beach Preservation Society was formed by passionate beachgoers and environmentalists to challenge the construction of a rock wall and lodge a complaint with the relevant Departments of Nova Scotia.
The responses by the Department of Lands and Forestry were confounding: Essentially, you may reclaim land washed to sea if it once belonged to you. This means that Canadians and Nova Scotians lose beach access. It also means that the protection of the critically endangered piping plovers living and breeding on the beach has not been considered. The response by the government sets a dangerous precedent, which we feel needs to be reviewed by the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia.
The objectives of the Black Point Beach Preservation Society are to preserve and protect the natural habitat of James Beach in Black Point, Pictou County, Nova Scotia. This includes the critical habitat for piping plovers. The society also aims to preserve safe and uninhibited community access to and enjoyment of James Beach.
The fundraising campaign is to initially support the costs of a judicial review through the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia. It is to challenge a decision by the Nova Scotia Minister of Lands and Forestry asserting that construction on and the reclamation of lost land below the Ordinary High-Water Mark (OHWM) are allowed in Nova Scotia after storm events.
Regardless of the outcome of the judicial review, any unused funds will be used to further the objectives of the James Beach Preservation Society.
Link to the Facebook group
- Jennifer Lee
- Loel Campbell
- Peter & Corinne Edwards / Larkin
- Harrison Keenan
- Bernadine Kirk
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