Sandy Lake and Sackville River form a popular nature space on the edge of Halifax's urban centre. It's home to birds, bugs, animals, lichens and mosses, all nestled among some of Nova Scotia’s scant remaining old-growth forests. The rich biodiversity found at Sandy Lake has made it a beloved place to walk, hike, snowshoe, and swim. Sandy Lake is a headwater of the glorious Sackville River, where people gain hope from the restoration of salmon habitat led by local volunteers.
But time is running out for Sandy Lake and Sackville River.
Right now, just 1,000 acres of the area is protected. Unless we protect more land at Sandy Lake and Sackville River, we could lose the exceptional natural features that make this place a haven for people and wildlife.
Incompatible housing development threatens to take more from Sandy Lake than just land — it will impact the water quality in already-protected areas, and threaten beloved species that call the area home.
People who love to visit Sandy Lake and Sackville River will suffer, too. Suburban development in this area will contribute to traffic congestion and more algal blooms in Sandy Lake.
We still have time to come together and save Sandy Lake and Sackville River. Councillors have recently shown an interest in keeping this important wilderness area protected.
Send a message to HRM councillors now. Ask council to make sure Sandy Lake and Sackville River are protected.