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Sandy Lake – Sackville River Regional Park: Will We Choose Nature?

February 23, 2021 @ 7:00 pm 8:00 pm

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/158796476053268

Globally, biodiversity is in crisis in large part due to conversion of wild habitat. Locally, we make choices about which natural areas stay, and which ones get paved over. The proposed Sandy Lake – Sackville River Regional Park (in Halifax) is at this crossroad. This area has been proposed for protection for 50 years… and its fate may be sealed in 2021, depending on the choices we make. In this talk, Karen McKendry will share the story of Sandy Lake and Sackville River as a microcosm of the global forces that point us to the areas that must stay intact to survive, yet pull us towards continuing our consumption of the landscape.

Karen McKendry spent her childhood exploring the woods and waters of Ontario and Quebec. Her passion for the environment, paired with a lot of hard work, has earned her a BSc. in Ecology, and Masters of Environmental Studies. Since moving to Nova Scotia in 2005, Karen has worked as a conservation planner and biologist, and environmental advocate. With Ecology Action Centre she tackles Wilderness-related issues, which includes advocating for better protection of our biodiversity through the creation of parks and protected areas, education, and other means. She engages with HRM staff and council on proposed developments, regional plans, and parks.

Join us on Zoom or submit your questions in the chat on Facebook Live.

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This virtual event is taking place in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq people.