Angevine Lake is the largest lake in Cumberland county, Nova Scotia and the closest to the Northumberland Strait. A portion of the land bordering the lake supports cottage development but most is owned by the province and a local lumber company. Fracking for natural gas, clearcutting for pulp wood and forestry pesticide spraying practises threaten this lake and there is now an opportunity to petition the Nova Scotia government to protect the abutting Crown Land under their 12 percent land protection target. Angevine Lake is representative of the Northumberland Lowlands landscape and thus far there is no land in this landscape type under protection.
Why protect Angevine Lake? This Lake and environs have proven to be exceptionally biodiverse as well as to be supporting a large number of rare species. For this reason it was categorized as being a "Tier 1" (first priority for future protection) property in the 2007 Colin Stewart Forest Report.
Angevine Lake has the highest documented biodiversity for herpetological species in the province (salamanders, frogs and snakes) and is the only crown owned site for the endangered Ram's Head Lady Slipper. It provides diverse habitat for bald eagles, loons, pileated woodpeckers, wood ducks, various owls, hermit thrush, black bear, deer among other birds and mammals. It also has a thriving population of odes (dragonflies and damselflies); three of which are known to be rare. In addition to the Ram's Head Lady Slipper, rare plants in the environs of the lake include hepatica, black ash, halberd leaved tearthumb, blue cohosh, yellow violet and a rare lichen (Collema leptaleum) among others. The old and near old growth forest surrounding the lake is some of the last remaining in the county. Please add your name to those wanting to protect this important habitat from future exploitation by the natural gas and pulp and paper industries.