The province is buying more than 2,900 acres of land, and some of it is in Queens County.
The land is being set aside for protection.
Some of the land is being acquired through the Forestry Transition Land Acquisition Program, which allows the province to acquire viable surplus lands from forestry companies.
The province will purchase 150 acres of land in Queens County from Patrick J. Carville for $105,000. The land is adjacent to Thomas Raddall Provincial Park and Sandy Bay Round Lake, has high recreation potential, and is a known location of boreal felt lichen boreal felt lichen, which is listed under the Nova Scotia Endangered Species Act.
Another 260 acres will be purchased in Queens County from Donald C. and Bonnie L. Scott. The parcel has 1,600 feet of water frontage along the Port L'Hebert waterway, and access to the Atlantic Ocean. It will provide recreational opportunities and protect biodiversity and species at risk.
These land purchases are funded through the province's 2012-13 tangible capital assets plan.
Under the Forestry Transition Land Acquisition Program the province is also purchasing:
-- 965 acres of land in Inverness and Richmond counties from B.A. Fraser Lumber Limited and David Fraser and Catherine Coady-Fraser for $484,325.
-- 1,081 acres in Pictou and Antigonish counties from C and G Williams Bulldozing Limited and Mountain View Resources for $487,514.
-- 150 acres of land in Pictou County from Clement and Patricia DeYoung of DeYoung and Son's Logging for $101,750.