The Nova Scotia government announced plans today to protect 9,300 hectares of Crown land by creating six new nature reserves and expanding seven wilderness areas. As well, Environment Minister Timothy Halman says the province will spend $20 million to help private conservation groups acquire land for protection. Halman says the new nature reserves and expanded wilderness areas will help the province reach its goal of protecting 20 per cent of Nova Scotia’s land and water by 2030. The latest designations bring the amount of protected areas to 13 per cent. The minister says protected areas play an essential role in fighting climate change and help conserve the province’s biodiversity. …Halman made the announcement in Middle Sackville, N.S., near the Sackville River Wilderness Area, which received its designation in February 2021. It covers about 800 hectares of mature forests, wetlands, lakes and waterways.