A public meeting set for next week is raising hopes that progress could soon be made on a new regional wilderness park.

HRM adopted a plan to create the Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes regional park five years ago, but still hasn’t acquired any land.

A biologist with the Canadian Park and Wilderness Society tells the Herald, boundary maps for the park have been posted on HRM’s website and in combination with the public meeting, it suggests renewed interest on the city’s part.

Chris Miller says the importance of protecting the heavily wooded area, between Hammonds Plains and the Bayers Lake business park, is increasing as more and more suburbs are built.
 
He says it’s high time for action, and is urging the public to come the meeting to show their support.

The meeting will include a staff presentation and question and answer session. It’s set for 7 p.m. on May 31 at St. Peter’s Church Hall on Dakin Drive.