06/06/2012 11:38 EDT | Updated 08/06/2012 05:12 EDT

Nova Scotia names two new wilderness areas, increasing number of protected lands

AMHERST, N.S. - Nova Scotia has designated two regions in Cumberland County as wilderness areas, helping the province with its goal of protecting more land.

Kelley River and Raven Head are the province's newest wilderness areas.

Local NDP member Brian Skabar says the designation will preserve important watersheds and habitat for a small population of endangered mainland moose.

Twenty-three additions are also being made to nine existing wilderness areas.

The new protected lands bring the province to 9.4 per cent of its goal to legally protect 12 per cent of lands by 2015.