Colin Stewart Conservation Award

We are very proud that one of our own, David Patriquin, was presented the Colin Stewart Conservation Award on Thursday, April 7, 2016 at the Museum of Natural History on behalf of Halifax Field Naturalists. Here are Richmond Campbell’s comments from the presentation:

I am humbled to present the Colin Stewart Conservation Award to a truly innovative and indeed transformative conservationist: David Patriquin. Many of us already know him well and know how deserving he is of this recognition. But we know also how modest he is, and for that reason most of us still don’t know more than a small part of all that he has contributed to conservation locally, regionally, and province wide. To give the broad picture (and to keep this presentation within six minutes) I have divided his accomplishments into three categories.

The first category is his unremunerated conservation effort toward Protection of the Five Bridge Lakes Wilderness Area under the NS Wilderness Areas Protection Act, achieved in October 2011 in no small part due to Dave’s giving the scientific basis for protection. In the words of Peter Labor, Director, Protected Areas & Ecosystems Branch, NS Environment (letter of October 14, 2014):
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Halifax Green Network Plan Consultations: critical sessions coming up

We encourage everyone who values our green spaces to attend a session. NEW INFO (Apr 2): The maps and other info and opportunities for online comment will be available online on Monday April 4, 2016.

From www.halifax.ca/HalifaxGreenNetwork/EngagementEvents.php:

“The second phase of public engagement for the new Halifax Green Network Plan gets underway on Wednesday, March 30. This phase of work will be critical in shaping the core planning directions for the conservation and use of both public and privately-owned open space lands and waters.

“Over the next month [actually over 9 days] the municipality and consultants from O2 Planning + Design will host eight public engagement meetings. Each session will begin with a presentation of the work to date, key findings and proposed broad-scale planning directions. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and an open house session to gather further feedback. This input will then shape the third and final phase of the Plan’s development, which will commence later this spring.

“We hope you can join us at one or more of the following sessions:

“Fall River – Sackville
Wednesday, March 30, 6 – 9 p.m.
Gordon R. Snow Community Centre, 1359 Fall River Rd.

“Halifax Peninsula
Thursday, March 31, 6 – 9 p.m.
Atlantica Hotel, 1980 Robie St.

Tantallon – St. Margaret’s Bay
Friday, April 1, 5 – 8 p.m.
Estabrooks Community Hall, 4408 St. Margaret’s Bay Rd.
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Thursday March 31: WRWEO AGM & Discussion of our impacts on The Bluff Trail

Our Annual General Meeting for 2016 will be held on Thursday March 31, from 6-8 p.m. (6:00 for registration) at the Central Public Library, BMO Community Room (201).

We have now established a category for groups and associations to join as members for $10 annually and have reduced the cost of individual memberships. You can now renew your membership online at:

Memberships/Donations

This year, in addition to reporting on WRWEO business from 2015 and electing a new board of directors, our AGM will be focused on how to deal with the growing problem of harmful human impacts on the Bluff Trail. Why do we hurt the trail that we love? It should be a good and lively conversation and we look forward to a good discussion.

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Five Bridges Trust Annual General Meeting, Sunday, March 20, 2016

Five Bridges Trust Annual General Meeting, Sunday, March 20,2016

The AGM fot the Five Bridges Wilderness Heritage Trust (FBWHT) will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, March 20, 2016 at the Estabrooks Centre, 4408 St .Margaret’s Bay Road, Lewis Lake. Board members will be reporting on activities in 2015 and will share plans for projects in 2016 and beyond.

Kent Martin will give a short film presentation featuring some of his work in creating a film about the Five Bridge Lakes Wilderness Area and environs.

The title of our Guest Speaker’s presentation is “FBWHT at a Crossroads”
Founding President Tom Musial will review the past 15 years of FBWHT activities and put the question to the membership, “Where do we go from here?” The Trust invites you to join them for discussion as they plan their way forward.

The doors will be open at 1:30 p.m. for those who wish to become members of the Trust or to renew their memberships for 2016, membership is $10.00 a year for a single membership, $15.00 for a Family membership and $100 for a Lifetime membership.

All are Welcome!!

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Petition against biomass for electricity

biomassA petition: “Premier Stephen McNeil: Stop destroying Nova Scotia’s forest for biomass power generation” was posted a few days ago. The petition already has the support of almost 500 people. The more support there is, the more the policy makers will listen. You can read more and, as you wish, sign the petition here:

https://www.change.org/p/premier-stephen-mcneil-stop-destroying-nova-scotia-s-forest-for-biomass-power-generation?recruiter=110029095&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=share_email_responsive

We thank St. Margaret’s Bay resident and Bluff Trail user Helga Guderley for starting the petition.

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New Murals on BLT overpass

Mural by Blackbook Collective Art and Clothing
Murals by Blackbook Collective Art and Clothing. (Photo by David P)
Bluff Trail hikers would not have missed the magnificent new murals on the highway 103 overpass as you approach the trailhead for The Bluff Trail. From the BLT newsletter: “Some of you may have noticed something new on the trail ­ a beautiful new mural on the highway 103 overpass. How did this project come about? Continue reading “New Murals on BLT overpass”

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Micou’s Island Trail Stewardship Day

Our friends and neighbours at St. Margaret’s Bay Stewardship Association are holding a stewardship day for Micou’s Island Trail on Saturday, January 23rd, from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm. If you’ve been eager to do some volunteer work on one of our region’s trails, then don your work clothes, grab your tools, and get over there to help!

Micou's Island

Hi folks!

Mike Lancaster from the St. Margaret’s Bay Stewardship Association here. I hope that your 2016 has got off to a good start!

In the coming year we will be establishing some new trails as well as adjusting some existing ones. The reasoning behind this shift is to reduce the impact of erosion along the edges of Micou’s Island and to direct the trail away from some more sensitive features of the island’s ecology and cultural history.

As the wind and water scoop out more and more of Micou’s shoreline the island’s circumnavigation trail gets closer to this edge. Those of you who have been walking it for years know first-hand just how quick this process is! Therefore, we would like to do what we can to mitigate our human impact on the acceleration of this force.

This Stewardship activity will take place on Saturday, January 23rd from 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm.

Please bring:

  • weather appropriate clothing and PPE
  • sturdy gloves hand shears/pruners
  • pruning/hand saws
  • bow saws

Hope to see you on island!

Regards,

Mike Lancaster
Island Stewardship Coordinator
St. Margaret’s Bay Stewardship Association

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Landfill height will NOT increase

WRWEO/The Bluff Trail folks have expressed concerns about the proposal to lengthen the life of the Otter lake Landfill but increasing the height of the cells by 15 m. Apparently HRM has now withdrawn the application to the NS dept of Environment for permission to increase the height after a new assessment indicated the life of the landfill can still be extended without increasing the height.

“…Halifax regional council has approved a new waste management agreement for the Otter Lake landfill, but there are scant public details on the amended deal.

“…What is known is that the new terms will allow the city to pull its application with the Nova Scotia Environment Department for a 140,000-tonne vertical expansion of Cell 6 of the facility. The municipality had looked at opening up the sealed-off garbage cell in order to increase its height by up to 15 metres.
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