WRWEO / The Bluff Wilderness Hiking Trail
Annual General Meeting
30 March 2017
BMO Community Room, 2nd Floor, Halifax Central Library
We will be serving a sweet treat at the end of the meeting, but will not be serving beverages. Please feel free to bring a travel mug and purchase your own beverage prior to the meeting. Travel mugs are permitted in the meeting room.
In an effort to reduce consumption, printed copies of the following reports will NOT be provided at the AGM. You may wish to review the reports prior to the meeting and make your own decision about what items you need to print.
A draft of the Halifax Green Network Planning and Implementation Strategy and “Plan Primer” have been released by HRM and go to Regional Council today (March 23, 2017) to be approved for upcoming public consultations. It is expected those consultations will take place in April. The Primer provides a good overview of the Green Network plan, with lots of maps. It’s recommended reading!
The Five Bridges Wilderness Heritage Trust (“the Trust”) is a volunteer community organization dedicated to protecting and enhancing the environment and conducting research, promoting recreation, and educating the public relative to the Five Bridge Lakes Wilderness Area (“FBLWA”).
The Trust wishes to promote local volunteer initiatives by making funds raised through the Bay Treasure Chest available to support projects that are consistent with the Trust’s goals and objectives. The theme of this round of grant applications is “Trails Development.”
Application Deadline: April 1, 2017
Detailed information and application instructions can be found on the Trust’s web site: http://fivebridgestrust.ca/wp/
The Woodens River Watershed Environmental Organization (WRWEO) and The Bluff Wilderness Hiking Trail need your help to ensure that the Bluff Trail can continue as a favourite destination for naturalists and outdoor adventurers.
Please make a donation today.
Donations can be made by a cheque written to: St. Margaret’s Bay Stewardship Association and mailed to WRWEO 3650 Hammonds Plains Road, Suite 14, Unit 300, Upper Tantallon, Nova Scotia B3Z 4R3 or online through the Canada Helps portal on the Heart of the Bay website (http://www.heartofthebay.ca/donate) – select: Bluff Trail as the fund you wish to support. Thank you!
The large volume of visitors to the Bluff Trail has resulted in a disturbing increase in the amount and degree of harmful human impacts on the trail, such as: increased garbage including toilet paper, illegal fire pits, cutting of live and dead trees, destruction of lichens and small plants, as well as the widening and braiding of trails.
WRWEO, with the support of Nova Scotia Environment, will collaborate with the St. Margaret’s Bay Stewardship Association to initiate The Bluff Trail Stewardship Program (BTSP). Under the direction of a Stewardship Coordinator, volunteer trail stewards will help trail users learn more about caring for and maintaining the trail and help improve their Leave No Trace (LNT) practices while on the trail.
The creation and management of The Bluff Trail Stewardship Program requires funding that is not available to WRWEO through our usual funding sources. This is why we are asking you to contribute.
We had some volunteers working on The Bluff Wilderness Hiking Trail on Saturday Nov 12, 2016. We had 9 people sign up and 5 people show up but we managed to address seven areas where the trail was braiding and we also fixed 3 meters of wet area by hardening it with found stone. Thanks to our great volunteers (but we want to remind everyone that the Bluff Trail is maintained by all users).
Click image to see Google Photos Album of the work – or click here.
There could be hunting in the area around the Bluff Trail on Saturday and Sunday October 29th and 30th, 2016 as well as Saturday and Sunday Nov. 5th and 6th, 2016. Hunting season is open until the first Saturday in December (Dec. 3rd, 2016) – please wear hunter orange when using the trail.
WRWEO encourages all trail users to say “hello” to the friendly Conservation Officers you may meet on the trail.
Since August, Conservation Officers from Nova Scotia Environment (NSE) have been making extra visits to the Bluff Wilderness Hiking Trail to help ensure that we use the trail safely.
Remember: ONLY Leave No Trace (LNT) bowl fires and camp stoves (NOT traditional campfires) are permitted on the trail. Also, camping is generally discouraged and ONLY permitted at the designated LNT educational sites.
A set of web pages provides an overview of the landscapes of the FBLWA from a natural history perspective. This initial version is not very mobile-friendly, and should be viewed on a laptop or desktop computer. View
– David P