Call for applications: Five Bridges Wilderness Heritage Trust Environmental Stewardship Grants

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:

Grant poster, 2017

Tuesday, September 6th at 10AM at City Hall: BMBCL

Your help is needed to protect what could be the largest urban park in all of Canada. The long-promised but yet-to-be-delivered Blue Mountain Birch Cove Regional Park is under threat. It could be a mini-Keji for Halifax, but a terrible report from an independent facilitator, released in June, is recommending that a massive urban sprawl development be allowed inside the core of the future park. Immediately following the release of the flawed Independent Facilitator’s Report, Councillor Reg Rankin quickly put forward a very bad three-part motion for council to debate and a vote on. After several delays his motion comes up for the big vote at Council this Tuesday, Sept. 6th. Read more

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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Your Fall Foliage Contest winners

Ed. Apologies to Willard Larkin, the first and fifth place winner, whose pictures were misattributed, and now have been correctly attributed to him.

The votes are in, and the Bluff Trail Fall Foliage Contest is over! Thanks, everyone, for participating: entrants, judges, and donors alike, and especially to Tim McGee for organizing the event. The top three winners and their photos are as follows:

Nature is ... the ultimate artist, by Willard Larkin
Nature is … the ultimate artist, by Willard Larkin
Untitled, by Henry Rojo
Untitled, by Henry Rojo
Rhodora and Granite, by Mimmi Henriksen (at Cranberry Lake)
Rhodora and Granite, by Mimmi Henriksen (at Cranberry Lake)

See the Contest page for the complete list of winners, the winning photos, and the prizes they received.

Become a trail warden

The Halifax Regional Trails Association (HRTA) is holding a Training Workshop for Trail Patrol Wardens on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at the Lakeside Community Centre, 1942 St. Margaret’s Bay Road, Lakeside beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Work as a volunteer Trail Patrol Warden provides an opportunity to become an ambassador of goodwill while you use your local trail for your own health, wellness, and enjoyment. Wearing a brightly coloured vest takes no extra effort, and greeting other trail users is an enjoyable experience.

Wardens provide a variety of benefits to trail users. More specifically, they provide

  • an active “trail watch” program,
  • reassurance to other trail users by their visible presence,
  • a positive example of volunteerism in their community,
  • friendly conversation with other trail users,
  • information about trail etiquette, rules, laws, and safe practices,
  • information about distances, travel times, and access to amenities,
  • reports on issues on the trail that require attention,
  • communication with with enforcement officials if required,
  • excellent public relations for their sponsoring organization,
  • opportunities to recruit other volunteers,
  • assistance with event management,
  • occasional assistance with mechanical breakdowns, and
  • occasional first aid if required.

To become a trail warden, you must

  • be nominated by a member organization of HRTA,
  • be of good character,
  • be willing to spend time on your trail on a reasonably regular basis,
  • complete a training workshop, and
  • be certified.

For further information, or to put forward your name as a candidate for the December 2 workshop, please contact Tom Musial, BLT R2T Association,

Help a Trail – McIntosh Run Maintenance

If you’d like to help a trail, the McIntosh Run Watershed Association is inviting the community to help trim brush, Saturday, September 19th, 9:30 – 11:30 am.

We’ll be meeting at the Drysdale Road bridge, beside the Spryfield Lion’s Rink. If you have work gloves and branch-cutting tools please bring them along. No power tools please! We do have some extra tools and gloves, so please come even if you don’t have any.