Richmond Campbell, WRWEO Co-founder and for many years its chair or co-chair and a driving force behind building of the The Bluff Trail is not happy about the proposed development of part of the Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes watershed. “What they propose would create an urban sprawl extending into the proposed regional parkland that would
(1) permanently damage the ecological value of the legally protected wilderness land within the watershed and original park boundaries; and
(2) render impossible implementation of the original vision of a regional wilderness park situated within Halifax that would be, as a city park that is adjacent to the urban core, unprecedented in size, beauty, and ecological integrity anywhere in Canada.” Richmond had agreed to our posting his letter to Mayor Savage and Members of Regional Council in which he elaborates on these points. View letter
Over 300 people, young and old, attended the public meeting for the Facilitator’s Report on the Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes Regional Park; the room accommodated less than 200. No questions or discussion were allowed and the microphone was turned off when participants attempted to hold their own discussions after presentations by the Facilitator, HRM and a developer. An audio of the meeting is available here.
The developer’s slides did not show the hardscaping (shown in map at left) that would occur under their plan. Under the original concept of the Regional Park, there would be a core wilderness area, with a outdoor recreation-oriented park providing a buffer outside of the wilderness area as well as access to the core wilderness area. HRM committed to purchasing private lands as necessary for the latter. The core wilderness area is now a Wilderness Protected Area set up by the province in 2009 on this understanding. Under the developers’ plan, hardscape would abut directly on the protected wilderness area. It would enclose a large portion of the Keji-like lakes. The watershed would be heavily impacted and we would lose a priceless asset and a lot of what makes Halifax such an attractive place to live and work.
The Blue Mt Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area is a sister wilderness to the Five Bridge Lakes Wilderness Area, and like the FBLWA, it’s worth fighting for. Please see the See EAC document and the facilitator’s report (and/or listen to the audio) and send your comments to Regional Council by 3 pm Monday July 4 – see HRM page.
Counts of flowering Lady’s Slipper orchids were up again, and lots else was in flower yesterday. The orchid count by Kai was 434, versus 262 in 2015. (See Orchid count 2015). There was lots else in bloom (or in fruit). Can you ID the flowers (or fruit) in the photos? (Click on pic at left for a larger version.)
From Our HRM Alliance: In 2014, a facilitator was hired to negotiate the boundaries of the Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area. Shockingly, the facilitator’s report (just released) proposes the exact site plan the developers asked for in 2007. This negotiation has been a complete failure. You can read the flawed report here. If you do not want to see Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes developed, come to the public information meeting Monday, June 20, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. at The Future Inns Aspin/Birch Room, 30 Fairfax Drive, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Halifax is taking written feedback on this report until July 4 at email@example.com. View Plant ID and details of orchid count
The Annual Warbler Walk organized by Five Bridges Wilderness Heritage Trust is led by well-known birder Hans Toom
When/where: Sunday, June 5 at the Jerry Lawrence Provincial Park, Lewis Lake.
Meet at 7 a.m.at the picnic area inside the Park .
Five Bridges Wilderness Heritage Trust invites you to attend its annual
May Fair in the Park on Sunday, May 29, 2016.
Join the Trust for children’s games, face painting, BBQ and a scavenger hunt lead by the Indian Point Young Naturalists. Children will have a chance to win prizes and tour fire trucks, while the grownups learn about the many community organizations working to enhance our community.
Where: Jerry Lawrence Park, Lewis Lake
When: May 29, 2016 from 12-3p.m.
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.
“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.
Thursday, March 31, 6 – 9 p.m.
Atlantica Hotel, 1980 Robie St.
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.
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.
A 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: