Our September 2017 report is now available on the BTSP page – it outlines the work that the BTSP has accomplished in September and since January 2017.
Check it out and email email@example.com if you have any questions or concerns.
Goodwill Bot event at the Good Robot Brewing Company – Fundraiser for the Bluff Trail Stewardship Program
Where – 2736 Robie St, Halifax, NS B3K 4P2
When – Monday August 21, 2017 from 12 noon until closing (our volunteers will be there from 4pm onwards to talk about the trail and how you can help!)
Why – One dollar from beer purchases will go to the stewardship of the Bluff Trail
Update – we raised $498 and had 8 new members signed up, thanks Good Robot
Are you interested in submitting bids on work in the back country on the Bluff Wilderness Hiking Trail?
Work to be completed –
You must have Workers Compensation coverage and follow Halifax’s Occupational Health and Safety guidelines.
Please get in touch with WRWEO to get copies of our two RFPs for this season – contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 902-876-7377.
WRWEO receives financial support for maintenance from Halifax.
WRWEO recognizes the support of the Province of Nova Scotia. We are pleased to work in partnership with the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage to develop and promote our cultural resources for all Nova Scotians.
On this hot, bright mid-June day, we (David P and Kai) counted the number of lady’s slipper orchids that could be seen from the trail between the trailhead and the Pot Lake junction. I counted one side going in, Kai the other and we switched on the way back giving two independent counts for both sides of the trail. As in 2015 and 2016, Kai (now 15) viewed far more than David P (“a senior”)
Here are the numbers from today and from 2014, 2015 and 2016.
June 13, 2017: 135 (Dave) 336 (Kai)
Lady’s Slipper orchids abound on the Bluff Trail (2016) : 434 (Kai)
Orchid Counts 2015: Good News!: 147 (Dave) 262 (Kai)
Mid-June Wildflowers on The Bluff Trail (2014): 133 (Dave)
So… Kai’s number was down a bit from last year, but above his count for 2015. Overall, the lady’s slipper orchids appear to be doing quite OK, which is welcome news given that use of the trail increased greatly over the last 2 years. Other native species were doing just fine as well, some shown in the photo panel at top.
Another welcome result: No exotic plant species were observed, although there are many on the BLT. Together, these indicators suggest that the Ecological Integrity on this busiest section of The Bluff Trail is being maintained.
Also, no garbage and no fire pits for which we can thank the many volunteers, and the hikers!
Check out the video of a hike on the Bluff Trail in April 2017.
The Halifax Regional Municipality is conducting the third and final phase of public engagement for the Halifax Green Network Plan, a decision-making framework for the conservation of a region-wide network of open space. A number of planning and implementation directions have been drafted using public input and study results from the earlier phases of work and are contained in the Halifax Green Network Plan Primer Report.
Public engagement for this phase will occur in a series of public meetings across HRM from May 15 to June 12, 2017. The most convenient session for most Backland folks will be May 16 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Atlantica Hotel Halifax (Guild Hall) 1980 Robie Street.
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.
WRWEO Financial Statements 2016 – for 2017 AGM
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!