New study of Woodens Watershed now available

Students at NSCC examined samples from several areas in the Woodens River Watershed and examined the link between microplastics and macroinvertebrates (animals that lack a spine and can be seen with the naked eye, e.g. bugs).

Their study hypothesises that the more microplastics detected then the fewer will be the macroinvertebrates that are not of the heartiest sort.

Laura Struthers and Logan Hunter wrote the report and kindly gave us permission to put it up on our web site: SEDIMENT ANALYSIS OF THE WOODENS RIVER WATERSHED: Microplastic Pollution and Macroinvertebrate Health 


April 12, 2018: Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes Regional Park Citizen’s Meeting

“All are invited to a public meeting on April 12th for updates and information on park progress. We will also explore interest in forming a citizen’s group, such as a “Friends of Blue Mountain” group, to speak up for creation of the promised park and collaborate with the municipality and other levels of government.
Please come to St. Peter’s Anglican Church Hall from 7-9pm on Thursday, April 12th.
There will be a formal presentation at 7:15, and opportunity for questions and public comments at 8pm.”
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WRWEO’s 2018 AGM – March 29, 2018, Invite and Documents

Hello WRWEO members and friends ,

You are cordially invited to our 2018 annual general meeting.  It will be held in the BMO community room on the second floor of the Halifax Central Library on March 29th, 2018. Registration will begin at 5:30pm, the meeting starts at 6:00pm and will conclude at 8:30pm.


Our theme this year is “It Takes a Village to Steward a Forest,” so along with electing this year’s board and doing an overview of WRWEO’s activities we will also be covering the highlights of the Bluff Trail Stewardship Program. You will notice we chose to say “Forest” instead of “Trail,” at WRWEO we aim to create a sustainable balance between community and ecology. With that in mind a major focus of the BTSP is to reduce the human impacts on the forest ecology so that we, the community, can continue to enjoy the Bluff trail for generations.


The BTSP still has a ways to go before it is a self sustaining program so if you would like to know more come on out the the AGM.


We also advise that you eat dinner first but not dessert because there will be snacks!


AGM 2018 DRAFT Agenda

AGM 2017 Minutes to be approved

Full Bluff Trail Stewardship Report, 2017

2018 AGM Co-Chair’s report

WRWEO Financial Statements 2017

Bluff Trail Stewardship Program work day and training – Sunday Feb 25, 2018 at 9:30 AM

On Sunday, February 25th we will be hosting our monthly Volunteer Work Day and Trail Steward Training Session.

Would you like to learn how to give back to the trail and to reduce your ecological impact whilst using it? If so, you should consider becoming a designated Bluff Trail Steward. The trail needs your help!

We invite you to attend this volunteer work day and training session to become a designated Bluff Trail Steward or to contribute to our trail infrastructure and impact reduction work on the trail.

At the core of the Bluff Trail Stewardship Program are the volunteer ‘Bluff Trail Stewards’; those who have been equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to help advise other trail users in aspects of best-practice trail stewardship and to work on the trail to re-mediate human harms.

To learn more about the Bluff Trail Stewardship Program follow this link:…/the…/the-bluff-trail-stewardship-program/

As you may have heard, WRWEO has teamed up with the St. Margaret’s Bay Stewardship Association to create “The Bluff Trail Stewardship Program”! In our second year of the program, we will work even harder to look after the trail our goals of reducing the harmful human impacts that are currently affecting the trail at an unsustainable rate. This goal will largely be achieved through user engagement and education through volunteer Trail Stewards.

If you are interested in becoming a Bluff Trail Steward then contact

Or check out our event on Facebook:

See you on-trail!

Richmond Campbell & Sue Sherwin: the state of our forests impacts health and environment

In a submission to the Independent Review of Forestry Practices in Nova Scotia, Richmond Campbell and Sue Sherwin suggest that three key policy documents – (1) Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act (EGSPA, 2007, amended 2012), (2) A Natural Balance (2010), and (3) A New Regulatory Framework for Low-Impact/High-Value Aquaculture in Nova Scotia (2014) – lay out a sound moral foundation for Nova Scotia to follow in developing policy for managing our natural resources in ways that are likely to benefit Nova Scotians for many decades to come.

The text for the dedication of The Bluff Trail written by Richmond Campbell in 2005
In 1995, with Susan’s encouragement, Richmond co-founded the Woodens River Watershed Environmental Organization that, among other projects, built The Bluff Wilderness Hiking Trail that opened in 2005. They are both retired members of the Philosophy Department at Dalhousie.
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Looking for responses to a request for proposals (RFP) for Trail Work on the Bluff Trail

Are you interested in submitting bids on work in the back country on the Bluff Wilderness Hiking Trail?

Work to be completed –

  • RFP #1 – side of trail brush cutting & dead fall removal,

You must have liability insurance, Workers Compensation coverage and follow Halifax’s Occupational Health and Safety guidelines.

Please get in touch with WRWEO to get copies of our RFP for this season – contact us at 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.


Bluff Trail Stewardship Program – Update and Monthly Reports

Thanks to all donors for your support of the Bluff Trail Stewardship Program (BTSP). Your donations are really helping us make a difference – of the first 212 days of the BTSP (January 1 to July 31, 2017) we have had trail stewards on trail for 56 of those days (26%), and they have spent 830 hours on trail.
Our Stewardship Coordinator, Mike Lancaster, and Stewardship Assistant, Fiona Brooks, deserve lots of kudos and have trained 26 volunteer stewards to date. That has allowed us to talk to over 607 people about how they can help protect the Bluff Trail and steward it into the future. It has also helped us remediate and repair the trail by building barriers to trail spurs and braids, hardening the trail with found stone, remediating fire pits, and inspecting our Leave-No-Trace educational sites. 
I also want to thank Kimberly Berry, a WRWEO volunteer, who is the WRWEO Board’s liaison with the BTSP and has dedicated a lot of time to raising funds and ensuring the success of the BTSP.
Below are the monthly reports summarizing the BTSP activities and results:

Goodwill Bot – fundraiser for the Bluff Trail

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