New Trail surface

There is a new surface on some of the trail from Old Sambro Rd to the end of the parking lot. This section was done last week. It’s very nice and smooth and quite to walk on. hopefully we can get the rest of it finished the same way.

Long Lake Park – Phase 2

Here is an update to this post, we are posting before and after photos to see how much safer the pump house area will be.

Before the start of Phase 2, the old pump house foundation and steel grate is still in place.

Before the start of Phase 2, the old pump house foundation and steel grate is still in place.

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With the old foundation and frates gone, pathways lead to a boat launch.

Long Lake Park's phase 2 access is now underway, the old pumphouse site off of Old Sambro Road has seen the parking lot resurfaced and the old concrete pumphouse base has been replaced with a boat launch and pathways.

Long Lake Park’s phase 2 access is now underway, the old pumphouse site off of Old Sambro Road has seen the parking lot resurfaced and the old concrete pumphouse base has been replaced with a boat launch and pathways.

Before the start of Phase 2, the old pump house foundation and steel grate is still in place. Pump house Point, Long Lake Park, Aug 2016

Before the start of Phase 2, the old pump house foundation and steel grate is still in place.
Pump house Point, Long Lake Park, Aug 2016

Long Lake Park – Fall Walk

Withrod lake on a sunny fall day, a perfect place for a walk.

Withrod lake on a sunny fall day, a perfect place for a walk.

The leaves along the trail are getting that fall look to them.

The leaves along the trail are getting that fall look to them.

Long Lake park is looking great in it's fall colors.

Long Lake park is looking great in it’s fall colors.

Had a nice walk at Long Lake Park on Wednesday, the leaves are looking good this fall.

 

New 379-Acre Urban Wilderness Park Proposed for Halifax

 

Nature Conservancy of Canada Proposes Urban Wilderness Park for Halifax

Halifax, NS (August 25, 2016) – The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) in partnership with the Shaw Group, is proposing a large new urban wilderness park for Halifax, within 5 kilometers of the downtown core.  The proposal would see 153 hectares (379 acres) of mixed forest and granite barrens surrounding Williams and Colpitts Lakes conserved for both recreation and wildlife habitat.  The area would provide opportunities for swimming, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding, trail running, cycling, birding, and outdoor education.  The site is easily accessed by foot, car and Metro Transit, which would make it a “backyard wilderness” for the 400,000 residents of HRM.

The property, which is almost twice the size of Point Pleasant Park, is currently owned by the Shaw Group, and is one of the last remaining undeveloped areas of Halifax. The Nature Conservancy of Canada approached the Shaw Group in 2015 to initiate discussions about protecting the land.  NCC and Shaw Group submitted a joint proposal for an urban wilderness park to City Council in April 2016, which is under consideration.

The area surrounding Williams and Colpitts Lakes was highlighted in Halifax’s Green Network Plan as one of the top three areas for urban protection, and the urban wilderness proposal is supported by the Backlands Coalition, a grassroots conservation group.  The area is home to a unique and sensitive ecosystem—the jackpine and crowberry plant community—and supports more than forty species of birds.

Quotes:

“The Williams Lake area is a diamond on our doorstep.  We have a chance to preserve a unique ecosystem, as well as 5 kilometres of lakeshore that provides unparalleled nature-based recreational and educational opportunities within the urban core.  It would be a tremendous asset to the residents of Halifax as well as an attraction to visitors.”

-Craig Smith, Nova Scotia Program Director, Nature Conservancy of Canada

 

Facts:

 

  • The jackpine and crowberry plant community found in one section of the site is uncommon in Nova Scotia and virtually non-existent anywhere else in North America; it would need to be conserved as a low-use zone;
  • More than half of the area features a diverse, mixed-age forest with older hemlocks and white pine that could support trails and recreational activities;
  • More than 40 species of birds have been found in the area, including the threatened Common Nighthawk;
  • The proposed urban wilderness park would be jointly managed by HRM and NCC to ensure conservation values are protected.http://www.urbanwildernessparkhfx.ca/About:
  • The Nature Conservancy of Canada is the nation’s leading land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962, NCC and its partners have helped to protect more than 1.1 million hectares (2.8 million acres), coast to coast. The Nature Conservancy of Canada has helped to conserve more than 28,000 hectares (over 69,000 acres), in the Atlantic provinces. 

N.S. Woods & Trails still closed

NATURAL RESOURCES–Travel Restrictions Lifted for Cape Breton


 

Restrictions on travel and activities within the woods announced last week have been lifted for Cape Breton. The restrictions remain in place for Mainland Nova Scotia until further notice.

 Conditions in Cape Breton are less dry than the mainland.

“We appreciate everyone’s co-operation while these restrictions are in place. Firefighters have made significant progress. As well, there are fewer new fires starting,” said Natural Resources Minister Lloyd Hines.

Firefighters continue to work on extinguishing fires at Ten Mile Lake, Annapolis Co., Maitland Bridge, Annapolis Co., Seven Mile Lake, Queens Co., and Perch Lake, Pictou Co. All four fires are now 100 per cent contained.

Along with the province lifting these restrictions for Cape Breton, Parks Canada will also remove its restrictions in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.The province will continue to provide updates, which can be found at www.novascotia.ca/nsfire .