Monday October 22, 2018: The Natural History of the Halifax Backlands

The Jack Pine-Broom Crowberry fire barrens
are nationally unique and globally rare.
Some of the best sites occur in the Backlands

A public lecture for SCANS (Seniors’ College Association of Nova Scotia) by David Patriquin on The Natural History of the Halifax Backlands 

Date and Time: ​October 22, 2018 – Monday, 1:30 – 3:30 pm

Place: Captain William Spry Community Centre

The “Backlands” is a Thomsonesque wilderness located only a few kilometers from peninsular Halifax. It includes nine lakes, spectacular views and dozens of informal hiking and biking trails. David will take us on a virtual tour through the area, describing what we see, discussing what makes it all work and explaining what is needed to sustain it.

View more details on SCANS website

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Wilderness through the Eyes of an Artist

Geoffrey Grantham: A Memorable Autumn

This Sunday, the Nature Conservancy of Canada is working with Geoffrey Grantham, a local impressionist artist who has long been painting the future Halifax Wilderness Park, to host an art-focused hike. We will be walking through the future Halifax Wilderness Park, exploring its vistas and uncommon landscape through art. Participants will have a chance to explore the surroundings through their own art – painting, sketching, or photography.

Additional information is found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1827940480575314/

To register for the event, follow this link: https://act.natureconservancy.ca/page/30623/data/1

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“Nova Scotia commits $1 million for Halifax wilderness park”

Nicole Munro in Chronicle Herald, Sep 20, 2018:

The province is contributing $1 million to a 154-hectare park, just minutes from downtown Halifax, that is planned to open in the fall of 2019.

“Not too long ago, this piece of land was potentially going to be developed,” said MLA Brendan Maguire, who made the announcement on Thursday. “It means a lot to be able to say we did this so the next generations after can experience it.”

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NCC – Williams Lake – Media Broll – 1080 from Mike Dembeck on Vimeo.

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Thurs Sep 20, 2018: Event for Proposed Halifax Wilderness Park

Thursday, September 20, 2018
Neptune Theatre, 1593 Argyle Street, Halifax
Doors open at 4:00 p.m | Presentation begins at 4:30 p.m.

Light refreshments will be provided and a cash bar is available.

Please join the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and partners, The Shaw Group, and HRM for the launch of our fundraising campaign for the Halifax Wilderness Park.

The site of the proposed Halifax Wilderness Park is mere minutes from downtown on Purcell’s Cove Road. With lakes for swimming, hiking trails to explore, and stunning panoramic views of the city, the property also contains rare forest and intact wildlife, including more than 40 species of breeding birds.

We’d love to tell you more about this community initative, so please join us at this event to learn more about this proposed wilderness park

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NCC Art in the Wilderness Sun Aug 26th, Halifax Wilderness Park campaign launch Thurs Sep 20, 2018

A few updates from NCC:

1) Our final event of the summer, Art in the Wilderness is happening next Sunday! There’s an opportunity to try painting with Renee Forrestall, nature crafts (great for kids and adults), and wilderness photography! (Facebook Event)

2) SAVE THE DATE (info below) for the Halifax Wilderness Park campaign launch!

Psssttt… The rumours are true: You can help Keep Halifax Wild!

— just minutes from downtown with lakes, hiking trails to explore, and panoramic views. The proposed site of the Halifax Wilderness Park also contains rare forest and intact wildlife habitat; including more than 40 species of breeding birds.

We’d love to tell you more, so please save the date and join us for the launch of the fundraising campaign for the Halifax Wilderness Park —

Thursday, September 20, 2018*
Neptune Theatre
1593 Argyle Street, Halifax, NS
**more details to come

3) Are there events or themes you would like to see for public walks/hikes in the Backlands? Please let me know and I will work to incorporate them into our fall hikes!

– Meredith.BaldwinATnatureconservancy.ca

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Question called, and Motion passes!! The Halifax Green Network Plan has been passed at Council!!!

A festive group greeted Councillors this am
including Lisa Blackburn (3rd pic down)
& Lindell Smith (4th pic)

So reads a final Tweet from this morning from Our HRM Alliance.

View Council eagerly approves Halifax Green Network Plan by Yvette D’Entremont in the StarMetro Halifax (Aug 14, 218) for more details and comments by Walter Regan of the Sackville Rivers Association.

The sequence of Tweets from @OurHRMAlliance:

@OurHRMAlliance
56m56 minutes ago
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HRM Planner Ben Sivak is here to present the final draft of the Plan and to introduce the background. “There has been 3 rounds of public engagement, the State of the Landscape Report, and this is the first time we’ve been able to look at HRM as an entire landscape.”

@OurHRMAlliance
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Sivak – “The Halifax Region has incredible assets in wilderness and recreation. The intent of this Plan is to build on these assets and protect what we have here.”

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Tues Aug 14, 2018: Rally to support the Green Network Plan

Our HRM Alliance Photo

From OurHRM Alliance:

“Join us on Tuesday, August 14th at 9:00 (ish) to show your support for the Halifax Green Network Plan!

“The Green Network Plan will FINALLY be going to Council that day at 10:00AM. We want to be there with signs, smiles, and support to ask the 16 Councillors to vote YES to pass this incredible plan. The Councillors typically begin arriving around 9:00, so pop by while you can during that hour, or come and stay the whole time!

“We’ll be having a sign-making party the night before at Ecology Action Centre. Either make your own sign, or borrow one of ours for the day!

“There will also be a crew of people attending the Council meeting to watch the presentation and debate and show our support. Feel free to join for this as well, if you’re interested. Want some more info about the Green Network Plan? Check out http://ourhrmalliance.ca/halifax-green-network/

View Facebook Event Page

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Wed Aug 29, 2018: Fate and Transport of Road Salt Chloride in Urbanizing Watersheds

Dr. Claire Oswald

August 29th, 2018 **12PM**
Dalhosuie Univ Faculty of Engineering, Sexton B-228 (with Lunch)

Special Guest Lecture in Hydrology
Fate and Transport of Road Salt Chloride in Urbanizing Watersheds

Dr. Claire Oswald, BSc (Hons.) MSc, McM, PhD, Ryerson University Assistant
Professor, Geography & Environmental Studies

View Announcement with abstract

Thx to MZ for forwarding this info.

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The Diverse and Magical Landscapes of Williams Lake Wilderness

Meredith, Jack Pines in foreground,
foggy peninsular Halifax in the distance.
Click on image to enlarge it

That’s the title of an Nature Conservancy of Canada walk led by David P (aka Jack Pine) and Meredith Baldwin on Sunday July 29.

The walk had been delayed a week and the weather was quite iffy on the morning we finally did it, which is likely why only about half of the originally registered participants showed up. But it turned out to be perfect weather with a cool, very light foggy drizzle in the beginning offering some respite from the extra hot days we have been having; then there was cloud cover and a bit of a breeze and only as we approached the dam, did the skies clear and it begin to get hot.

We made 8 stops; at each I talked about what they would see ahead and a little about the human history. The stops were Continue reading

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Williams Lake Conservation Company 50 th Anniversary Party

Wms lakeWhen: Saturday, September 22, 2018 Doors open at 5 pm

Where: Purcell’s Cove Social Club, 505 Purcell’s Cove Road

Activities:
– Eat! Drink! And Dance to the music of Lime Rickey Band
– Silent and Live Auctions (cash or cheque only), Food, Cash Bar

Proceeds to go to the Nature Conservancy of Canada for the Halifax Wilderness Park in the Purcell’s Cove Backlands

Tickets are limited and go on sale August 1st

Watch for more information

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