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October 11, 2022: Public Hearing on Phase 3 of the Regional Plan Review

RESCHEDULING NOTICE: The Public Hearing for the Regional Plan Review, Phase 3 originally on the agenda for Tuesday, September 27th has been RESCHEDULED to October 11, 2022 at 6pm, in Regional Council Chambers (City Hall) – 1841 Argyle Street, Halifax. … Continue reading

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Burkhard Plache June 21, 1965 – September 10, 2022

It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Burkhard Plache. With his wife Ingrid, he was a constant visitor to the Backlands, and introduced many people to its natural wonders. Burkhard was a pillar of the … Continue reading

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NS Landscape Map Viewer provides info. on forests & wetlands in the Backlands and a lot more 23Sep2022

I have had a few questions recently about the types of forests in the Backlands which prompted me to make some screen captures from the forestry layers on the NS Landscape Map Viewer. Those maps and some additional maps showing … Continue reading

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Please share your thoughts about what’s special, what you value about the Backlands (by Sep 30, 2022)

The Backlands Coalition advocated for the protection of the area now named Shaw Wilderness Park and that advocacy was just the beginning. There is much more to protect in the Backlands, including wetlands, lakes and streams, a river, wilderness habitat … Continue reading

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Saturday, August 6, 2022: Shaw Wilderness Park Clean Up

Help protect one of Halifax’s most beautiful parks! Saturday, August 6,  10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Capacity: 20   With the support of our partners, Halifax Regional Municipality and Shaw Group Ltd, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has conserved … Continue reading

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Recent fire and fire management in the New Jersey Pine Barrens: a model for the Backlands? 12Jul2022

“Fueled by high winds and dry conditions, New Jersey’s largest wildfire in 15 years swept through Wharton State Forest in the Pine Barrens two weeks ago, burning more than 13,500 acres.” So begins an article titled Pine Barrens natural landscape … Continue reading

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Lover’s Lane to Turtle Bay: A path to Williams Lake 19May2022

From Kathleen Hall, Martha Leary and Murray Coolican: “We are writing about lands along the shore of Williams Lake known bureaucratically as PID 41342080. “We are stewards of the lake and it’s watershed and do our work through Williams Lake … Continue reading

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Petition: Save Purcells Cove Urban Reserve from Development 12May2022

86 hectares of land in Purcells Cove is proposed for rezoning and development Rezoning Map. While some may think this is a good opportunity for development, please take a moment to reconsider… and if you agree, sign Our Petition The … Continue reading

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Request for zoning change, if granted, would seriously undermine ecological integrity and recreational potential of the Purcell’s Cove Backlands 4April2022

Original Post Apr 4, 2022 Modified Apr 19, 2022 Received from C.M. March 30, 2022: URGENT: Purcell’s Cove Backlands under threat of development Dear neighbours and friends of the Backlands, There is some very disturbing news to share with you … Continue reading

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Nova Scotia Nature Trust announces new protected Jack Pine barrens in the Backlands 16Mar2022

View Rare Jack Pine barrens protected in the Purcells Cove backlands Posted on nsnt.ca on 16 Mar, 2022. From the post: We’re pleased to announce a new protected property in the Purcells Cove backlands area, sitting on 27 acres of … Continue reading

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