List of All Posts

Posts are listed in reverse chronological order (most recent at top).
In progress. The website was initiated in 2013; currently the list of posts below goes back to the beginning of 2018.

Workin on it

Aug 29, 2024:
Province seeking feedback on its Protected Areas Strategy 29Aug2023
Aug 24, 2024:
Saturday Aug 26, 2023: Chebucto Peninsula Moose Meeting
Aug 18, 2024:
On the significance of wetlands in the Backlands (Halifax, NS) 18Aug2023
Aug 17, 2023:
Japanese Barberry: a significant invasive on Lawsons Brook and perhaps elsewhere in the Backlands (Halifax, NS) 17Aug2023
Aug 16, 2023:
Public Feedback on the Backlands sought for the Regional Plan Review 16Aug2023
Aug 11, 2023:
Hemlock Wooly Adelgid now in the Halifax area 11Aug2023
Aug 6, 2023:
Shaw Wilderness Park – Camp Fire Sighted! 31July2023
Jul 12, 2023:
Art Meets Nature and Activism at Sandy Lake – art show opens Thursday July 13th, 2023
Jul 6, 2023:
Peak flowering (now) is a good time to spot invasive multiflora rose and help stop its spread into the Backlands 6Jul2023
Jul 5, 2023:
A misty walk at East Pine Island Pond on Canada Day 2023
Presumptive Exobasidium infestation on Black Huckleberry extends well beyond Osprey Trail area (Halifax Backlands) 5July2023
Jul 3, 2023:
Fruit production by Black Huckleberry on the McIntosh Run barrens reduced by mystery pest 3Jul2023
Jun 30, 2023
Golden Heather in flower in the Backlands 30Jun2023
Jun 12, 2023:
“Sharing the Care of Williams Lake” 12Jun2023
May 30, 2023:
Jack Pines are in flower in the Backlands (Halifax, NS) 30May2023
May 29, 2023:
Full year of citizen science water quality monitoring reveals episodic salt events in Governors Brook (Halifax, NS) 29May2023
May 19, 2023:
Fire-scarred white pines are a reminder that it’s Fire Season – especially in the Backlands (Halifax, NS) 19May202
May 5, 2023:
Trout stocking of Williams Lake on May 30, 2023
Apr 29, 2023:
Sat Apr 29, 2023: NS Wild Flora Society hosting iNaturalist/City Nature Challenge hike on Osprey Trail (Halifax, NS)
Apr 22, 2023:
In Kjipuktuk/Halifax Today: The People’s Parade for Life on Earth 22Apr2023
Apr 2o, 2023:
Backlands Coalition presents to HRM Community Planning and Economic Development Standing Committee 20Apr2023
Apr 19, 2023:
MRWA to add 16 km of new trails in Backlands 19Apr2023
Apr 18, 2023:
City Nature Challenge Apr 28 to May 1, 2023
Apr 12, 2023:
Making the case for the Backlands 12Apr2023
Apr 1, 2023:
Province has set aside funds for Williams Lake Dam 1Apr2023
A Retrospective of Winter Birding in the Backlands
“Families donate property to protect the Backlands” – Chebucto News 1Apr2023
Mar 23, 2023:
Tell Council by Mar 29, 2023 that we need a Green Network Plan Coordinator!
Feb 14, 2023:
It’s time for the Great Backyard Bird Count Feb 17-21, 2023
Feb 6, 2023:
Sheila Stevenson: Protect natural assets Nova Scotia has left
Jan 25, 2023:
Protecting Wetlands Workshop Thursday February 2, 2023 at Captain Spry Centre
Jan 9, 2023:
Tues Jan 10, 2023: “The Chebucto Peninsula and Moose Habitat Connectivity”
Jan 4, 2023
Bald Eagle in the Backlands 1Jan2023
Jan 3, 2023
Passing of Backlands Advocate Alan Ruffman 28Dec2022
Dec 23, 2022
Suite of new NS Nature Trust conservation properties include land in the Backlands 23Dec2022
Dec 21, 2022
Celebrating Winter: “Ask an Elder: What do you call the winter months in the Mi’kmaw language?” 21Dec 2022
Birds in the Backlands: Indicators of the Health of the Habitat 21Dec2022
Nov 17,2022
Helping the Common Loon to stay common 17Nov2022
Nov 15, 2022
November flowering of Mountain Sandwort on our Jack Pine – Crowberry Barrens
Nov 8, 2022
Seeing is believing! 8Nov2022
Nov 2, 2022
In the Chebucto News: Rugged. Rich. Rare. Protect Purcell’s Cove Backlands 2Nov2022
Oct 27, 2022
It’s a a great time to view Jack Pine-Crowberry Barrens & Whalebacks on the Osprey Trail 27Oct2022
Oct 18, 2022
Wed Oct 26: Supreme Court Case & Implications for Planning and Nature Conservation!
Oct 8, 2022
Saturday Oct 15, 2022: Hike the Purcell’s Cove Backlands
Sep 28, 2022
October 11, 2022: Public Hearing on Phase 3 of the Regional Plan Review
Sep 27, 2022
Burkhard Plache June 21, 1965 – September 10, 2022
Sep 23, 2022
NS Landscape Map Viewer provides info. on forests & wetlands in the Backlands and a lot more 23Sep2022
Aug 11, 2022
Please share your thoughts about what’s special, what you value about the Backlands (by Sep 30, 2022)
Aug 1, 2022
Saturday, August 6, 2022: Shaw Wilderness Park Clean Up
Jul 12, 2022
Recent fire and fire management in the New Jersey Pine Barrens: a model for the Backlands? 12Jul2022
May 19, 2022
Lover’s Lane to Turtle Bay: A path to Williams Lake 19May2022
May 12, 2022
Petition: Save Purcells Cove Urban Reserve from Development 12May2022
Apr 4, 2022
Request for zoning change, if granted, would seriously undermine ecological integrity and recreational potential of the Purcell’s Cove Backlands 4April2022
Mar 17, 2022
Nova Scotia Nature Trust announces new protected Jack Pine barrens in the Backlands 16Mar2022
Mar 16, 2022
Sparrows Hawks & Doves Project 16Mar2022
Jan 25, 2022
Can we move back from a precipice for the Williams-Colpitt Lakes Watershed? 25Jan2022
Jan 9, 2022
The Halifax Regional Plan review: “Unprecedented population growth” puts the pressure on decision-makers 9Jan2022
Jun 13, 2021
Invasive & Exotic Plants are making their way into the Backlands 13Jun2021
May 30, 2021
HRM releases Themes & Directions Report 30May2021
May 11, 2021
May 11, 2021 – Halifax and West Community Council to consider the recent HRM staff report on the Church of Christ Lands
Apr 29, 2021
Mapping forest fire risk in the Eastern Chebucto Peninsula Backlands
Oct 5, 2020
District 11 Candidates Forum Oct 6, 2020, 7-9 pm
Sep 29, 2020
“Williams Lake is drying up and it’s time to sound the alarm, group says” – CBC
Jun 18, 2020
Backlands Coalition supports new zoning motion from Councillor Shawn Cleary
May 20, 2020
First excursion on new entrance to Shaw Wilderness Park made a good impression
Apr 21, 2020
Earth Day Webinar with EAC will highlight the Backlands amongst other wild areas in Halifax
Jan 27, 2020
Critical park/wilderness budget debate Wed Jan 29, 2020
Jan 22, 2020
Jan 21, 2020: “Fundraising goal reached for Halifax wilderness park”
Nov 20, 2019
November 24th is the last day for service as we know it on the #15 bus route
Sep 22, 2019
Tues Sep 24 2019 at 6PM at Halifax City Hall: Important Public Hearing on Green Network Plan – re Wildlife Corridors
Jul 12, 2019
NCC/HRM Wilderness Park funding on final stretch
Jul 7, 2019
Bus and Ferry News
May 29, 2019
McIntosh Run Watershed Association hiring Trail Crew
May 29, 2019 (7:00PM – 8:15PM): Our Storied Local Landscape
May 24, 2019
Chuck-Will’s-Widow sighted in Halifax
Jan 11, 2019
# 15…
Dec 1, 2018
No 15 nixed
Nov 23, 2018
Update on the #15: Council Meeting on Tuesday Nov 27, 2018
Nov 20, 2018
#15 Bus Action Committee letter to HRM Council, the Mayor and Transit staff
Nov 6, 2018
The Motion to cut the #15 will now come before Council on November 27th, 2018
Nov 2, 2018
#15 Bus could be cut back
oct 12, 2018
Monday October 22, 2018: The Natural History of the Halifax Backlands
Sep 28, 2018
Wilderness through the Eyes of an Artist
Sep 21, 2018
“Nova Scotia commits $1 million for Halifax wilderness park”
Sep 9, 2018
Thurs Sep 20, 2018: Event for Proposed Halifax Wilderness Park
Aug 15, 2018
NCC Art in the Wilderness Sun Aug 26th, Halifax Wilderness Park campaign launch Thurs Sep 20, 2018
Aug 14, 2018
Question called, and Motion passes!! The Halifax Green Network Plan has been passed at Council!!!
Aug 11, 2018
Tues Aug 14, 2018: Rally to support the Green Network Plan
Aug 10,2018
Wed Aug 29, 2018: Fate and Transport of Road Salt Chloride in Urbanizing Watersheds
July 30, 2018
The Diverse and Magical Landscapes of Williams Lake Wilderness
July 27, 2018
Williams Lake Conservation Company 50 th Anniversary Party
June 4, 2018
Williams Lake AGM Monday June 11
May 8, 2018
NCC update upbeat
May 7, 2018
Monday May 7, 2018: Urban Wilderness Park update
Apr 22, 2018
Happy Earth Day
Apr 7, 2018
April 12, 2018: Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes Regional Park Citizen’s Meeting
Apr 1, 2018
Nature Conservancy of Canada proposes innovative approach to accessing new wilderness area: underground parking and elevator
Jan 30, 2018
Geoffrey Grantham works at Baka Gallery Cafe in Toronto
Jan 25, 2018
Land purchased for Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes
Time to update plans for suburban and rural communities