Halifax Green Network Plan goes to Regional Council soon

HGNPThe Halifax Green Network Plan, under development since 2014, was released on June 21, 2018 and on June 19 went to the Community Planning and Economic Development Standing Committee (see Agenda) wherein Walter R’s words, “it passed with flying colours”.

The next step is for it to go to Halifax Regional Council, possibly on Aug 14, 2018. Stay tuned!

Also view:

– A letter from WRWEO/The Bluff Trial supporting the HGNP highlights special assets of the proposed Sandy Lake Regional Park.

Our HRM Alliance applauds HRM for “excellent” draft of Halifax Green Network Plan
Press Release, Our HRM Alliance, June 25, 2018

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New Domain Name: sandylakebedford.ca

As the address
has been proving awkward, I set up an “add-on domain” for this site and now it can be reached from the domain name sandylakebedford.ca

It can still be accessed at www.versicolor.ca/sandylakebedford. Once into the website, it reverts to the longer web addresses, a limitation I am having trouble fixing.

However, it should be easier to remember or to pass on sandylakebedford.ca as the address to land on the home page.

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Thurs July 5 at 7 pm: SRA Trails Presentation

Walter Regan talks about the Bedford Sackville
Greenway Connector in 2009

From the Sackville Rivers Association:

Join us at 7pm Thursday, July 5th, for an overview of the SRA involvement with trails from the start to now. David Waugh will lead us through the 25 years of work on the Fort Sackville, Bedford Sackville Connector Greenway and the Sackville Greenway and honour those involved in establishing these trails.
Then our Guest Speaker, Dawn Neil, of the HRM Active Transportation group will present an HRM perspective on trails with a focus on the north-western portion of HRM. Dawn has extensive experience on trails and liaison work with close to 2 dozen trail groups in HRM. She brings a practical, down-to-earth perspective on building and maintaining trails – a ‘lets get ‘ err done’ approach.

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Getting to know Sandy Lake & Environs

Bedford Lions Sandy Lake Park was described in 2013 as an “unknown gem” even to many who live in Bedford.

Perhaps the beach area is getting better known, but there’s lots more to explore.

It’s hard to find maps, but not trails and most are quite easy to walk, many to bike.

I have assembled what I have learned about locations of trails and access points through my own excursions and from others (as reported on websites) and posted it at Recreation > Access & Trails.

So why not check some of them out?

The forests are cool and refreshing on hot days, the power lines make for especially nice walks in the fall. I think it is hard to get lost, but I suggest taking a compass and/or smart phone with land maps (a hand compass is always advisable). Also lots of water and a snack; a phone is always advisable in case of an accident or other health issues.

Prepare to get addicted to exploring new areas as I did a year ago. After approx. thirty excursions I still have new places to explore!

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Pamphlet promotes formation of Sandy Lake Regional Park for Halifax

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web version of the pamphlet

The organizing committee for the Sandy Lake Regional Park Coalition has produced a colourful, fact-filled, four page pamphlet promoting formation of a Sandy Lake Regional Park for Halifax.

The pamphlet outlines the history of the proposal for a Sandy Lake Regional Park, cites reasons why such a park remains highly appropriate, and lists the current members of the Sandy Lake Regional Park Coalition. Some beautiful colour photos speak many additional words.

View a low-res web version here.

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Halifax Green Network Plan released June 21, 2018 looking good

The Final Draft of the The Halifax Green Network Plan, under development for several years,  was released on June 21, 2018.

The Halifax Green Network Plan (HGNP) was initiated in 2015 shortly after the adoption of the 2014 Regional Municipality Planning Strategy (Regional Plan). The 2014 Regional Plan directs the creation of the priorities plan to: “…protect and preserve connectivity between natural areas and open space lands, to enable their integration into sustainable community design, to help define communities, to benefit the Municipality’s economy and the physical health of its people, and to reflect and support the overall purposes of this Plan.”- from Item No. 15.1 Community Planning & Economic Development Standing Committee June 21, 2018 

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Searching for old beech amidst a magnificent drumlin forest on the Jack Lake lands

Every excursion I make into the Sandy Lake/Jack Lake lands (“Sandy Lake & Environs”)  seems to offer a new gem. An excursion on June 1 was no exception.

I had been intending to check out a drumlin northeast of Jack Lake and was stimulated to do so sooner rather than later by a conversation with a naturalist who frequented the area in his youth, about 35 years ago. He  told me  there were some big disease-free beech on that drumlin in those years.

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So on June 1st, DS, my frequent walk companion,  and I took a walk up the “sand pit road” and just headed  towards the hardwoods we could see in the distance. We followed wide and narrow paths maintained by ATVs and/or mountain bikes (neither present at the time). It was easy walking.

We passed through early successional hardwood forest with lots of big toothed aspen, white birch, ash and red maple and pretty quickly into older, mixed forest  as we climbed upward. The loud songs of ovenbirds told us we had passed from forest edge to forest interior.
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Happy 30th, Sackville Rivers Association

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It was a wonderful celebration. A few audio files convey some of the sense of it:

Listen to Walter Regan’s comments on SRA’s 30th (audio)
Walter highlights the contributions of so many.

Hear Damon on ongoing and future activities

Sing along with Our River our Home (& hear closing words)

The Atlantic Salmon Journal summer 2018 issue features an article In Praise of Perseverance, A community reclaims its river which describes highlights of SRA’s accomplishments over the last 30 years.

Thanks being 30 years ahead of your time, Sackville Rivers Association!

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Thurs June 7, 2018: Sackville Rivers 30th Anniversary


From Sackville Rivers Association:
“Just a reminder of our upcoming Annual General Meeting and our 30th Anniversary Party, both coming up on June 7th at the Sackville Heights Community Center – 45 Connolly Road, Middle Sackville.

“AGM – 6pm in the 50+ room – must be a member to vote for directors and for SRA chairman (we will be taking membership payments at the door)

“30th anniversary party – 7pm in the gym – the evening will include a few words from collaborators, an art project to create an Atlantic salmon mosaic, and a sharing of history and anecdotes. You will have the opportunity to visit displays and learn more about our work on the river, in the schools and on the trails. And don’t forget the 30th Anniversary cake cutting! Coffee, tea and water will be provided.”

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Springtime in the woods by Sandy Lake

Glorious, simply glorious
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