Natural History of the Backlands
- Low-res PDF of the presentation slides
- Backlands Coalition
Website for the Backlands Coalition with links to member organizations. info on flora, fauna and geology, Cultural Landscape and more.
- Halifax Wilderness Park
(Nature Conservancy of Canada)
- The Chebucto Peninsula: A Significant Conservation Area
David Patriquin, Aug 9, 2015. Post on Our HRM Alliance website
- Natural History of the Landscapes of the Five Bridge Lakes Wilderness Area
A set of web pages providing an overview of the landscapes of the Five Bridge Lakes Wilderness Area from a natural history perspective. It is essentially a self study module. There are 31 pages. Posted by David Patriquin Sep 13, 2016.
- Ecological Assessment of the Plant Communities of the Williams Lake Backlands
A REPORT to The Williams Lake Conservation Company
by Nick Hill (Fern Hill Institute of Plant Conservation, Berwick, Nova Scotia)
& David Patriquin (Professor of Biology, retired, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia) Feb 12, 2014
- Water quality measurements on Williams Lake and Colpitt Lake (Halifax, N.S.) Dec 7-13, 2015 with reference to possible impacts of road salt
Report to Williams Lake Conservation Company (WLCC) by David Patriquin, January 6, 2016
- Regeneration of Forest and Barrens after the Spryfield Fire of April 30, 2000
Richard Beazley and David Patriquin for Halifax Field Naturalists, 2011
- A Rare, Fire-Dependent Pine Barrens at the Wildland-Urban Interface of Halifax, Nova
Presentation to the Wildland Fire Canada 2014 Conference, Halifax, N.S. Oct 6-9, 2014
by Nick Hill and David Patriquin
David P's webspace with various docs, links related to natural history, focus on NS.
How to get there:
There many informal trails in the Backlands, but few formal trails currently. The Mac Run group is developing a network of trails for walking and biking that go into Crown land in the Backlands.
Providing access to the Backlands wilderness area is a lot of what the NCC/HRM Urban Wilderness Park is all about.
I am a little hesitant to describe how I access the Backlands because it's often across private property, through rough areas etc.
However, I can suggest "the bike barrens" (McIntosh Run trails) as a great place to start your explorations. It's readily acessible, safe walking and goes through unburnt and burnt barrens. It's spectacular right now (Oct 23). This is HRM land, with a piece of it falling in the Williams Lake Backlands/proposed wilderness park area.
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OCT 31, 2018: I JUST VISITED THE AREA AND THE OLD TRAILHEAD IS GONE (BUILT OVER), BUT THERE ARE NEW ONES IN TWO PLACES NOW AS SHOWN BELOW
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