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Update: Liscombe Game Sanctuary
logging in Liscombe Game Sanctuary continues. Minister Hurlburt
is twiddling his thumbs, continually announcing that he is
about to make an announcement.
Fisheries and Oceans Undertakes Five Year Plan for Eastern
Regional Trails -
Halifax Regional Trails Advisory Team readies itself to move
from the umbrella of the HRDA to Halifax Municipality.
Bay of Islands Center Association began
building community trails for public enjoyment of nature.
Recreational trails in rural and wilderness areas hold the
promise of economic benefits for rural communities. For trail
users, the experience of spending time outdoors is a healthy
and spiritually rewarding activity.
you walk a trail, you feel great, but if you build a trail,
you feel fantastic!
If you enjoy working in the woods, If you'd like to help out
for a day, a week or more, why not volunteer
to help at the Center - a day, a week or even longer (by special
arrangement). To learn more about the Bay of Islands Trails
Projects, go here!
We are still working on several trails of various lengths
and different themes. Our interpretive trail is slow to finish
as we try to squeeze a little more time from our daylight
The Kelly Lake/Round Lake Trail is still
on the drawing boards. We are committed to pursuing trails
development for the Bay of Islands area, so it's time for
more people to get involved and perhaps the illimination of
a few other projects. timeseveral themes in the area. For
more information or to view photos of our trail projects,
Update - 2005
Work at the Center is interrupted
by a localized environmental issue, crucial to the future
of the Bay of Islands region - large scale clearcutting in
the Liscombe Game Sanctuary. Of the 140,000 acres, as much
as 50% is now gone.
Sanctuary Review Deadline
letter is dispatched to Minister Hurlburt with copies to Premier
Hamm, Environment Minister Morash, Education Minister Economic
Development Minister Ernie Fage and others, demanding a logging
moratorium at Liscomb Game Sanctuary. Others send supporting
letters to Minister Hurlburt.
May 20th - Action Alert
The other groups were not aware that clearcutting of public
lands continues in Liscombe. All attention is turned on Liscomb.
Brad Armstrong calls the media. Bay of Islands starts expanding
support further into Guysborough. CBC calls Gail Martin, wanting
the Liscomb story.
May 14th, 2005
A Walk In a Liscomb Clearcut
We meet at the West Sanctuary Entrance and drive to Seloam
Lake, the same day as a Saturday fishing derby is being held.
We, and around 50 fishing derby participants drive through
over a mile of clearcut along the lake, to reach the lakehead.
Kimberly-Clark's contractors have pulled out within a day
or two of our arrival. A few machines are left to be picked
up later ... downed maples show their red spring buds...the
dust has barely settled on this wasteland
Liscomb Collection #2 (album)
A walk through Seloam Lake clearcut, showing adjacent recovering
Liscombe Game Sanctuary - West Side (Highway 374).
May 9, 2005
We visit Liscombe Game Sanctuary, West Side and take pictures:
Liscomb Collection #1
A few recent photos showing old clearcuts, regeneration and
hardwood suppression in preparation for yet another single
species extraction... sometime.
May 5th, 2005
Minister Hurlburt issues a press release granting an extension
on the Sanctuary Review, but only until 4:00 pm, May 31st,
2005 (final day of the spring Legislative Assembly).
The following day, Hurlburt states (Daily
News, May 6th) that he will consider a logging ban
on all Sanctuaries.
May 4th, 2005 - Meeting with Minister
Following today's Legislative Assembly,
Mr. Hurlburt met with around a dozen of us to hear our position
on the Sanctuaries. Brand Armstrong, speaks for Blandford,
a small sanctuary of around 1300 acres. They know what they
want and ask for a "Nature Preserve". They speak
of rare lichens and endangered Mainland Moose. Gail Martin
speaks for Liscomb, emphasizing the need to retain the wilderness
for the future of the 20 rural communities in the Bay of Islands
Individuals and groups concerned about Liscombe, Blandford,
Chignecto and Waverly Game Sanctuaries mobilize and form a
coalition. The object is to work as a collective provincial
body. Brad Armstrong, Blandford Sanctuary proponent leads
the way, gathering support from the opposition party and informing
Martin announces a 'Walk in Liscombe' for May 14th. (Chronicle
Herald, May 12, 2005)
2005 - Action Alert
Gail Martin, Bay of Islands Center, reacts to DNR's announcement
to delist the Sanctuaries and sends Action Alert letters to
conservation groups all over the province. A 6 month extension
to the February 28th deadline is requested.
An online petition sends message after message to Minister
Richard Hurlburt's office. Tony Duke, wildlife manager responds,
asks for corrections.Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society,
Ecology Action Center and local environmental groups jump
in to save 'all' the Sanctuaries being delisted.
details and view petition...
4, 2005 -
PEI TO GO GE-FREE?
Canada's smallest province may be next in the nation-wide
movement to ban genetically engineered crops. The Prince Edward
Island Legislative Assembly will hold committee hearings into
the pros and cons of GE products. These discussions could
lead to a decision that would establish PEI as Canada's first
Source: Council of Canadians ( read
Minister takes advice from industry experts
and ignores wishes of people who elected him. Read this and
then send a message!
7, 2004 -
Jobs, Health and Environmental
Sustainability are again sacrificed as offshore industry
giants put pressure on politicians and the civil service to
boost their short term profits.
29 , 2003 -
Eastern Shore Trails Destroyed by Hurricane Juan - Restoration
Fund Being Considered
5, 2003 -
Stone Soup Festival volunteers show team synergy during
rained out celebration