City Nature Challenge 2021

The call has gone out – “Help put the Maritimes on the global nature scene! Between April 30th to May 3rd, 2021 cities/places from across the planet, from here in our provinces to other locations around the world, will compete for the title of the most Biodiverse City. We need your help. Whether you’re an avid naturalist or a dog walker, everyone can participate: it’s easy, fun, and will encourage you to get outdoors.

In 2021, seven areas from around the Maritimes have been registered to participate: HRM, the Annapolis Valley, CBRM, Charlotte County, Westmorland County, Fredericton, and urban PEI. Each of these areas has its own CNC iNat project page. This umbrella project brings all of these individual project together – we have common goals to not only introduce/promote iNaturalist but to also simply encourage people to get outdoors and explore our part of the world.

Regional Plan Submission – Sandy Lake

To implement our vision of a full realized, ecologically healthy Regional Park at Sandy Lake and Sackville River, we need changes to the Regional Plan in Halifax Regional Municipality. The time to request changes is now (starting March 2020). Here is our group’s first submission to the stakeholder and public consultations on the Regional Plan review. Of note: at least one developer has requested “secondary planning” for their land at Sandy Lake. This is a request to advance their suburban development project next to Sandy Lake.

Sandy Lake – Sackville River Regional Park Coalition – Regional Plan submission (full)

Regional Plan submission – Cover letter only

Regional Plan submission – Appendices only

We encourage everyone who cares about Sandy Lake and Sackville River (and nature, and outdoor recreation, and sustainable cities) to create and send in their own regional plan review submission. You can also talk to city councillors, and candidates running for city council, about your views on a good future for Sandy Lake and Sackville River.

The Sackville Rivers Association monthly meeting will be held on Thursday, Mar 05 at 7 pm at Sackville Rivers Association office at 45 Connolly Rd (Rm 203, upstairs),  Sackville Heights Community Center.

This month’s guest speaker will be Caitlin Grady talking about the future Sackville River-Lewis Lake Wilderness Park – Upper Sackville’s first park of over 1,600 acres.

Bio: Originally from Chelsea, Quebec, Caitlin developed her love of nature growing up hiking, camping and cross-country skiing in the Gatineau Hills. She graduated from Dalhousie University with her degree in Sustainability & Biology and stayed in Nova Scotia to continue adventuring through its unspoiled wilderness. Caitlin has worked in sea-level rise education and riparian zone restoration. She recently returned from a year-long fellowship in Costa Rica where she gained experience in protected area management and mangrove conservation. A past volunteer for CPAWS-NS, Caitlin advocates for protected areas in Nova Scotia now as a Conservation Campaigner.