Bad weather led to Parks Canada ending moose population reduction activities for this year in Cape Breton Highlands National Park.
A moose cull was set to last until December 3 but Parks Canada decided to wrap it up on November 25. A release from Parks Canada stated the moose population reduction was conducted through a Mi’kmaq-led harvest. Sixteen moose were harvested this year within a 20 square kilometre area on North Mountain in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.
Parks Canada resource conservation manager Rob Howey said there was always a possibility the reduction activities could end before the four week time limit allotted, adding snow and general inclement weather led to the decision to conclude early. The cull was part of a larger Bring Back the Boreal project aimed at restoring forest health in the park, which ends after this year and included items such as tree planting and building fences to keep moose away from young trees.
The meat collected is being distributed to Mi’kmaw and non-Mi’kmaw communities. The hides and other materials will be used by Mi’kmaw elders to make clothing and other traditional items.
Howey said Parks Canada is committed to the health and sustainability of local ecosystems.
Debris from a landslide in the Cheticamp River has been cleared.
Rob Howey, resource conservation manager for Cape Breton Highlands National Park, said the landslide took place on May 27. Howey said park officials and the Cheticamp River Salmon Association got together to survey the area, which he said was adjacent to the Cheticamp Campground, around 200-300 meters upstream from the bridge that crosses the river as part of the Cabot Trail.
Parks Canada brought in a company with heavy equipment to clear the major debris like trees and aggregate to remove the blockage between June 6 and June 8. He said there was some flow through the river but it was constrained until the work was complete. Howey said the river is one of three rivers in Nova Scotia that has a spring run of salmon.
They didn’t want the blockage to impact the salmon so the urgency was a key factor in the cleanup effort. He thanked the Cheticamp River Salmon Association for their efforts.
Parks Canada has given two lighthouses in the region heritage designations, including one in
One of those to receive the special designation is the Isaac’s Harbour Lighthouse. The combined residence and lighthouse was originally established in 1784. The present lighthouse was built in 1928 to replace the original destroyed by fire. The two storey, 12.8 metre structure was initially established to aid the fishing, shipbuilding and gold mining industries. It was deactivated in 2008. Also receiving a heritage designation is the Bayswater lighthouse, a traditional square tapered wooden tower along the Saint John River in New Brunswick.
There are now 97 lighthouses in eight provinces protected under the Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act.
Parks Canada is holding off on a prescribed burn that was scheduled to begin last week due to adverse conditions.
The plan was to conduct a prescribed fire North of Ingonish, in the Warren Lake area that was expected to last two or three days.
A release from Parks Canada stated fire crew was on scene May 14 to prepare the site and then conducted a test fire on May 15. The release goes on to say moisture in the ground prevented penetration of the fire into the topsoil, which means Parks Canada would not have been able to achieve its ecological objectives in promoting the germination of red oak and white pine.
Anne-Claude Pepin, a resource management officer for Parks Canada, said it is too early to tell when or if they will try again.
Thee trails and roads near Warren Lake are expected to re-open in the next few days.
An Inverness County construction company has been awarded a contract by Parks Canada for work at Fortress Louisbourg National Historic Site. The contract to Zutphen Contractors is worth $2 million. The tender is to deal with erosion at the barrier beach adjacent to the fortress. The work includes beach nourishment, which is adding large quantities of sand or sediment to combat erosion and increase beach width.
The work will also consist of Rock Groyne Construction. These are rock formations, built out from the shore to combat erosion by limiting water flow and the movement of sediment.
Work is expected to be completed at the end of March.
for Craft and Design, the federal agency is bringing an artist in residence program to the National Park. It’s an opportunity to develop new projects or to work on existing ones within quiet, natural surroundings. The artist will also share their work and the artistic process with local residents and visitors to the park.
It’s being called the formalization of a decade-long relationship in sharing and preserving Acadian History and Culture in the Cheticamp area. Parks Canada and La
Société Saint-Pierre signed a three year Memorandum of Understanding in Cheticamp. The agreement was signed Monday at the historical society’s annual general meeting, marking its 70th anniversary.