Debris from a landslide in the Cheticamp River has been cleared.
(photo Tom Moffatt/Atlantic Salmon Federation)
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
Issac’s Harbour Lighthouse (Photo courtesy of DFO and the Canadian Coast Guard)
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.
Parks Canada is looking for an artist to live and work 4 to 6 weeks in Cape Breton Highlands National Park this fall. In collaboration with the Cape Breton Centre
Warren Lake at Cape Breton Highlands National Park (from the Parks Canada web site)
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 is open to Canadian and international professional artists working in any medium with an established exhibition history. The artist selected will live and work in a three bedroom house in Ingonish during the residency.
Parks Canada officials are pleased with efforts to restore the boreal forest to part of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. It includes planting more than 57,000 seedlings along the Skyline Trail. Parks Canada calls its initiative Bring Back the Boreal Project. Derek Quann, the project leader, says parts of the park have faced particular challenges in recent decades.
Part of the project includes protective fencing around the seedlings, and monitoring to determine which trees and planting methods result in the best tree growth. A video highlighting the work so far has been produced. It can be found on YouTube and the Bring Back the Boreal project web site. A link to the web site can be found here: http://pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ns/cbreton/info/foret-forest/impliquez-involved
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
Left to right, Maria O’Hearn, External Relations Manager, Parks Canada Cape Breton; Joseph Henri Poirier, President, La Société Saint-Pierre; Éric Le Bel, Superintendent, Cape Breton Highlands National Park; and Lisette Aucoin-Bourgeois, Executive Director, La Société Saint-Pierre.
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.
The society’s executive-director, Lisette Aucoin-Bourgeois says they’re currently working with Parks Canada on a couple of projects.
Aucoin-Bourgeois says with a new campground due to open in 2019 in the park where Acadians used to live, it’s working with Parks Canada to recognize that.
A Port Hood contractor has won a tender in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The $1.15 million contract to Zutphen Contractors Incorporated is for stabilization of rock cuts along North Mountain. It is the third of a multi-phase project by Parks Canada to stabilize rock slopes along the Cabot Trail.
Zutphen Contractors will be operating under a tight time line. Parks Canada says work must be completed by August 11th.