Wednesday, 7 March 2018

More on pollution

Watch CHPTA Chair Michael McFadden talking about the pollution coming our way from the Dartmouth Clay Target Association.

The Department of the Environment is meeting with the skeet club this week and promises action.

The skeet range (blue marker) is a five bay open air facility. Shooters face the main tidal channel, which is about 300 yards away. The route to the Salt Marsh Trail, about 7/10 of a mile away is obvious. 7,500 waddings transported such a distance implies the existence of many more. There is every likelihood that large quantities of clay fragments and shot have found their way into the environment.They are clearly a threat to the abundant bird life and should be cleaned up. The skeet club needs a pollution abatement program.

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Unenthusiastic Fantastic Plastic. DRASTIC!

Long story short:
If we want the Salt Marsh Trail cleaned up
we have to do it ourselves.

Message from the Chair

You are all invited to come out this Sunday 25 February to the Salt Marsh Trail to help pick up the waddings (and any other small garbage).

This will not be fancy. Sorry no Tim's or other incentives other than my thankful smile

  1. Date Sunday 25 Feb 2018
  2. Time: 2:00 to 4:00pm
  3. Place: 1 km in from Bissett Road by the kiosk and picnic area
  4. You bring: a friend or two, lawn rakes, pick up gear, knee pads, clothes you do not mind getting dirty, a smile
  5. CHPTA will supply large plastic bags, some tools (rakes and shovels, pails), work gloves.

The Plan
  1. Pick up your gloves, a bag or pail, and any tools that are available
  2. head down the trail to the neared pile of waddings. You won't have to travel far!
  3. pick out the waddings and other garbage
  4. stuff any sea grass/weed that also blew over the trail into the nooks and crannies of the rocks. Use whatever is available (rake ends, sticks, hands and feet) to jam the material
  5. bring back the bag/pail of wadding to the start point when you are finished (you decide when)
  6. Accept our thanks and head off home with a sense of accomplishment

And before I get a bunch of reply emails - Yes I know it is short notice but this Sunday looks like it might be the best time weather wise to get some clean-up done.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

2018-19 budget

 Here are some figures for our Operations Plan for Fiscal Year 18/19 - Total budget is $455,050.50:

Find the detail on this spreadsheet and this pdf.

Monday, 8 January 2018

CHPTA by the numbers 2017

In 2017  20,665 people tripped the automatic counter on the Shearwater Flyer from June thru October.  4,133 per month or about 137 per day.  The Salt Marsh Trail had 17,234 visits (January thru March included) for an average of 2,154 per month or 72 per day.

Good people working hard to share their beautiful park..........

In 2017, volunteer trail Wardens spent 1,942 hours in 1,486 outings walking the trails.

 And hours by trail and month (Click a heading to expand)

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

News from the Park - always busy

Bissett trail is now open - Halifax Water commission was fixing a water main break but had everything cleaned up and back in order the same day.

Heavy construction work will occur on the Salt Marsh Trail in mid-November as we restore another section to a better protected trail. The trail will be closed from the Canada Goose bridge to the West Lawrencetown Road during the working day due to the presence of heavy equipment. Signs and barriers will be in place. For your own safety and the safety of the workers, CHPTA asks everyone to obey the signage.

Annual maintenance of the trail surface on the Salt Marsh Trail is being conducted on the section from Bissett Road to the Canada Goose Bridge and from Flying Point to landfall on the eastern part of the trail across the causeway. The work involves grading the surface, infilling areas where the crusher dust surface is too thin or absent with attendant raking and smoothing out. There may be some soft areas as the crusher dust settles into place. The grading has been completed and we have noted several areas where the larger underlying rocks are making for a rougher but passable surface. It is these rocky areas that will get further treatment.

Most visitors to the Park are familiar with the two new utility buildings at the main entrance. The Facility building (closest to the trails) will be used for meetings, as an interpretation centre and an event venue. Holly Woodill has taken on the project of creating and setting up interpretative material in the facility building that will show the rich natural and social history of the Park and the surrounding areas.  The other building houses the maintenance workshop and storage area. This welcome addition to the Park Infrastructure has allowed us to consolidate all our tools, equipment and materials in one place. Several of our members who have been storing CHPTA material since the tragic fire that destroyed the Red Barn, are quite happy to get their garages, basements and storage sheds back for their own use.

We have just completed a preliminary engineering inspection of all the bridges on the Shearwater Flyer. All the bridges can accept the regular trail traffic, pedestrians and ATVs but only one (Desaid Lake bridge) can take small maintenance trucks. Some of these bridges date back more than a century so it is not surprising that they will need a little (a lot) of TLC to bring them up to speed. CHPTA is awaiting the final engineering report but is already planning to restore bridges starting next spring and summer.

Many trail users have noted and complained about the increasing amount of damage on the Flyer caused by renegade ATV traffic going off and coming on to the Flyer at unauthorized points. The entry and exit point is located at the parking lot at the Caldwell/Hines Road intersection. It has been distressing to see this irresponsible behaviour causing damage in adjoining wetlands, marshes and watercourses. Anyone seeing illegal activity - basically any ATV going on or off the Flyer at any place other than the entry/exit point, is asked to call 311 or Halifax Police at 902-490-5020. In addition (or instead), please drop us a note (email or phone). CHPTA is also concerned that our neighbours' lands are being torn up by ATVs using the Flyer. Next year, a major part of our maintenance work will concentrate on repairing this damage and implementing measures to reduce this vandalism. Any ideas on how to accomplish this task will be welcomed.

Due to a change in telephone plans and lack of use, the facsimile (Fax) number for CHPTA will cease operation effective 31 October 2017. The voice telephone number (including voice mail) remains 902-435-3952 and the email address remains