Friends of Covehead-Brackley Bay Watershed Inc. Announces AGM Meeting
North Shore, PEI November 22nd, 2013 – The Community of North Shore on behalf of the Friends of Covehead and Brackley Bays is pleased to announce their upcoming annual general meeting 7:00 pm, Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 at Stanhope Place located at 2784 Bay Shore Road, Stanhope, PEI.
The agenda will include a presentation on FCBB 2013 activities and plans for 2014, Secretary and Treasurer reports, in addition to holding the election of Directors for 2014.
Verner Smitheram, Chair of FCBB is delighted to welcome guest presenters Dr. Michael van den Heuvel, Canada Research Chair in Watershed Ecological Integrity at UPEI and Christina Pater, Researcher with the Rivers Institute of Canada (PEI Division) who will speak on "Eel Grass Studies and The Health of Covehead and Brackley Bays". Smitheram says, "we are very fortunate to have the benefit of outstanding researchers to help us develop plans on the best approach to improve the health of our bays."
All residents of North Shore are invited to attend to learn more about their watershed. For more information email email@example.com or visit the website at www.fcbbwatershed.ca and like us on facebook @ Friends of Covehead-Brackley Bay.
The Friends of Covehead-Brackley Bays Inc. (FCBB) established in 1998, incorporated in 2001 and granted Charitable Status in 2012, is a community-based volunteer organization mandated "to create a watershed area that is healthy: one which nourishes the land and water, is sustainable to native flora and fauna, and also balances the interests of residents, including those working in aquaculture, forestry, agriculture, fisheries, and tourism."
The Covehead-Brackley Watershed includes the communities of Brackley Beach, Brackley Point, West Covehead, Covehead Road, Harrington, Winsloe North, North Milton, and Stanhope. There are five streams and two bays in the watershed. The streams are Auld's Creek, McCallum's Creek, Black River, Bell's Creek, and Parson's Creek. The bays are Covehead and Brackley. The total area of the watershed is 7,358 hectares, or 73.5km2.
The North Shore Municipality is situated between the PEI National Park and the Municipality of York to the North and East of Charlottetown. The economic activity in the area has traditionally been farming, fishing and tourism. But the community has increasingly become a "bedroom community" for workers who commute to Charlottetown, or a summer haven for Islanders and non-Islanders. For more information visit http://www.stanhopecovehead.pe.ca/ call 902-672-1586 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
New trail system to be created on Robinsons Island, Prince Edward Island National Park
November 20th, 2013
We are writing to inform you of some upcoming changes to Robinsons Island in Prince Edward Island National Park.
Parks Canada has recently acquired funding under a special project which will be used toward improving ecological health in Prince Edward Island National Park. Making gains in ecological integrity is a priority for Parks Canada, and we are pleased to invest a portion of these funds at Robinsons Island. In earlier phases of this long-term project, Parks Canada removed infrastructure left after the campground was closed. This fall, work will begin to create new trails on the island. This is an exciting new visitor experience opportunity at the site.
Robinsons Island Campground closed in 2005 due to declining use and high operating costs. Since that time, Parks Canada has removed most of the old infrastructure on the island to facilitate restoration of the forest ecosystem.
Since Robinsons Island Campground closed, Parks Canada has been considering alternate and enhanced visitor opportunities at the site, which is treasured by locals, stakeholders and visitors for its cultural, natural and recreational resources. As the project moves ahead, Parks Canada will ensure that sensitive cultural and ecological sites are protected, and that existing recreational opportunities are maintained for current and future users.
New Visitor Experience Opportunities
In addition to existing leisure opportunities on Robinsons Island such as bird-watching, hiking and wind-surfing or kite-boarding, Parks Canada is excited to provide a new recreational activity at the site, allowing beginner mountain-bikers and families a safe and adventurous way to explore in Prince Edward Island National Park.
In early fall 2013, members of the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) came to PEI to deliver a session on trail development, and to assist Parks Canada staff with an analysis of potential mountain biking opportunities at Robinsons Island. As part of this project, existing trails and roadways on the island will be converted into a multi-use path, twinned in several locations and equipped with technical trail features. These features will allow mountain-bikers to challenge themselves at various levels of difficulty and develop new skills as they practice and build confidence. New viewing platforms and interpretative nodes will also be developed through this project.
Parks Canada is exploring new opportunities for visitors to experience Prince Edward Island National Park and to encourage them to make lasting memories through new and exciting opportunities. A family friendly mountain biking destination is unique, providing something new and fun for everyone to enjoy. Mountain-biking will enhance opportunities for our visitors to be active and enjoy outdoor activities, and will enable our stakeholders in the tourism industry to work with Parks Canada to attract new clientele or provide an additional experience for their existing guests.
The original plan for this project included changes to part of the existing road bed across the causeway leading to Robinsons Island, which was to be converted to a gravel trail. Due to feedback from valued stakeholders through preliminary communications, Parks Canada is reassessing this part of the project and will explore public consultation options about how to best address issues facing the current road conditions. In the coming months, Parks Canada will engage stakeholders and the public in a consultation process regarding the future of the road on the causeway.
Should you have any questions or if you would like further information, please feel free to contact Greg Shaw, Project Manager at 902-672-6377 or by email at email@example.com.
Tara McNally MacPhee
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