Here's some results from some of the many community clean ups around Digby County this spring.
Thanks to everyone who helps make their community that much tidier.
Especially those who quietly clean the ditch on their local stretch of highway or street, those who take a garbage bag with them for their daily walk, and especially especially those who put their trash where it belongs in the first place.
Thanks to those who believe and act on the rule "If I don't pick this up, who will."
April 24 – Fort Point: 350 kg
May 14 – Culloden Wharf Road, DRHS students and Waste Check: 1.12 Metric Tons
June 2 – final push on Sandy Cove beach: 2.84 MT
June 8 – Boar’s Head clean up with NCC and ICS O2 students: 380 kg
June 4 – Gulliver’s Cove beach, with Gulliver’s Cove Trails and DRHS students: 2.24 MT
June 9 – Pond Cove beach on Brier Island: 2.58 MT
June 12 – Marshalltown – Middle Cross Road (4.3km) – 409 kg
P.S. Ever heard of plogging? (group jogging events where participants fill trash bags as they go)
I wonder where a good plogging run would be most beneficial? let me know if you know of a trail or roadside that could really use a big group of ploggers to give it a go.
The public is invited to an information session about the Digby Railbed Trail
June 19, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Digby East Fish and Game
What do you think of the Municipality fixing up the railbed and making a trail of it?
The former railway runs 41.5 km through the Municipality of the District of Digby from Smith’s Cove to Digby and on to Weymouth.
The wide, relatively level and smooth, gravelled surface is well-suited to serving as an active transportation route and multi-use trail connecting Smith’s Cove, Conway, Digby, Marshalltown, Jordantown, Bloomfield, North Range, Plympton Station and Weymouth.
But it needs some work – mostly minor grading, ditching and brushing – but also a few culvert repairs, signage and some amenities like benches and picnic tables.
The Municipality has a plan and they’d like to hear what the public thinks of that plan before asking the Department of Natural Resources for approval.
Basically, the Municipality wants to make the trail a safe and attractive place for residents of Digby County and visitors to enjoy the outdoors, whether on foot, by bicycle, horseback, skiing or riding an ATV.
The complete plan is available online at www.digbytrails.ca/railbed.html and the public is invited to an information session June 19 at the Digby East Fish and Game.
That meeting is the perfect place to ask any questions you might have about the plan or the railbed trail but you can also get a hold of Jonathan Riley, Trails and Open Space Coordinator with the Municipality, anytime with questions, comments and concerns.
Call 902-245-2861 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a great time to enjoy the wildflowers in the Nova Scotia woods!
There is something blooming along every inch of the Balancing Rock Trail - many of the blossoms are quite small and you'll have to get up close (and/or use a magnifying glass) to really appreciate these intricate little splashes of colour.
The trail was very busy with hikers yesterday, especially in the afternoon when the sun came out. Many of the hikers were hurrying out to see the rock and hurrying back to their cars. But one couple from Germany was there in the drizzle with me in the morning and like me they were walking slowly and enjoying the shiny drizzle-washed greenery.
"It's like a rain forest, so lush," they said. Their favourite thing about the trail was how it cuts right through the wilderness - how it would be tough slogging without the trail to walk through bog and brush - but with the trail you get to see all the plants without the slogging.
It might be a fun game with the family to head out the trail and see how many different flowers or interesting plants you can find... I have put together a slideshow and a printable list of 15 wildflowers and interesting plants i saw at Balancing Rock yesterday. I'd love it if people would share with me what they are seeing out there. (Email: email@example.com)
For more info and more fun like this, check out iNaturalist.
Jonathan Riley, trails and open space coordinator with the Municipality of the District of Digby