News from the Friends of Nose Hill – May

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The May Flower Count will be May 25-31. The Alberta Count Compiler is again Kim MacKenzie. Email all count results to kim.mack@goldpaw.ca. We will post a count package on our new website.

The Society’s first amateur annual photo contest invites submissions of photos taken in Nose Hill Park between 1 Oct. 2016 and 30 Sept. 30, 2017. Guidelines and entry forms can be found at www.fonhs.org or by email request: friendsofnosehill@gmail.com with the subject heading “Photo Contest”. Winners will be announced at our annual general meeting in Nov. 2017. Due to concern about preserving sensitive areas in the Park, a “Respect for Nose Hill Park Ecology” agreement includes a link to the Parks and Pathways Bylaw.

We heard from the City Project Engineer that the North Calgary Water Services project must follow the Alberta Wildlife Act, the Migratory Bird Convention Act, and the Alberta Environment & Parks Integrated Standards and Guidelines. There are restricted activity periods for bird species and setbacks for all other wildlife. Calgary Heritage Authority received a response from Calgary Parks. The soil tests were in part to check for archaeology, as the route should not impact any known sites. The province has approved the proposal.

This means that wildlife surveys were done and drilling work in the winter should reduce impact to plants. Thawing could alter the schedule. There are buffers for wildlife and setbacks for rare plants. Almost half of the Park grassland area has native species. Parks-approved restoration seed mixes will be used for reclamation. Bird species (known or having the potential to occur) were identified. The Ward 4 Councillor can be contacted at ward04@calgary.ca.

Crew will use established pathways for transport of equipment, whenever possible.

Notwithstanding any other provision in the Parks and Pathways Bylaw, no Person shall leave a Pathway or Trail while in the escarpment zone in Nose Hill, compromising that area from the Nose Hill Park Boundary up to (but not including) the multi-use Pathway or Trail. On the top of Nose Hill there is a multi-use zone.

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