written by Robert Kennedy
Approximately a year and a half ago the LPLT was approached by Trans Northern Pipeline (TNP) who wanted to perform remedial work on their refined petroleum product pipeline which passes through the Kennedy tract. The steel pipeline is 62 years old. TNP believes the pipeline has an indefinite lifetime as long as it is properly maintained. A device called a pig having many sensors, is put through the pipeline once every 5 years to look for potential defect issues. The last time the pig detected two small dents in the pipeline which were approximately 50 metres apart in the middle of the wetland. The only access to these two locations is from County Rd 25. Prior to starting the work, Doug McRae and lawyer Malcolm Ruby sat down with Trans Northern to express concerns related to accessing the wetland with heavy equipment. LPLT’s main concern was the timing of the work so that it would have minimal effect on breeding birds and other wildlife as well as water quality and the possibility of the introduction of invasive species.
Trans Northern started the work in August 2017 and it took 5 weeks to complete. The work consisted of building the 700 m wood panel access road into the wetland from Cty Rd 25 with larger wood staging areas around the two repair sites. The area is laced with many streams which required the construction of dams to isolate the digs where repairs were going to be made. The dams consisted of long 3m diameter rubber like tubes which were filled with water to give them a flexibility which allowed them to follow the contours of the land. With these dams in place, TNP then pumped out any water inside the isolated dammed off area. This allowed them to then excavate and expose the existing pipeline in the dry and do the repair work. Most of the repairs consisted of a steel sleeve being welded to the exterior of the pipe thereby reinforcing it in the areas of defect. Once the repairs were completed, the trenches were backfilled and all the materials and construction equipment were removed from the site. All that remains is the exposed earth where the access road and staging areas were located. The vegetation is already growing back quickly and probably by this time next year the disturbed area will not be visibly noticeable.
It should be noted that Trans Northern had to obtain a number of government environmental permits which set out strict guidelines for the construction process and environmental controls to protect water quality, flora and fauna. Many thanks to Doug McRae who represented LPLT and Malcolm Ruby who generously donated his legal experience and his office for meetings with Trans Northern.
written by Gary Bugg
Visitors to the Lone Pine Marsh can now take advantage of the new viewing platform which was completed in early June 2017. Made possible through Trillium Foundation funding, the construction began with hired installation of four concrete base columns in 2016. The wooden structure was started in May 2017 and features a 10’ by 10’ Trex covered viewing platform which is raised more than six feet above marsh shoreline. At this height it is possible to view all parts of the marsh.
Construction was carried out by volunteers Tim Whitehouse, Rob Kennedy, James Munn, Doug McRae, Jim Moore and Gary Bugg. Special thanks go to Bill Wilson for his design advice and to Marg Fleming for co-ordinating the base installation. Thanks also to Paul Steels and Helmut Enns for the use of their generators.
On June 11, the board of directors and members of Lone Pine Marsh Sanctuary met at the Braham tract for a walk of the property (and introduction to new trails) followed by lunch, a special meeting, and the annual general meeting.
At the Special Meeting, new by-laws were passed (with amendments) and the name was officially changed to Lone Pine Land Trust. Since the addition of the Wilkinson, Kennedy, and Munn tracts to the original marsh (Braham tract), our land ownership in the watershed of Cold and Marsh Creeks has increased to a total of 371 acres. The addition of “Land Trust” to our name immediately tells people what our organization is about. To simplify the name, we dropped “Marsh Sanctuary” from the title; we will continue to focus on acquiring wetlands and lands adjacent to the creeks and be a sanctuary to the indigenous organisms of the area.