Abitibi-Bowater and Medway River Salmon Association have reached agreement in principle to carry out a land based liming project on 20.4 hectares of land at Twin Bridges, Annapolis County. The land is below the headwaters of the Medway River at Alma Lake and part of the land (4 hectares) is at the confluence of the East and West Branches of the Medway River. The remaining 16 hectares are on the southwest side of the West Branch. Twin Bridges is just above the Bowater Base Camp.
The project will consist of the following steps:
- Abitibi-Bowater will circle cut the 20.4 hectares of land, phase one of which is complete. At the end of 100 years the land will have five 20 year growth cycles. The land will be accessible by small vehicle for liming purposes. The liming will start the spring of 2011.
- The recommended dosage of lime per hectare is ten ton. The recommended lime for land based spreading is pelletized and is available from Mosher Limestone Company in Upper Musquodoboit. The lime will be transported to a central site and then dispersed by Abitibi-Bowater to work areas throughout the site(s). Members of the MRSA Environment Committee, and others, will spread the limestone by machine and hand.
- The projected benefits to the soil and water limed is a period of 25 years.
- Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute will pre measure the soil and water for pH. Soil and tree growth, as well as, water quality will be measured on an ongoing basis thereafter, The results will be shared with Forestry, Environmental, Government and Fishing Associations/Organizations.
The Twin Bridges project is approximately in the area shown below:
The map below shows, in detail, the location of the Twin Bridges project: