Tansy’s work at SGang Gwaay

Straight

Tansy wants to explain what she and her favourite photographer were doing on SGang Gwaay last month…

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Offcuts

The two of them worked with a construction crew that was building a new boardwalk out of yellow and red cedar planks…

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bend

…the new boardwalk will take visitors along paths from the village around and back to the anchorage where the boats put in.

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Steps

There are new steps which will protect the banks from erosion (see the old path at the right of the steps?)…

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Swamp

and new raised walkways through the swamp which will protect the visitors from the mud, and protect the swamp ecosystem from the visitors!

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Measuring

The boardwalk has to be less than 30 inches above the ground, or else a hand rail must be built for safety!

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raised

The walkway also has to be at least 8 cm above the ground, to leave enough clearance for ground-nesting seabirds…

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Murrelet nests

The Ancient Murrelet and the Marbeled Murrelet’s chicks must be able to cross the island to get to the  ocean…see the little tunnel entrance in the middle of the picture? That is the entrance to a Murrelet nest! There are many other nests tucked in amongst the tree roots and rock outcrops.

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Steps down

Tansy and the photographer worked hard at SGang Gwaay to improve the visitor experience, while protecting the culture and biology of the island.

 

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8 thoughts on “Tansy’s work at SGang Gwaay

  1. Great job Tansy!!!! You are one respectful little wooden! But then, that doesn’t surprise us, does it? A wooden doll laying a wooden path…that’s experience at work!!!!

  2. what a wonderful path! And what a LOT of labor! The path goes thru such beautiful areas. Tansy is a lucky Hitty to see all of this. I was quite intrigued to learn more about the Ancient Murrelet. The name is so evocative! What I learned is that the name comes from the gray markings on the back of the bird that resemble a shawl draped over an elderly person… thank you for once again broadening my horizons!

    • It is such a beautiful place – Tansy was really happy to be part of this job…we are glad you were inspired to find out more about Murrelets, and you are very welcome, thank you for telling us!

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