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Lichens of the High Arctic; Flora of the Canadian Arctic (148501)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: Dr. Troy McMullin
Company: Canadian Museum of Nature
Start Date: 2017-07-01
End Date: 2017-07-25
Operation Type: Seasonal
Project Description:
The composition and distribution of lichens plants in the Canadian Arctic is likely to experience a major shift in the coming century in response to climate change, but detailed information on lichen and plant diversity, necessary to track future change, is lacking for many Arctic regions. The flora of some Arctic regions have never been explored, and many regions are poorly and incompletely studied. We plan to conduct field work in July 2017 around 3-6 high-Arctic locations in Nunavut: Resolute, Little Cornwallis Island (dependent on PCSP funding), the west coast of Devon Island (dependent on PCSP funding), Eureka, the McGill Arctic Research Station (dependent on PCSP funding), and the Parks Canada camp at Lake Hazen. Lichen diversity at these sites has not been studied in detail. We will document lichen plant biodiversity at all sites by exploring (on foot) different habitats, and making collections of all the species we find. Collections will be dried in a plant press, and the specimens will be stored in the plant collection at the Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, where they will contribute to on-going efforts to document all the plants and lichens in the Canadian Arctic. Our research team includes two people, and we will set up a small, temporary camps near existing research stations at our last three proposed locations.
Persons: 2
Days: 25
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
2227 polygon Based in Resolute - will be exploring via ground transport
2229 polygon Flying in to lilttle Cornwallis to explore for one day
2230 polygon Fying to Devon to explore for one day
2232 polygon Based in Eureka - one day will be spent exploring via air
2233 polygon Based at the McGill Arctic Research Station - Exploring on foot
2237 polygon Based at the Lake Hazen Camp - exploring on foot
Planning Regions:
Affected Areas and Land Types
Inuit Owned Surface Lands
Extablished National or Territorial Park
Settlement Area
North Baffin Planning Region
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Scientific Research
Licensing Agencies
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Type Quantity Size Use
Hammer and chisel 1 15 inches chipping small pieces of rock to collect crustose lichens
Knife 2 12 inches to help remove plants and lichens from soil.
aircraft - plane 1 ? Flights to get to each location - run by PCSP.
aircraft - helicopter 1 ? One day of exploring different areas near Eureka - run by PCSP
Tents 3 small 2 two-person tents and 1 four-person tent for food and specimens
ATV 2 ? Ground transportation around Resolute, Devon Island, and Little Conwallis - supplied by PCSP
Handheld water filter 1 10 Inches Filter water for drinking
Stove 2 5 x 10 inches Cook food while camping
plant press 2 50 x 40 inches Press and dry plants
Sleeping bags 2 ? for camping
Sleeping mats 2 6 x 2 feet sleeping while camping
Personal Clothes n/a n/a -
Camera 2 25 x 20 inches pictures of plants and lichens
Cooking utensils n/a n/a n/a
first aid kit n/a n/a n/a
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Aviation fuel 0 0 Liters PCSP planes and helicopters will use aviation fuel to transport us. There will be no fuel drums moved or stored for our research. The amount used is unknown to us.
Other 3 3.8 Liters White gas for our cooking stoves.
Gasoline 0 0 Liters ATV use - gas will be acquired at a gas station in Resolute.
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
White gas (naphtha) 3 3.8 Liters Coleman camp fuel for stove for cooking
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
0 Lakes (amount = 0.004 m3 a day - it would not display that number in the adjacent box). Hand held water filter - much of the time we will be based in buildings with running water.
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
- The environmental impacts of our work and small research team is low. Increased human activity in the area will increase ambient noise levels in the immediate area, which may disturb wildlife. These activities will be highly localized and the impact is expected to be very small. - Helicopter and airplane transportation will also create noise that may affect wildlife. This will be very short term as we only will conduct short day trips using the helicopter for collecting purposes. - Care will be taken to ensure that all non-biodegradable waste (garbage) will be carried out. Garbage will be minimal, as most of our food will be packaged in re-usable containers. - All solid human waste will be buried. Toilet paper will be burned. - We will be making collections of lichen and plant species, but these will not impact local plant populations as we will only collect plants from populations with many individuals. - Water usage will be very low, as we will only be using water for domestic purposes (cooking, cleaning, and drinking). - Grey water from cooking (this will be minimal) - will be buried at least 100 m from all water sources. - White gas (naphtha) for cooking - This is our only hazardous material. It will be stored in orifginal containers, and in fuel bottles for camp stoves. The project leader and camp manager will monitor fuel storage daily to check for leaks and other damage to the fuel containers. If a leak or spilled were to occur we follow these procedures: A. Procedures for initial actions • Ensure safety of all personnel. • Assess spill hazards and risks. • Remove all sources of ignition. • Stop the spill if safely possible e.g. shut of pump, replace cap, tip drum upward, patch leaking hole. • No matter what the volume is, notify camp manager immediately. • Contain the spill – use contents of spill kits to place sorbent materials on the spill, or use shovel to dig dike to contain spill. Methods will vary depending on the nature of the spill. See Section C for more details. B. Spill reporting procedures Report spill to project leader and/or camp manager. They will determine if the spill is to be reported to the spill report line. Fill out a copy of the NWT Spill Report Form (see Appendix 2 for the form). Submit the completed form to the staff at the 24 Hour spill line ASAP. Nunavut / NWT 24-hour Spill Report Line: Phone: (867) 920 – 8130 Fax (867) 873 – 6924 Email: Report spill to AAND Manager of Field Operations at 867-975-4289 (phone) and/or 867-975-6445 (fax). Report spill in an annual report. C. Procedures for containing and controlling the spill on land • Initiate spill containment by first determining what will be affected by the spill. • Assess speed and direction of spill and cause of movement (water, wind and slope). • Determine best location for containing spill, avoiding any water bodies. • Have a contingency plan ready in case spill worsens beyond control or if the weather or topography impedes containment. Specific spill containment methods for land, water, ice and snow are outlined below. 1) Containment of Spills on Land Spills on land include spills on rock, gravel, soil and/or vegetation. Soil is a natural sorbent, thus spills on soil are generally less serious than spills on water, as contaminated soil can be more easily recovered. Generally spills on land occur during the late spring, summer or fall when snow cover is at a minimum. It is important that all measures be undertaken to avoid spills reaching open water bodies. Dykes Dykes can be created using soil surrounding a spill on land. These dykes are constructed around the perimeter or down slope of the spilled fuel. A dyke needs to be built up to a size that will ensure containment of the maximum quantity of fuel that may reach it. A plastic tarp can be placed on and at the base of the dyke such that fuel can pool up and subsequently be removed with sorbent materials or by pump into barrels or bags. If the spill is migrating very slowly a dyke may not be necessary and sorbents can be used to soak up fuels before they migrate away from the source of the spill. Trenches Trenches can be dug out to contain spills as long as the top layer of soil is thawed. Shovels, pick axes or plant collecting knives/diggers, etc. can be used, depending on the size of trench required. It is recommended that the trench be dug to the bedrock or permafrost, which will then provide containment layer for the spilled fuel. Fuel can then be recovered using a pump or sorbent materials. 2) Containment of Spills on Water Spills on water such as rivers, streams or lakes are the most serious types of spills as they can negatively impact water quality and aquatic life. All measures need to be undertaken to contain spills on open water. Weirs Weirs can be used to contain spills in streams and to prevent further migration downstream. Plywood or other materials found on site can be placed into and across the width of the stream, such that water can still flow under the weir. Spilled fuel will float on the water surface and be contained at the foot of the weir. It can then be removed using sorbents, booms or pumps and placed into barrels or plastic bags. Barriers In some situations barriers made of netting or fence material can be installed across a stream, and sorbent materials placed at the base to absorb spilled fuel. Sorbents will need to be replaced as soon as they are saturated. Water will be allowed to flow through. This is very similar to the weir option discussed above. Note that in some cases, it may be appropriate to burn fuel or to let volatile fuels such as gasoline evaporate after containment on the water surface. This should only be undertaken in consultation with, and after approval from the Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) or lead agency Inspector. D. Procedures for transferring, storing, and managing spill related wastes In most cases, spill clean-ups are initiated at the far end of the spill and contained moving toward the centre of the spill. Sorbent socks and pads are generally used for small spill clean-up. Hand tools – whatever is available in the field camp (pots and pans, plant diggers, etc.) – can be effective for small spills. Used sorbent materials are to be placed in plastic bags for future disposal. All materials mentioned in this section are available in the spill kits located at the research camp. Following clean up, any tools or equipment used will be properly washed and decontaminated, or replaced if this is not possible. For most of the containment procedures outlined in Section C, spilled petroleum products and materials used for containment will be placed into empty waste fuel containers and sealed for proper disposal at an approved disposal facility. E. Procedures for restoring affected areas Once a spill of reportable size has been contained, the Museum research team will consult with the AANDC or lead agency Inspector assigned to the file to determine the level of clean-up required. The Inspector may require a site specific study to ensure appropriate clean up levels are met. Criteria that may be considered include natural biodegradation of oil, replacement of soil and re-vegetation
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
Greywater 1 L/ day We will limit the amount of Grey water produced as much as possible. Buried at least 100 m from all water sources.
Sewage (human waste) 2 people At least 100 m from all water sources. Buried
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2017-03-13
Originator: Goump Djalogue
Public Registry ID: 12211
Document Size: 602.4 Kb


Environmental Protection:
s3.13.8: The applicant undertakes to prevent any new occurrences of pollution, garbage and contamination at the site of the development.

Removal of Fuel Drums:
s3.13.8: The applicant undertakes to remove all drums safely from the site and dispose of the drums in a safe manner.

New Site Restoration and Clean Up:
s3.13.1 and Appendix H, s1: The applicant undertakes to clean up the site and restore the site to its natural condition to the greatest extent possible.

Old Site Restoration and Clean Up:
s3.13.2: The applicant undertakes to clean up the site and restore the site to its original condition to the greatest extent possible, including any work required due to the applicant's action prior to this application.

Low-Level Air Flights:
Appendix H, s3: Will the applicant avoid all low-level flights?

Caribou Protection Measures:
s3.3.7 and Appendix D: Will the applicant comply with the Caribou Protection Measures outlined in section 2.4.6 and in Appendix D?

Caribou Water Crossings:
s3.3.7 and map: Will the applicant avoid, between may 15 and September 1, to construct any camp, cache any fuel or conduct any blasting within 10 km of any Designated Caribou Water Crossing identified

Polar Bear Denning Areas and Walrus Haul-outs:
s3.3.8: Will the applicant keep its activities away from any polar bear denning area or walrus haul-out?

Reporting of Archaeological Sites:
s3.11.3 and Appendix H, s2 and s8: Will the applicant immediately report the discovery of all suspected archaeological sites to the Department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth (GN)?

Scientific Research:
s3.9.3: Does the project proposal involve scientific research?
If yes, will the applicant integrate all available and relevant local and traditional knowledge when conducting its research?

Consultation with Nunavut Research Institute:
s3.9.5: Has the applicant consulted with the Nunavut Research Institute about research topics that would benefit or interest local residents?
i. Describe the results of your consultation.
We applied for a Nunavut Wildlife Research Permit and we are currently waiting for a response.
Local Services and Local Employment:
s3.9.4: Will the applicant rely on local services and employment where possible?
ii. If no, explain why it is not possible.
There are only two of us and we will be searching for plants and lichens. We do not require assistance for our research. However, if we find we require bear monitors or guides we will employ local services.

Communication on Scientific Research:
s3.2.8: The applicant will, at minimum, translate a summary of its work into Inuktitut and communicate with communities using language that is clear and non-technical. The results of all scientific re