Algonquin has requested permission from the Council to perform something called Stage 2 Archaeological Assessments on two sections of closed road allowances in the eastern end of Amherst. These assessments would include plowing and shoveling, looking for whatever. One problem may be the existence of several threatened species in those areas. Council accepted the request, but they haven’t approved it, so it isn’t clear when Algonquin will be able to proceed.
Update: Duncan Ashley, Amherst Island’s member on the Loyalist Council, wrote to correct my misunderstanding of what action Council took. Originally, I thought Council had approved Algonquin’s request. I’m not sure where I got that idea, but it is incorrect. Looking back, I think I knew they hadn’t actually approved the request, but ended up writing that they did in an momentary lapse. Apparently the Council wants more information on several issues before they let Algonquin plow those areas up. As an example, there may be threatened bird species nesting there. Thank you Duncan.