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Public Notice
Vegetation Removal – Communication line to Dome Mountain

October 25, 2019 — The Department of National Defence must decide whether the proposed Vegetation Removal–Communication line to Dome Mountain, which is located west of the 5 Wing Goose Bay airfield, along the Pine Tree Road to Dome Mountain is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.

To help inform this decision, the Department of National Defence is inviting comments from the public on the project and its potential effects on the environment. All comments received will be considered public. For more information, individuals should consult the Privacy Notice on the Registry website.

Written comments must be submitted by November 14, 2019 to:
Corey Cooney
Wing Environment Officer, 5 Wing Goose Bay
Email address: Corey.Cooney@forces.gc.ca

The Proposed Project

Communication line to Dome Mountain carries important communications for 5 Wing Goose Bay, Bell Aliant and NavCanada. At the start of the line and the end of the line for approximately five hundred meters (500 m) on each side there are joint use poles with power utility lines. Removal of vegetation is necessary to prevent potential disruption in important communications. Vegetation in these areas have grown into dense forest presenting a danger to disrupting DND's important communication systems for the airfield. All trees and larger shrubs will be removed from five meters (5 m) on each side of the communication line. The main footprint for vegetation removal will be ten meters (10 m) wide and ten kilometers (10 km) long. Project scope will also include removal of some individual large trees located outside of the five meters (5 m) from the overhead lines since these trees may pose risk to lines. All trees and vegetation will be removed by a contractor specialized in this work using specialized equipment, tree harvester, forwarder, mulchers and professional arborists trained in manual felling of trees. All larger trees (DBH greater than 8 cm) will be cut and piled so they can be used for firewood or logs. Project is proposed to be carried out in fall of 2019.

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