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  • NIRB File No:

    18YN004

  • Application No.:

    125262

  • Project Type:

    Camp

  • Project Name:

    Ghost Pack: White Wolves of the North

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See attached document - NIRB Proposal (English)National Geographic’s Ghost Pack: White Wolves of the North is a 4-part documentary series and cross-platform media initiative that brings viewers on an immersive journey to the far end of the Earth—to a gorgeous world where wolves hunt, howl and raise their families as they’ve done since the end of the ice age. Produced by Market Road Films, the project will feature the work of a range of artists and scientists including: a prize-winning wildlife photographer (Ronan Donovan), a regarded wolf biologist with prior research experience on Ellesmere (Kira Cassidy), and a small documentary filmmaking team with strong roots in wildlife and science filmmaking (director Tony Gerber; director of photography Luke Padgett; Camp manager/polar bear monitor Dr. Adam Amir). The result will be a multi-platform documentation of a stunning and potentially endangered species that will reach the scientific community and beyond. The 4-part mini series will reach millions of viewers when broadcast on National Geographic in the Fall of 2019. Our project consists of two phases. Phase 1 begins with our team of five arriving on the Fosheim Peninsula of Ellesmere Island May 15, 2018, and ends when they depart on or about September 9, 2018. Phase 2 will begin with the same team of five arriving on Ellesmere February 15, 2019, and will end when the team leaves March 15, 2019. Our project will take place on the Fosheim Peninsula. Camp will be located near a wolf den on the peninsula and we will film in a ~30 mile radius around the weather station, avoiding Inuit-owned lands. We will be over 200 miles north of the nearest Inuit community of Grise Fiord.Our project’s activities for Phase 1 include the delivery of equipment and supplies to Eureka Weather Station (May 15) via chartered plane; locating an arctic wolf den using a helicopter; long-lining camp supplies with helicopter to construct a temporary, self-sufficient field camp location near the den; filming the pack of arctic wolves from the beginning of the denning process, to the birth of wolf pups, to the pack’s hunt, following and filming from ATVs and snowmachines; breakdown of campsite and removal of equipment and supplies (September 6 - 9) via chartered plane. Phase 1 will also include a Twin Otter resupply trip, to land at Eureka Weather Station. For Phase 2, activities include delivery of equipment and supplies to the Eureka Weather Station (February 15, 2019) via chartered plane; finding the pack again using a helicopter and infrared imaging technology; long-lining camp supplies with helicopter to construct a temporary, self-sufficient field camp location close to the den; filming the pack after winter; and breakdown of campsite and removal of equipment and supplies (March 12 - 15) via chartered flight.If you have any questions about our project, please feel free to reach out to Jeremy Wheeler via email at jeremy@marketroadfilms.com, or by phone at 914-327-8568.

Assessment Phase / Activity
  • Application screening started 2018-02-09
  • Date NIRB Decision Due set 2018-02-09
  • Commenting in progress 2018-02-14
Region
  • North Baffin
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Notifications sent: Commenting in progress

2018-02-14 18:33:44

NIRB 125262 / 18YN004: Notice of Screening and Comment Request for Market Road Films’ “Ghost Pack: White Wolves of the North” Project Proposal


    Dear Jeremy Wheeler:

    Please see the attached correspondence from the Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB or Board) regarding Market Road Films’ “Ghost Pack: White Wolves of the North” project proposal.

    NIRB File No.: 18YN004
    Project Name: Ghost Pack: White Wolves of the North
    Project Proponent: Market Road Films
    Project Type: Research
    Location: North Baffin Region
    Comments Requested by: March 7, 2018

    The NIRB is copying parties potentially affected by this project and we invite interested persons to comment directly to the NIRB regarding:

     Whether the project proposal is likely to arouse significant public concern; and if so, why;
     Whether the project proposal is likely to cause significant adverse eco-systemic or socio-economic effects; and if so, why;
     Whether the project proposal is likely to cause significant adverse impacts on wildlife habitat or Inuit harvest activities; if so, why;
     Whether the project proposal is of a type where the potential adverse effects are highly predictable and mitigable with known technology, (please provide any recommended mitigation measures); and
     Any matter of importance to the Party related to the project proposal.

    You can submit comments to the NIRB by our on line public registry at www.nirb.ca or via e-mail at info@nirb.ca or via fax to 867-983-2594.

    All documents received and pertaining to this project proposal can be obtained from the NIRB’s online public registry at www.nirb.ca by using any of the following search criteria:
     Project Name: Ghost Pack: White Wolves of the North
     NIRB File No.: 18YN004
     Application No.: 125262

    The NIRB has attached a Public Notice of Screening in English and Inuktitut for interested parties and Municipalities to post on local bulletin boards within your community.

    If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Talia Maksagak, Junior Technical Advisor directly at (867) 983-5627 or tmaksagak@nirb.ca.

    Best regards,

    Natasha Lear
    Environmental Administrator

    Nunavut Impact Review Board
    29 Mitik Street
    P.O. Box 1360
    Cambridge Bay
    NU, X0B 0C0 Canada
    Phone: (867) 983-4600
    Toll Free: 1-866-233-3033
    Fax: (867) 983-2594
    Email: info@nirb.ca
    Web: www.nirb.ca

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