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Ghost Pack: White Wolves of the North (148684)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: Jeremy Wheeler
Company: Market Road Films
Start Date: 2018-05-15
End Date: 2019-03-15
Operation Type: Annual
Project Description:
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. 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 and camp manager 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; TBD Camp manager/polar bear monitor). 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. Production will begin with Phase 1, with our team of five arriving on Ellesmere May 15, 2018, and staying until September 9, 2018. Phase 2 will begin with the same team of five arriving on Ellesmere February 15, 2019, and staying until March 15, 2019, when production will end. Project activities during these times will include the delivery of equipment and supplies to the Eureka weather station (May 15); locating an arctic wolf den using a helicopter (May 16 - 22); long-lining camp supplies to construct a self-sufficient field camp location close to the den (May 16 - 22); filming a pack of arctic wolves from the beginning of the denning process, to the birth of wolf pups, to the pack’s hunt, using ATVs and snowmachines (May 22 - September 5); breakdown of campsite and removal of equipment and supplies (September 6 - September 9); delivery of equipment and supplies to the Eureka weather station for Phase 2 (February 15, 2019); finding the pack again using a helicopter (February 16 - 25); long-lining camp supplies to construct a self-sufficient field camp location close to the den (February 26 - 27); filming the pack after winter (February 27 - March 12); and breakdown of campsite and removal of equipment and supplies (March 12 - March 15). We are working through permit and license applications now; including a Class A Land Use permit for AADNC/INAC; Wildlife Observation License from the Government of Nunavut Dept of Environment; and Approval for Water use without license from the Nunavut Water Board. We will be avoiding Inuit-owned land. Equipment, supplies, and crew will be brought from Yellowknife to Eureka Weather Station via Resolute by a Bombardier Dash 8 charter. Resupply trips will use Twin Otter flights, chartered from Kenn Borek. Search for the wolf den will use a Bell 206B helicopter sourced in Yellowknife. Filming wolves will require use of three ATVs (2017 Kawasaki Brute Force 300) and three snowmachines (2017 Ski-Doo Skandic WT 550F). We will be using multiple cameras, a drone, and associated gear, including generators to provide camp power. Fuel use includes a total of 15 50-gallon drums of fuel, 1 x 100-lbs propane tank and 5 x 20-lbs propane tanks (total of 200lbs of propane, 6 tanks), and 52L of white gas. Fuel will be stored in a fuel cache at Eureka and drums will be disposed of in accordance with NPC protocol. Structures to be erected include seven tents for the field camp, which will stand from May 22 to September 6, 2018, and from February 26 to March 12, 2019 (total of 4 months). We will aim to establish field camp in an area suitable for landing a Twin Otter (flat area, nothing over a foot in height, 300 feet in length). Camp will stand on the tundra (see project map). Camp will also include an electrified bear fence. Local resources to be used include accommodations for five people in Resolute Bay and at the Eureka Weather Station. We will also use the airstrip located at Eureka. We are still in the process of securing a Canadian Arctic logistics company, but we have emphasized a desire to work with an Inuit campguard/polar bear monitor. Our project will take place at Eureka Weather Station during the den scouting phases, and we will film on a remote area of Ellesmere Island 242 miles north of the closest Inuit community, Grise Fiord. We will also film in the Sawtooth Mountain Range which is over 200 miles from the closest Inuit community. We have communicated with AADNC/INAC and QIA to obtain a map describing the location of sensitive areas and will avoid these. We are filming in a remote area of Ellesmere Island with no known history. We have considered alternative sites at different wolf dens that are still over 200 miles away from the nearest Inuit community of Grise Fiord. Our site of interest is a remote location 242 miles from the nearest Inuit community of Grise Fiord. The bulk of our project’s activities take place in this remote location. Equipment and crew will pass through Resolute Bay and Eureka Weather Station on their way to establishing the field camp. We reached out to Community Liaison Officer Susan Salluviniq at Resolute Bay to let her know we’d be passing through. She expressed no concerns.
Persons: 5
Days: 150
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
3280 polygon
Planning Regions:
Affected Areas and Land Types
Settlement Area
North Baffin Planning Region
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Site Cleanup/Remediation
Temporary Structures
Licensing Agencies
Other Licensing Requirements
Class A Land Use Permit
Material Use
Type Quantity Size Use
ATV - 2017 Kawasaki Brute Force 300 3 75.4" x 42.5" x 46.1" Transportation in the field; following and filming Arctic wolves
Snowmachine - Ski-doo Skandic WT 550F 3 10.62' x 42.4" x 52.3" Transportation in the field; following and filming Arctic wolves
Helicopter - Bell 206B 1 40' length; 33' wingspan Scouting wolf den location; determining field camp location; long-lining equipment to field camp
Airplane - Bombardier Dash 8 1 73' length; 24.5' height; 90' wingspan Transport of equipment and crew from Yellowknife to Eureka Weather Station via Resolute Bay
Airplane - DHC-6 Twin Otter 1 51.75' length; 19.2' height; 65' wingspan Resupply trips from Resolute Bay to Eureka
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Gasoline 15 50 Gallons ATV, Snowmachine, and camp fuel
Propane 5 4.7 Gallons Heat for camp
Propane 1 23.5 Gallons Heat for camp
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
N/A 0 0 Liters N/A
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
0 Collection of fresh water from streams and ponds (surface water) (NOTE: Est. daily amt = 0.038m^3) Streams and ponds near our field camp (location TBD; see project map for approx. location)
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
Environmental impact of our project would include: grey water produced by our field camp; human refuse; helicopter noise; generator noise; and our presence on the tundra. We will also be searching for, tracking, and observing Arctic wolves. Our subject has worked with Arctic wolves before, and we also have wildlife biologist Kira Cassidy who studies Arctic wolves and is a student of Arctic wolf expert Dan MacNulty. We intend to collect grey water and spread it out over a large area for evaporation. We will make a latrine pit for disposal of human refuse, at least 30 meters from nearest water source and at least 2 meters above groundwater level. Generators will run for about four hours a day. We will take care to avoid disturbing wildlife and people with helo flights. Considering our distance from the nearest Inuit community (242 miles), the only people affected by helo flights will likely be other groups working in the Eureka area. We will have a trained camp manager/polar bear monitor (sourced through Canadian arctic logistics company) in place and an electrified bear fence. We will also construct an airstrip for a Twin Otter to land for resupply trips.
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
Greywater 700 gallons Boil water Spread over large area for evaporation
Sewage (human waste) 700 gallons Avoid contamination of water sources Latrine pit
Other N/A N/A Avoiding wildlife/people
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2018-02-05
Originator: Goump Djalogue
Public Registry ID: 13568
Document Size: 171.44 Kb
Category: Application related document - Other document
Recieved: 2018-01-22
Originator: Allan Thompson
Public Registry ID: 13531
Document Size: 520.43 Kb
2018-01-18 16:17:35, from: Goump Djalogue
 Application rerturned to you for revision as per your request.

2018-01-18 16:37:37, from: Jeremy Wheeler
 Project proposal has been updated; additional permitting documents (for AADNC/INAC, Nunavut Water Board, and Government of Nunavut) are forthcoming.


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?
i. If not, explain why such flights are or may be absolutely necessary.
Low-level helicopter flights are necessary for the successful location of a wolf den in Phases 1 and 2, and for tracking a wolf pack. These are absolutely necessary activities as we are making a documentary on the lives of a specific pack of Arctic wolves.
ii. If such flights are or may be absolutely necessary, will they avoid disturbance to people and wildlife?
iii. If not, explain why it is not possible to avoid such disturbance.
We will avoid disturbance to people and wildlife at all costs; however, we recognize the impact of noise on wildlife as a consequence of low-level helicopter flights. We will avoid flying close to wolves and other wildlife whenever possible.

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)?