Monthly Archives: September 2016

If ever we needed rain…

It just rained intensively for about 20 minutes, then stopped. I wish it would last as a drizzle for 3+ days. We expect fires in the spring in Nova Scotia, but large fires have been rare in the fall. Nova … Continue reading

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In awe of mature forest in Nova Scotia

Zak Metcalfe, writing in the CH, expresses feelings so many of us feel when we walk through a mature or old growth forest, now so rare in Nova Scotia. The sensation of stepping into a forest of relative maturity is … Continue reading

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Old Forest Conservation Science Conference Oct 19-21, 2016

The Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute is holding an Old Forest Conservation Science Conference at the Debert Hospitality Centre, Nova Scotia on October 19th-21st, 2016. Conference topics include: – Research, monitoring and stewardship – Private land conservation – First Nations perspective … Continue reading

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This a.m in the news: Defending clearcuts, Concerns about spraying, and More clearcuts near protected spaces

Two letters in the CH today argue that all is well. “Woodlot owners are well on their way to making Nova Scotia the greenest forest constituency in North America.” says Kingsley Brown, President, Nova Scotia Landowners and Forest Fibre Producers … Continue reading

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CBC Information morning on Forestry Changes

In an 8 minute segment on CBC’s Information Morning yesterday (hosted by Don Connolly), Michael Gorman described some of the criticism that people he interviewed expressed about the way the province handles our forests. Nova Scotia Natural Resources Minister Lloyd … Continue reading

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Digby area foresters look to Finland to address issues in NS forestry

A small group of foresters from the Digby area including Harold Alexander “who has worked the woods in Digby County for more than 30 years, and four other will travel to Finland. The group will attempt to learn why that … Continue reading

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Feeling the heat

UPDATE (Sep 9): The herbicide info meeting didn’t go so well. “A meeting intended to reassure people on the safety of glyphosate use on forests became heated at times, with many residents expressing their concerns.” Read more in the Truro … Continue reading

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Evaluation of Glyphosate get’s political in N.S…

Not to be outpaced by N.B. (view previous post), now the science of the effects of glyphosate related to spraying forest land has entered the arena in Nova Scotia. “Nova Scotia’s top medical official says herbicide concerns are ill-founded” (CBC … Continue reading

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Progress Report did not highlight key priorities in NSDNR Business Plan

It’s curious (and concerning) that the recently released Progress Report on the 2011-2020 Natural Resources Strategy and the related Press Release dwell on feel-good items such as the Community Forest, establishing a Forest Biodiversity Science Advisory Committee and a new … Continue reading

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Oldest known Pine Tree fossils are in NS!

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