Category Archives: Acadian Forest

Thanks for sensitive management of an old forest in Nova Scotia

A few photos from the  Conform Limited/NSWOOA field day (Oct 6) on “Harvesting the Old-Fashioned Way: Smaller Machines and Bigger Trees” say a lot  about Conform’s and the woodlot owner’s efforts to harvest selectively in a mixed, multi-aged “overmature” stand with as … Continue reading

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Worry about exotic forest pests and climate warming prompts talk about fertilizing deficient soils, reducing clearcuts and Assisted Range Expansion

Could we add a dozen or so species to our hardwoods to better adapt to climate warming and increase resilience to pests? A recent post on the Federation of Nova Scotia Woodland Owners Facebook page on how we might reduce … Continue reading

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Kespukwitk Two-Eyed Seeing Gathering at Bear River First Nation on October 18 and 19, 2018

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New documentary on Hemlock Wooly Adelgid in Nova Scotia

An informative, up-to-date documentary on Hemlock Wooly Adelgid in Nova Scotia has just been released by the Blomidon Field Naturalists. The significance of eastern hemlock in NS and the possible impacts of HWA (aka “hemlock vampires“) are discussed in the … Continue reading

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Presentation on Old Forests in the Maritimes at MTRI Thurs 5 July 2018

The Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute (MTRI) 2018 Summer Seminar Series has begun. Just gone by (Thurs Jun 28): Freya Clark of the Medway Community Forest Co-op talked on the topic “What is Community Forestry?”. Just announced: Old Forests in the … Continue reading

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Could forest fragmentation be a factor in the high incidence of blacklegged tick/lyme in Nova Scotia?

The evidence is sufficient that I breathe more easily when traversing larger patches of older forest, and I am more on guard for blacklegged ticks/lyme when I am in smaller patches or in and out of clearcuts. UPDATE July 10, … Continue reading

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Are cats more destructive to Nova Scotia’s forest birds than clearcutting?

NSDNR says Yes. The science indicates that there are far more direct kills of birds by cats  year to year than from forestry operations but the indirect effects of extensive clearcutting on short rotations in Nova Scotia are much more damaging in the longer term … Continue reading

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He went for a walk in the woods but the woods were gone

It’s time to pass an Environmental Bill of Rights for Nova Scotia, as already proposed by Denise Peterson-Rafuse in a Private Member’s Bill, Oct 14, 2016 A line in SURETTE: A Silver Donald lining for global green struggle by Ralph … Continue reading

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Logging during bird breeding season raises the ire of Nova Scotia birdwatchers

A post and a subsequent series of exchanges on Birding News – Nova Scotia (where the Nature Nova Scotia Listserv is made publicly available) highlight an oft-expressed concern about logging in Nova Scotia: why is logging permitted during peak breeding … Continue reading

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Celebrating spring and a bit of ornithological humour

I never have minded a late spring, as it means we can just enjoy it later into the year. I made this collage after a walk in forest by Sandy Lake (Bedford) a few days ago to celebrate. Click on … Continue reading

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