Category Archives: Biophilia

How trees talk to each other

In this TED video, Suzanne Simard, a well published Professor of Forestry at the University of British Columbia, tells an amazing story of how trees nurture each other and makes compelling scientific arguments for taking a new approach to forest … Continue reading

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Connecting to Wapane’kati

I attended the MTRI Old Forest Conservation Science Meeting at Debert this past week, anticipating that it would be a good experience and it was. I am guessing the attendance was about 80 people, from all walks – foresters, rangers, … Continue reading

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Glorious Days of October in the “Backlands”

A few photos from today in the “Backlands”, an area of granitic outcrops and Jack Pines on the Halifax south mainland. The Spryfield fire on April 30/May 1, 2009 burned approximately 800 ha of this highly fire-prone landscape, but not … Continue reading

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Forest Soundscapes

This piece caught my eye recently: Gigantic wooden megaphones amplify the sounds of the forest in Estonia . It begins: “If you’ve ever enjoyed a walk in the woods, you’ve probably noticed the simultaneous “peace and quiet” and subtle busy-ness … Continue reading

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“Forest Bathing” in Nova Scotia

An AP article by Beth J Hapaz in Japan Today describes “forest bathing” as mindful walks in the woods. “It’s the practice of immersing yourself in nature to improve your well-being, and interest in the concept is growing, with spas, … 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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Oldest known Pine Tree fossils are in NS!

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Celebrating Yellow Birch

Yesterday I attended the dedication of a new NS Nature Trust property on Partridge Island in Parrsboro. (View Press Release.) The presence of a healthy stand of 70% yellow birch is a celebrated feature of the property and the island. … Continue reading

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Intervale Travails

Earlier in July, I spent a day slugging through hawthorns on one of Nova Scotia’s remnant intervale (floodplain) forests looking for flowers of the now rare wild leek. The intervale forests are remnant because the first European settlers liked to … Continue reading

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Youngsters inspire

Sometimes it’s easy to get very down about the state of our landscape in 2016. Old timers, among whom I count myself at this point, have to hope that coming generations will not have lost the connections to nature that … Continue reading

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