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Letters and Op-eds May 14-17, 2018

#1 In OPINION: Forests provide for flora, fauna — and, yes, forgotten folks like me (Chronicle Herald, May 14, 2018), Stacie Carroll says that acorns can teach us about creating a plentiful future, while bemoaning what she sees as the … 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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Thanks – and no thanks – for grey skies on Thanksgiving Monday

It’s certainly the first time I have welcomed a really wet Thanksgiving Monday, but welcome it is. Patrick Duplessis, a PhD in Physics & Atmospheric Science at Dalhousie University tweets about weather and early today it reads “Big numbers for … Continue reading

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Nova Scotia Forests of the Anthropocene: More Youthful and Slender; Winners and Losers; Sunnier Soils Ahead

Donna Crossland will talk on this topic at a meeting of the Blomidon Field Naturalists on Monday, October 17, 2016 at Acadia University. View details. I attended an earlier version of this presentation at the Nature Nova Scotia 2016 Conference … Continue reading

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Margaret Miller on Glyphosate: I am glad she is talking to Chief Gloade

Margaret Miller, Nova Scotia’s Minister of Environment, was interviewed this a.m. about glyphosate spraying of forests on CBC’s Information Morning (Fri, Sep 16, 2016). She said glyphosate has been used on our forests for 30 years. It was re-evaluated by … Continue reading

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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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Ecologist’s perspective on the Keji-area fires

Hopefully the heavy rain over the last 24 hours has finally extinguished the fires in SW Nova Scotia. Donna Crossland, acting Ecologist for Parks Canada at Keji and on a team that has been fighting two of the fires, was … Continue reading

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Forest Fire in Medway Communty Forest near Kejimkujik National Park

“The leader of a community co-operative that manages forest near Kejimkujik National Park says the forest fires burning since Thursday are a “tough hit,” but not unexpected…The part of the forest believed to have first caught fire had black spruce … Continue reading

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