Category Archives: Pests

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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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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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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Warblers galore, spruce budworm & tweets

Spectacular birding in Quebec, but Nova Scotia also has lots to attract birders as well as birds with or without a budworm outbreak! There is a lot of excitement in the bird world: “At an observatory in Quebec, they were … Continue reading

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Emerald Ash Borer now in New Brunswick

Via a post on the Nature NS Listserv by Ian Manning, I learned that the Emerald Ash Borer is now in New Brunswick: CFIA Press Release, May 17, 2018 Some interesting perspectives follow: CS (May 18, 2018): Interesting that there … Continue reading

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Diseased beech increasing, other hardwoods declining in NE North America – could a 2nd exotic beech pest to enter NA via Nova Scotia redirect change again?

There’s lot’s about tree pests and diseases to observe and think about as we approach a new season in Nova Scotia’s forests American beech, although highly affected by the beech bark disease that got its start in Nova Scotia in … Continue reading

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Nova Scotia’s “Early Intervention Strategy” for spruce budworm 35 years late

Forty odd years after Elizabeth May launched her campaign against budworm spraying in Cape Breton, and approximately 35 years since the last budworm outbreak petered out, we are again looking for a quick fix to stop or slow the next … Continue reading

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Giants of Nova Scotia

Giving some relief to the stream of mostly negative news about forests and forestry in Nova Scotia, Tom Rogers has launched¬†Giants of Nova Scotia to “celebrate the beauty of Nova Scotia’s trees and forest through a 2019 Calendar with all … Continue reading

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Hemlock vampires are firmly established in southwest Nova Scotia

The public first learned about the arrival of the hemlock wooly adelgid, appropriately labelled the Hemlock Vampies, in August. At that time we were told: To date, hemlock woolly adelgid has been found in Digby, Yarmouth and Shelburne counties. The … Continue reading

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Nova Scotia forests and forestry are in the news and cameras lenses as the Independent Review moves into Phase 2

About mines, pulp effluent, hemlock vampires, the state of the forest, land protection and the Independent Review deliberations Sometimes my attempt to provide a “record of events, news and opinions on the subject of forests and forestry in Nova Scotia … Continue reading

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