Past Events

From Nov 18, 2016 on

May 4, 2017. Part 5 in the Cap and Trade, Panel Series: Resource Economies
Sponsored by EAC. “A panel series on developing Nova Scotia’s cap-and-trade system
Nova Scotia will implement a cap-and trade system in 2018. Join moderator, Dr. Meinhard Doelle, and panelists for a series of six free panel events on developing Nova Scotia’s cap-and-trade system.” Part 5 will be in Wolfville, place TBA.

May 2, 2017 in New Glascow: Rehabilitation of the Appalachian Deciduous Forest

Intervale forest on Meander River, N.S.
May 19, 2011

Nova Scotia was a mosaic of different forest associations that reflected differences in rock, soil, climate and First Nations management. While a large portion of the landscape was covered with Red Spruce, the Atlantic coastline was boreal with Black and White Spruce, and well-drained uplands of Cape Breton and the Cobequids and fertile floodplains were hardwood associations. These hardwoods are northern extensions of the Appalachian Deciduous Forest and they change with climate change. The fertile floodplain portion of this Forest contains various rare elements and floodplain rehabilitation at a provincial level should be part of a continental plan to facilitate and conserve biodiversity as species distributions change and adapt to new habitats. At a local level, forest rehabilitation along rivers has the added benefits of mitigating flooding, improving water quality and wildlife habitat, and stimulating recreation opportunities

Speaker: Nick Hill, Fern Hill Institute for Plant Conservation
Place: Community room of the New Glasgow Library, 182 Dalhousie St.
Time: 6:30 p.m.

woodlandMonday, March 27, 2017: Nature’s Symbiotic Symphony
Presentation by Norris Whiston to NS Wild Flora Society. All welcome.
NS Museum of Natural History, Summer Street, Halifax 7:30 p.m. (Enter by Parking Lot entrance.)

Earth came with all the essential elements needed to foster life, but – it has taken a very long time and many biological transformations to make those elements into useable elements to foster the Earth’s current wealth of biodiversity. This presentation will cover a portion of the changes to Earth’s atmosphere, soils, and waters that have allowed our present life forms to exist. The presentation will also give some of the various roles many flora and fauna play in ecosystems and the effects of current human activities on those ecosystems.
View NSWFS for more details

Sunday, April 2 , 2017 (Moved from March 5, 2017): Clearcutting: The Impact on Forest Ecology & Climate Change
Panel Discussion followed by Q & A
2pm at Inverness Volunteer Fire Hall (Route 19), Central Avenue, Inverness, NS
Tea & Coffee Served
Everyone Welcome

Albert Marshall is a Mi’kmaq elder from Eskasoni who has a long history of activism in the protection of Mother Earth. Albert and his wife Murdena developed the concept of Etuaptmumk, or Two-Eyed Seeing, and founded the Integrative Science programme at Cape Breton University based on this philosophy of combining Mi’kmaq and Western scientific knowledge. Albert is the recipient of an Honourary Doctorate from Cape Breton University.

Bob Bancroft is the president of Nature Nova Scotia, former Regional Biologist for Eastern Nova Scotia, and operator of a wildlife/forestry consultancy. He is a frequent contributor to CBC Radio, and was inducted into the Nova Scotia Forestry Hall of Fame in 2013.

Carrie-Ellen Gabriel is a PhD candidate at Dalhousie University’s Earth Sciences department. The focus of her research examines the destabilization of soil organic matter in the characteristic soils of the Acadian forest in response to forest harvesting, as well as the effects on carbon storage.

April 22, 2017: Medway Community Forest AGM

“Join us for our 2017 AGM and Conference on April 22 from 10-3 in the North Queens Business Hub in Caledonia at the rear of the firehall building. The conference portion of the meeting will take place in the morning and will be open to the public, and lunch will be provided for all attendees. We will be featuring speakers in the morning that will be touching on topics including the Seven Mile Lake Fire, non-timber forest products, new business opportunities in the MCFC and the future of the pilot project from the perspective of DNR. Our regular AGM for members will be held from 1-3.” North Queens Business Hub
9793 Highway 8 Caledonia, Nova Scotia B0T1B0 More details

Saturday Jan 21, 2017: Firewood, Wildlife and the Well Managed Forest
Presentation by Bob Bancroft to The Nova Scotia Firewood Club
2:00 p.m. at the Tantallon Library.
“Bob is a well-known, popular guest on CBC Radio Noon. He was an extension (education) biologist, editor, and fisheries biologist before leaving the provincial civil service in 1999. Currently president of Nature Nova Scotia, Bob led a scientific panel in 2009-2010 that was asked by government to make recommendations for a new forest strategy
Read more in The Masthead News

Dec 4, 2016 Forestry Forum Inverness (Council of Canadians)
2-4 pm at Inverness Fire Hall
Inverness Fire Hall, 15797 Central Avenue, Inverness, Nova Scotia
Andrew Fedora, Port Hawkesbury Paper
Kari Easthouse, Nova Scotia Landowners & Forest Fibre Producers
Allan Eddy, Associate Deputy Minister, Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources
Sam Ainsworth, horse logging forestry operator
Bob Bancroft, president of Nature Nova Scotia, former Regional Biologist for Eastern Nova Scotia
Records of the event: Full Audio, Excerpt 1 (video), Excerpt 2 (video)

Will Martin

Will Martin

Monday Nov 28, 2016 Will Martin: How the sharing economy can enable good forestry and why that’s really important for conservation goals
Presentation to Nova Scotia Wild Flora Society. All welcome. 7:30 p.m. at Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer Street, Halifax.
This talk will explore how existing timber markets often make more sustainable forestry practices in Nova Scotia impossible and how new economic patterns emerging through web technology may unlock these challenges in a powerful new way. Dubbed “the Sharing Economy”, new internet platforms are helping people all over the world share information and build cooperative markets that can actually outcompete even the largest incumbents. By telling the story of launching, Will is going to highlight how it may be possible to use this approach to solve some of the most intractable problems in how we manage our forests. Will is co-founder of WoodsCamp Technologies Inc. Co-chair of the Medway Community Forest Co-op, and a past president of the Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners and Operators Association. More details at

Thursday Nov 24, 2016 Discussion on the past and future of Nova Scotia’s Forests
Thursday, Nov. 24 at 7 P.M. at Beacon United Church Parlour. Donna Crossland will be giving a presentation on Nova Scotia Forests: How they once were, and how they should be managed, based on natural disturbances and a desire for an ecologically sustainable future. Read more on TREPA

untitledSaturday Nov 19, 2016 Lichen Field Identification Workshop (MTRI)
9 am to 4 pm, with Francis Anderson at Mooseland, NS. Click on image at right for details.

Friday Nov 18, 2016 Women in Forestry Workshop
The third in a series of hands-on, one-day workshops for women with an interest in woodland knowledge. 9 a.m at medway Community Forest. “Whether you’re a female woodlot owner, an aspiring forester, or simply looking to learn more about forests and their interactions, this workshop may be for you!” View Poster

Friday Nov 18, 2016 Council of Canadians: Clear Cut Question”: Is Biomass Energy Sustainable?
biomass-clearcut-panel-coc-poster-18-11-2016 The Council of Canadians is sponsoring a panel discussion of a “Clear Cut Question”: Is Biomass Energy Sustainable?
Panelists are Bob Bancroft, Richard Pearson and Mary Jane Rodgers. The discussion takes place Friday, November 18, 2016. 7-9 pm at the Mahone Bay Centre (45 School St. Mahone Bay). Bob Bancroft is a well known wildlife biologist and co-author of the 2010 Report Restoring the Health of Nova Scotia’s Forests who has argued that our forests are seriously overcut and that we need to give them a rest. Richard Pearson is a business person with a background in sustainable development who is promoting a small scale biomass energy project for Bridgewater. Mary Jane Rodger is with the Medway Community Forest Co-op.
View Report on the Meeting (In Lighthouse Now)

Monday Feb. 27, 2017: The Forested Wetlands Project

Forested wetlandA developing Forested Wetlands Project will be the topic of a presentation by Logan Gray and Sydney Bliss to Nova Scotia Wild Flora Society, 7:30 p.m. at Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History in Halifax; all welcome. View Details

“Forested wetlands are an important part of the broad coastal landscape of the Atlantic provinces. Although these habitats are likely to be as sensitive to disturbance as other wetlands, they have been overlooked and understudied. Because of the presence of trees and their more complex vegetation structure, forested wetlands are likely very diverse and and have distinctive aspects to their ecosystem functioning.

“The Forested Wetland Project, funded under the Atlantic Ecosystems Initiative, was initiated in 2016 through collaboration of [researchers at] Dalhousie, Mount St. Vincent and Memorial Universities. Its objectives are to “characterize biodiversity of different types of [Maritime] wetlands (structural, plant, bird, lichen, fungal diversity); relate different aspects of biodiversity in forested wetlands to assess their vulnerability to biodiversity loss; and to determine the role of forested wetlands in the carbon cycle by monitoring tree decomposition.

“The Nova Scotia Wild Flora Society is one of the NGO partners who are asked to provide input on locations of forested wetlands, identify interesting features and challenges and assist in the dissemination and discussion of results. It is early on in the project and this presentation is intended help to engage NSWFS members and others in the project. Logan Gray is the Project Manager for the Nova Scotia team, Sydeny’s focus is on birds.”


This project is a welcome initiative. Treed bogs and fens and wooded swamps are among Nova Scotia’s most common wetlands. No special approval is required for harvesting trees in these wetlands; minimal watercourse protection regulations apply (re: NS Wetland policy). In addition, roads through forested wetlands, and harvesting operations in the vicinity of forested wetlands can have serious effects on their functioning.

March 2,2017: Eastern Hardwood Conference
Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre,9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Advanced Registration Only
“The objective of the 2017 Eastern Hardwood Conference is to examine the potential of hardwood management as a mechanism to improve our local forests, communities and economy. We strongly believe that our hardwood resource is an under valued and recognized resource that could, with proper management, play an important roll in our regions economy. Various factors such as our changing climate, carbon markets, forest restoration objectives and the need for economic diversification point to our natural Acadian Hardwood Forests as a wise ecological and economic investment. This conference is for landowners, contractors, and anybody who takes interested in appropriate management of our hardwood resources.”

Sunday Mar 19, 2017: ‘Clear cut’- Harm to our Woodlands discussion
Presentation by Donna Crossland, BSc, BEd, MScF.
Sunday March 19, 2017, 7-9pm
Myrtle and Rosie’s Cafe
1880 Clementsvale Rd., Bear River.

DNR (The NS provincial Department of Natural Resources) encourages us not to worry about clearcutting in public forests since harvest decisions are “science-based”. But clearcutting is more harmful in southwestern NS than anywhere else in the Maritimes.

Why is our region so unique?

Learn about some of the new (and inconvenient) “science” that has not been incorporated into DNR’s reality, from impacts to trout and salmon to the quality of the dirt that trees grow in.

Savour some desert and sip delicious coffee/tea while discussing the ecology of our local woodlands. Donna welcomes discussion of how best to manage our Crown forests…which risk being managed by local mill interests for the next decade.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017 HABITAT: the forgotten need of birds in the much-acclaimed, science-based forest management of NS.
Donna Crossland talks to NS Bird Society.
Taking a bird’s eye view of Nova Scotia’s recent forest management practices, the “science” that is used by NS Department of Natural Resources to claim that forest practices are sustainable, and the science that is conveniently ignored. Time to ‘stop listing’ and ‘start speaking’ on behalf of bird habitat.

Donna Crossland was a National Park Warden for Parks Canada for 16 years. She is currently employed as a biologist at Kejimkujik National Park. Among her tasks, she conducts forest songbird surveys for Keji, as part of our forest monitoring program.

7:30PM Lower Auditorium, NS Museum of Natural History – All welcome
Open to the public and refreshments to follow.