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Into the woods

Posted by Andrew Kekacs on 8 September 2013

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CBC

We all know Canadian kids need to be more active.
Now there's a growing movement to get them out into nature for a large part of their day.
The trend - called Forest Schools - has already caught on in Northern Europe, and one of the movement's leading proponents is a Maritimer.

Read more ... http://www.cbc.ca/maritimemagazine/2013/06/10/into-the-woods/

Red spruce recovers

Posted by Andrew Kekacs on 8 September 2013

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Science Daily

In the 1970s, red spruce was the forest equivalent of a canary in the coal mine, signaling that acid rain was damaging forests and that some species, especially red spruce, were particularly sensitive to this human induced damage. In the course of studying the lingering effects of acid rain and whether trees stored less carbon as a result of winter injury, U.S. Forest Service and University of Vermont scientists came up with a surprising result -- three decades later, the canary is feeling much better.

Read more ... http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/08/130830143910.htm

Salamanders, healthy ecosystems linked

Posted by Andrew Kekacs on 8 September 2013

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Science Daily

Woodland salamanders are a viable indicator of forest ecosystem recovery, according to researchers from the U.S. Forest Service's Pacific Southwest Research Station.  

Read more ... http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/08/130828144845.htm

The chandelier in the forest

Posted by Andrew Kekacs on 8 September 2013

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BY JIM WALKER, SPECIAL TO THE VANCOUVER SUN

My lifelong commitment to conservation spurs from my close association with nature during my idyllic, storybook boyhood on the famous Miramichi River in New Brunswick, fly fishing for Atlantic salmon.

http://www.vancouversun.com/chandelier+forest/8855241/story.html

Back to Nature

Posted by Andy Kekacs on 12 August 2013

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If you live in an urban area, do you deal with stress by taking a vacation somewhere rural or wild? Many of us do. So, have you ever wondered why and how immersing yourself in a more natural environment makes you feel different? Why do we feel restored when we take a walk in the great outdoors?

Read more … http://www.cbc.ca/thinkaboutit/episodes/2013/07/29/the-natural-brain/

Bumper mosquito crop bugs Nova Scotians

Posted by Andy Kekacs on 12 August 2013

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A bumper crop of mosquitoes this year is all some in parts of Nova Scotia are talking about.

“They’re pretty nasty down here. I just got bit by one it felt like a bee sting almost,” said Frank Melanson at his cottage in Tatamagouche.

Read morehttp://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/story/2013/08/07/ns-mosquitoes.html

 

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