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Forest fires threaten large areas of western Nova Scotia

Posted by Christie Verstraten on 9 August 2016

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Fire crews have been fighting three forest fires in western NS since the evening of Thursday, Aug. 4th. At least one of those fires is still burning out of control. The three fires are located near: Kejimkujik National Park, Seven Mile Lake on Medway Community Forest Coop lands, and Greenfield in Queens County. On Tuesday, Aug. 9th the NS Department of Natural Resources announced restrictions on camping, hiking and fishing on forested Crown land in Nova Scotia.

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Ecologist warns that decline of boreal felt lichen an indicator of declining forest health

Posted by Christie Verstraten on 24 June 2016

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An ecologist with the NS Department of Environment warns that the steep projected decline of endangered boreal felt lichen over the next 25 years is an indicator of declining forest health in NS.

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NS researcher gives up decade-long search for elusive cougar

Posted by Christie Verstraten on 29 April 2016

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After a decade of searching, a researcher working in Kejimkujik National Park in western NS has given up the hunt for the elusive eastern cougar.

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Climate change impacts weakening temperate forest regions around the world

Posted by Christie Verstraten on 24 September 2015

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Severe droughts, disease, more extensive wildfires, and other climate change-related impacts are threatening and transforming the Earth's temperate forests. Some areas could convert to grasslands or shrublands over the next few decades, if not properly managed.

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Warming climates are causing expanded ranges and earlier arrivals for blacklegged ticks

Posted by Christie Verstraten on 20 February 2015

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Warmer spring temperatures in northeastern US are leading to earlier arrivals of Lyme disease-carrying blacklegged ticks and increasing their geographic range.

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Early game wardens and land stewardship

Posted by Christie Verstraten on 2 February 2015

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As you wait for better weather to get out and enjoy the woods, why not read about the lives of early game sanctuary wardens and their commitment to land stewardship? 

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How do small birds survive the winter?

Posted by Christie Verstraten on 30 January 2015

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With obstacles like severe weather conditions, predation by larger animals and food shortages, how do small birds survive the winter?

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Can mainland moose be saved?

Posted by Andrew Kekacs on 7 December 2014

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Can moose in mainland Nova Scotia be saved from extirpation? 

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Maple sap production declines after big seed year

Posted by Andrew Kekacs on 5 November 2014

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Research reveals a new way to predict sap production: How many seed helicopters rained down from the trees the year before.

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Tree height linked to climate

Posted by Andrew Kekacs on 16 August 2014


Since Galileo's time, people have wondered what determines maximum tree height: Where are the tallest trees, and why are they so tall?

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