January 19, 2020

Government of Canada invests to protect Eastern Hemlock forests in Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site

From: Parks Canada
https://www.canada.ca/en/parks-canada/news/2019/12/government-of-canada-invests-to-protect-eastern-hemlock-forests-in-kejimkujik-national-park-and-national-historic-site.html

News release
December 16, 2019 Maitland Bridge, Nova Scotia Parks Canada Agency

The Government of Canada is committed to preserving our national parks, protecting and restoring healthy, resilient ecosystems and contributing to the recovery of species at risk.

Today, the Government of Canada announced a federal investment of $1.4 million to enhance existing efforts to protect the threatened Eastern Hemlock forests in Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site. The announcement was made by the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and Member of Parliament for South Shore—St. Margaret’s, on behalf of the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada.

Eastern Hemlock trees are critical to the park’s ecosystem and provides important habitat for many other species. The trees have lately been under threat from Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, an aphid-like insect, unintentionally introduced in Eastern North America from Asia, which has killed thousands of Eastern Hemlock trees over the past three decades in the United States. In 2017, this invasive species was found in southwest Nova Scotia and, a year later, was detected in Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site. The insect is a significant threat to the park’s forest and up to 80 percent of Kejimkujik’s Eastern Hemlock trees could be lost over the next three to ten years. Although it is not possible to completely eradicate this invasive species, Parks Canada acted early, implementing several measures in the park to control the insect’s population and slow its spread and impact.

As a result of the funding announced today, Parks Canada will continue collaborating with partners to implement new measures to reduce the spread of the invasive Hemlock Woolly Adelgid and increase the resiliency of Eastern Hemlock. Through the Slow the Spread – Ensuring resilience in the forests of Kejimkujik with Hemlock Woolly Adelgid project, control methods for priority old growth forests will be investigated. Parks Canada will also use silviculture and planting as a way to manage the growth, composition and health of priority hemlock forests in the park. Over the next five years, Parks Canada will have implemented critical steps to manage the invasive Hemlock Woolly Adelgid.

Parks Canada collaborates with academic and scientific institutions on ecological projects and partners with Indigenous communities and organizations across the country to conserve and restore natural ecosystems and important habitat. By working together, we can protect and conserve Canada’s key ecosystems for future generations.

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February 21, 2019

Giants of Nova Scotia - Calendar Project update

A big shout out to everyone that helped out with the Giants of Nova Scotia 2019 calendar project.

All 1,000 calendars found a home and a little over $3,500 was raised for the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute for the on-going fight against invasive species like Hemlock Woolly Adelgid.

And tucked underneath the beautiful photos of Nova Scotia's trees and forest was the message -- acquire your firewood where you burn it.

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May 08, 2018

Giants of Nova Scotia - celebrate beauty + HWA message

Giants of Nova Scotia is a project started in February 2018 to raise the awareness of HWA by celebrating the beauty of Nova Scotia's trees and forests with a gentle message about how individuals can help to keep it that way.

The plan is to create a 2019 calendar from photos submitted in a contest with all proceeds going to the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute to help them with their HWA efforts.

The photo contest closes : September 14, 2018

The calendar will be available for sale : approximately October 31, 2018

As the project has evolved, support from the local Instagram community has meant that online media has become an important tool for raising awareness.

For more information:

About the Project + sign-up for email updates : www.giantsofnovascotia.com

Instagram : www.instagram.com/giantsofnovascotia

Facebook : www.facebook.com/giantsofnovascotia

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May 03, 2018

Citizen Science Expo - May 5, 2018 - Kentville

Ron Neville from CFIA will be at the Citizen Science Expo in Kentville on Saturday May 5, 2018.

From their poster ...

Interested in the science and how the world works? Come out and meet real scientists dedicated to understanding the world around and us and learn how you can contribute to Science projects around Nova Scotia and the world?

The Citizen Science Expo, presented by the Blomidon Naturalist Society will feature organisations, researchers and citizen science projects from around the Province.

Learn about species at risk, wetlands, nature walk opportunities, sea turtles, shore birds, chimney swifts, invasive plants, fish and so much more!

1-2 Browse the booths
2-3 Presentations and Workshops
3-3:30 wrap-up the sessions.

Free

contact: ianmanning4@gmail.com
phone: 9023004328

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