The Local Climate – The Mighty are Falling

The Eastern hemlock is a force of nature in Nova Scotia. Not only is it among the most common trees in the province, it’s invariably the oldest. It was routinely ignored by foresters past and present in favour of more valuable species like red spruce, white pine and hardwoods more generally. As a consequence the...

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The Local Climate – A Question of Legitimacy

The sanctity of Nova Scotia’s protected areas has taken a beating in recent years, especially those of the Eastern Shore, their significance dragged through either corporate or political mud in order to justify their dismantling, a sharp contrast to the multitudes of money and time once invested in their longevity. By now you’ve heard of...

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The Local Climate – Finding Baseline

It was the 3rd of June, 2018, when I drove a rental car four hours into the central wilds of Vancouver Island, searching for a single gigantic tree. Stories of this arboreal titan came to me from locals who, at least on the surface, weren’t all that excited or impressed that I was going out...

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