From the ashes, a new beginning

There has been very little news recently in Nova Scotia about the Emerald Ash Borer.  We hope its a non-event, but this is unlikely given how the bug has affected other areas.  The following is from a small town in Ontario where they've been dealing with EAB for the last decade.  Reprinted with permission ...

From the ashes, a new beginning

13  trees in Lindsay’s tiny Peace Park, located just north of Central Senior Public School on Albert Street.

All were ash, all were infested by emerald ash borers.

It was, on a small scale, a foretaste of what is happening across the City; experts say all of our 24,000 ash trees will succumb.

For Peace Park, the loss was particularly poignant:  A plaque mounted near the stumps let visitors know the trees had represented not only our ten provinces and three territories, but “hope for the future.”

In past weeks the ash stumps were removed and planting holes prepared.

Recently, Parks Department Crew Leader Shaun Davidson supervised as a tractor l…

Important Year to Collect Ash Seeds

The National Tree Seed Centre in Fredericton is asking the public to help it increase its collection of ash tree seeds this year.

This is a seed year and the next one could be 5 to 7 years away.  By that time the Emerald Ash Borer could substantially change the ash forests of the Maritimes.

For more information, see :

August is Tree 'Check Month'

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and partners across North America are marking August as "Tree Check Month."  Throughout August, Canadians are encouraged to check their trees and gardens, or property they frequent, for signs of insects, disease and fungi that harm plants.

Complete release here :

Scientists trying new technique to prevent Emerald Ash Borer in Nova Scotia

Federal scientists are trying to bait the invasive emerald ash borer with fungus-filled traps set in the branches of Bedford trees.

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HRM Survey -- What to do about EAB

Do you have an opinion about how the Halifax Regional Municipality should deal with the Emerald Ash Borer?

They want to hear it.  Go to

Celebrating NS's Trees and Forests

Outstanding photos of Nova Scotia's trees and forests by many awesome photographers.

Its worth the stop.

Calendar - Thank you!

In the end:

1,000 beautiful, 2019 calendars that celebrate the beauty of Nova Scotia's trees and forest found a homeJust over $3,700 will be donated to the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute to carry on the fight against invasive species

And a very big shout out to the following for their help with the project:

Awesome South Shore for the initial boost of dollars and confidence to get it goingThe Instagram Community for allowing me to repost your awesome photosAll the media for helping get out the message about our photo contest and then the calendar being for sale including CBC, CKBW, LighthouseNow, Radio 95.7 and The Chronicle HeraldAll the photographers who submitted their awesome images.And my children for selecting the pictures to include in the calendar (I'd still be trying to decide!) from Mike Bayer, Mark Brennan, Karen Cooke, James J Doucette, Sarah Foote, Linda Hall, Sara Harley, Donna MacNeil, Paul Newton, Beatrice Schuler, Lori Simmonds and Ron SmithThe incredible des…