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Government of Canada kicks in $1.4M for Hemlocks

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An early Christmas present today for anyone involved with Eastern Hemlocks and the invasive Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA).

The Federal Government announced a $1.4M program for Keji Staff to continue their work on HWA.

This is very encouraging ... HWA is very much a Western Nova Scotia issue at this point.  Finding solutions and best practices here will help others in Nova Scotia, Atlantic Canada and beyond deal with it as it spreads.

A step in the right direction.

From the ashes, a new beginning

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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

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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 : https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/ash-tree-seed-collection-1.5241834

August is Tree 'Check Month'

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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 : https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/august-dubbed-tree-check-month-to-detect-invasive-species-in-canada-875283735.html

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

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

For the full story and video, go to :
https://globalnews.ca/news/5456589/scientists-set-fungus-filled-traps-for-emerald-ash-borer/

HRM Survey -- What to do about EAB

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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 https://www.halifax.ca/home/surveys

Celebrating NS's Trees and Forests

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

Its worth the stop.

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