Updated 2022

Giants of Nova Scotia celebrates Nova Scotia's trees and forest with a bit of information about non-native invasive species that affect our trees.

I use several tools:

Instagram -- Frequent updates featuring awesome photos from across Nova Scotia by many, very talented photographers who generously let me repost their images.  Often in a series.  This is a good place to start your day :-)

Facebook -- Often includes the images reposted on Instagram.  I also share information from other sources related to trees/forests/invasive species

Email Update -- Not on social media but you'd like to receive an occasional update about invasive species in Nova Scotia?  This one is for you.  Sorry, you'll miss the gorgeous images of Nova Scotia's trees and forests

Website -- I use this as a non-subscription source of information.  Usually the email update gets posted to the blog and there are some resources for invasive species.

Giants of Nova Scotia is the personal project of Tom Rogers.  I started it in 2017 because I wanted to do something to prevent the spread of the recently discovered Hemlock Woolly Adelgid in western Nova Scotia.

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Nova Scotia has some amazing trees and forested land.  But there's some non-native invasive pests moving in that could cause serious problems.

Infestations in the past that have affected our trees -- the American Chestnut in the early 1900s, Beech in the 1920s, Elms through the mid 1900s.

But we have two new ones are particularly nasty.  The Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) first discovered in Nova Scotia in the summer of 2017 and the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was first discovered in Bedford in the fall of 2018.

Based on what has happened elsewhere, these two bugs have the capacity to eliminate Hemlock and Ash from our forest :-(

My Objective is to show the beauty and diversity of our Nova Scotian Acadian Forest -- it really is quite spectacular -- and slip in a gentle message about how you can help prevent the spread of these bugs.

And the message :
  • acquire your firewood where you burn it -- the bugs can hide in the bark and get a free ride from your backyard to a new location.  And that would suck.
  • if you travel in areas known to have invasive species, take precautions to prevent the spread
  • if you are a landowner, have a plan for prevention and how to deal with an infestation
Non-native invasive species are something we have to learn to live with.  But we don't have to make it easy for them.

Thanks for your interest and help.

Tom Rogers
Giants of Nova Scotia