Our Projects

Flying Squirrels

Flying squirrels may be sensitive to fragmentation and as such, may be good indicators of landscape connectivity because they need mature trees to climb for gliding and to sleep in during the day. To understand the connectivity requirements of flying squirrels in Nova Scotia, local life history data are required to determine how long they live, how many young they have and how they disperse. With this project, live-trapping, passive integrated transponder (PIT) tags and nest boxes were used to collect life history data for flying squirrels. PIT tags are small glass microchips that are inserted under an animal’s skin and that provide the time, date and unique code for the animal when they pass through a circular antenna.

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Old Forest Project

Over the past four centuries, little of Nova Scotia’s forested areas have escaped human influences. The outcome has been a proliferation of relatively young, even-aged, early successional forest types across an increasingly fragmented landscape. Less than 1% of Nova Scotia’s forest cover remains as old forest, which makes it increasingly difficult to maintain ecological connectivity between them. Old forests are a vital component of the forest ecosystem and biodiversity; they are important habitat for wildlife including mosses, lichens, cavity nesting birds and mammals. Most of Nova Scotia’s forest land (70%) is privately owned with almost half in small private holdings. Small private landowners must be included in collaborative work to maintain landscape connectivity, conserve biodiversity and restore old forests in western Nova Scotia. The development of private landowner stewardship requires an understanding of landowner knowledge and values about managing old forests and their active participation in research and management activities.

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Woodlot Stewardship Program

FSC is an internationally recognized certification and labeling system that guarantees that the forest products you purchase come from responsibly managed forests. Forests are certified against a set of strict environmental and social standards, and fibre from certified forests is tracked all the way to the consumer.

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