Ongoing, sponsored research related to forests and forestry in NS

NS Department of Natural Resources and Renewables: Forestry
Variety of research and Info docs. Not listed on this page: Ecological forestry (Lahey report etc.) Unfortunately, some of the links/older materials seem to have been removed, e.g. Natural Resources Strategy

Ecological Forestry Research Initiative (EFRI)
Westwood Lab, School of Resources & Environmental Studies, Dalhousie University “We have identified five key research needs: 1) identifying how changing forestry practices impact road networks, at local and landscape scales, with implications for biodiversity, connectivity, and monetizable recreation opportunities; 2) assessing the effects of using tree marking to help ensure operational compliance and stand-scale biodiversity; 3) determining how to quickly value forest carbon in a way recognizable to banks and other lenders; 4) understanding Nova Scotian’s attitudes towards forestry and most effective methods for knowledge exchange with woodlot stewards and other stakeholders; and 5) supporting Mi’kmaw-led forestry with the Eskasoni Fish & Wildlife Commission, who endeavour to promote biocultural diversity within forests on their territory.” Related: – 5-year study to look at how move to ecological methods affects N.S. forests, economy. Josh Hoffman · CBC News Oct 18, 2023 [As of June 5, 2024, no publications yet available]

Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute
“The Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute (MTRI) is a co-operative of land owners and researchers working together with a common mission and vision. MTRI operates a field station in Kempt, Queens County, Nova Scotia which provides office work space and basic accommodations for researchers carrying out studies in the area. ” See Scientific Articles

Sterling Hydrology and Climate Change Research Group
Current research:
– Developing novel methods of carbon dioxide removal using enhanced mineral weathering in rivers.
– Determining where and how forest and freshwater ecosystems are threatened by acidification and climate change, and finding solutions to restore them.
– Quantify the threat of toxic aluminum to forest, aquatic human and community health.
– Development of theoretical frameworks on how the evolution of life altered terrestrial water availability to better characterize human impacts on water distribution.

Centre for Sustainable Soil Management
At Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture. “Established in 2020, the Centre of Sustainable Soil Management aims to advance soil science and sustainable management in Canada and around the globe.” One Project: Assessment and Mapping of Forest Soil Resources in Nova Scotia, Project Lead(s): Dr. Brandon Heung and Dr. David Burton. Funding: Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources and Renewables. “Project description is coming soon.”

“Research Nova Scotia, in partnership with the Forestry Innovation Transition Trust, has developed a research agenda to bring greater focus to the role research can play in the forestry sector’s transition to a sustainable future.” Their only public report to date appears to be Research Agenda: Bringing Focus to Forestry Research (Nov 2021)

Ongoing, Citizen Science

Lichen Camp
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Bursting the Stubble Bubble: Citizen Scientists Measure Ecological Continuity Near Goldsmith Lake, Nova Scotia Using Calicioid Lichens and Fungi
Ashlea Viola, Nina Newington, Jonathan Riley, Steven Selva, Lisa Proulx Evansia, 41(1):9-18 (2024