New TREPA shoreline protection brochure available

TREPA is pleased to announce that its new shoreline protection brochure is available. It has been redesigned to assist developers, contractors and owners meet shoreline protection regulations and develop properties in a manner to protect the water quality of their home locations. Unfortunately, improper development of the shoreline can lead to pollution of the very resource, the lake or river, for which the property was purchased. To get copies contact John Sollows <>

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Yarmouth Chimney Swift Walk July 24

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More on Saving Hemlocks from the Woolly Adelgid

— John Sollows

Ron Neville of Canada Food Inspection Agency, who gave April’s talk on this serious pest, gave me contacts for Donne McPhee, when I asked about banking seed.

Ron advised that the seed bank in Frederiction is at the Canadian Forest Service Atlantic office in Fredericton and there are some plans in the works to enhance the locations of where seed has been collected.

Natural Resources Canada
National Tree Seed Centre
1350 Regent Street
Fredericton, NB E3C 2G6

Donnie McPhee
National Tree Seed Centre

I have contacted Donnie, who advises as follows:

“Viable Hemlock seed cannot be picked until they ripen on the tree. Historically for NS we are looking at early to mid Oct. Seed collected before it is ripe results in low vigor, low quality seed.

“What can be done starting early July is forecasting if and where good seed crops are located.
To do this you are looking for small green cones at the tips of new shoots.

“There is a lot of interest is the preservation of seed of eastern hemlock due to HWA. We want to make sure we get collections from across its range in order to preserve any genetic diversity the remains in the natural forest.

“Please let us know what you are seeing out there regarding a cone crop. So that we can coordinate what is being collected and making sure energy and resources are being put in the right areas.

“Currently we do not have collections from South western NS so this is a priority area to collaborate collections from!
“We will be updating out website to include a section on Hemlock but for now the principles would be similar to those for ash collections.”

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Summer Employment Opportunity with TREPA

The Tusket River Environmental Protection Association has received approval from Service Canada to hire one student. The job will run for nine weeks from June 25 to August 25, 2017. The student will work 35-hour weeks at a pay rate of $11.00 per hour. We are looking for a university or college student pursuing studies in an environmentally-relevant field with (1) valid regular driver’s licence and access to a car at any time; (2) familiarity with standard computer use (writing, e-mail, internet, data management), (3) experience with canoe handling and transport, and (4) proficiency at swimming.

Applications are limited to Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, who were full-time student during the previous academic year, and who intend to return to school full-time for the next academic year and are between the ages of 15 and 30 at the start of the employment.

Duties may include any of the following:
(1) Assistance in collecting water quality data from selected sites throughout the Tusket catchment in cooperation with Carleton River Watershed Area Water Quality Steering Committee;
(2) Assistance in maintaining and monitoring the C.R.K Allen Nature Reserve and newly-acquired lands on Great Pubnico Lake;
(3) Review environmental and health effects of tidal power projects, and summarize in a carefully-referenced report ;
(4) Review effects of undersea petrochemical exploration and exploitation on marine organisms, especially commercially-exploited species, and summarize in a carefully-referenced report;
(5) Review literature on the sources and health of ground water resources in mainland Nova Scotia;
(6) Subsequently, review provincial legislation and strategies related to management of ground water, and summarize the findings in a carefully
referenced report, which recommends how TREPA can proceed in encouraging strengthened protection;
(7) Review Nova Scotia municipal, provincial, and federal protections for shorelines, with priority given to lakes and rivers, and summarize in a report; (8) Develop a “table poster” for distribution to restaurants, encouraging patrons not to use plastic straws;
(9) Update TREPA’s brochure on local farmers who sell direct to the public; (10) Miscellaneous tasks for Waste Check and other local environmental agencies;
(11) Development and distribution of educational materials related to environmental protection
(12) archiving of TREPA documents;
(13) Preparation of interim and final reports;
(14) Other tasks as specified by the TREPA Board.

Resumes are to be attached to a letter of application, are to be in .rtf or .pdf format, and are to list all references together with their contact information. Applications are to be sent by e-mail to, and are due by Wednesday, June 20 at 6 P.M. Only those selected for interview will be contacted.

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Stewardship Opportunity with Nova Scotia Nature Trust

This in from Karen McKendry of Nova Scotia Nature Trust. Sounds useful and fun:

Hello fellow birders! Karen McKendry here, conservation biologist with the Nova Scotia Nature Trust. If you are looking to support bird conservation even more in the province, please consider sharing your excellent birding skills with our volunteer program that relies on birders, called Bird’s Eye View…

The Nature Trust is seeking experienced birders to join one of our field-based volunteer programs, called Bird’s Eye View. These volunteers are asked to visit one or more of our Conservation Lands (there are now 91, found all over Nova Scotia), identify birds, create bird lists, then share them with us via eBird. This helps inform us of important areas for birds on our Conservation Lands, and is a vital part of caring for our protected lands. Occasionally, volunteers are selected to visit properties being considered for protection, and help to gather some of the first biological data collected for these sites.

Bird’s Eye View volunteers are part of the Nature Trust’s official network of volunteer supporters, and as such they receive an orientation to the organization, support from staff, and recognition for the valuable work that they do.

Make your bird lists count by joining the Bird’s Eye View program this spring! Contact to find out more or to apply to be a volunteer.

Karen McKendry
Conservation Coordinator
Nova Scotia Nature Trust

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