Haley Road Garbage Cleanup May 22

A TREPA-RBC roadside garbage clean-up will start at 6 P. M. May 22. Meet at the Wesleyan Church Parking Lot, corner of Forest and Haley Road, and work toward the Petrocan Station. Refreshments available!

Many hands make light work. Bring a friend!

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Possible Salvation for Hemlocks

— John Sollows

On Tuesday, April 10. Ron Neville of Canada Food Inspection Agency gave us a very enlightening talk of the threat to hemlocks posed by the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid.

In a nutshell, our hemlocks are in serious trouble.

In the U.S., introductions of predators, use of insecticides, thinning, and cuts of affected trees have been tried with varying effect. Regulations prevent some of those approaches in Canada. The threats posed by introduced species of any sort are unpredictable. Pesticides carry their own risk and would require very careful application, in any case. And these little bugs are easily transportable.

I want to raise the idea of collecting hemlock seeds. When I raised the idea with Ron, he seemed positive to the idea, and has shared some information as to how to proceed:

“It 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. If your group is interested in getting involved, perhaps you could contact them?

“The contact there is Donnie McPhee

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

Donnie McPhee
National Tree Seed Centre
Email: donnie.mcphee@canada.ca


So, anyone interested in saving hemlock seeds is advised to contact Donnie McPhee, as detailed above.

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TREPA Annual General Meeting April 17

— by John Sollows

The Tusket River Environmental Protection Association will hold its Annual General Meeting at Lake Vaughan Fire Hall next Tuesday, April 17 at 7:00 P.M. Coffee, snacks, and mingling at 6:30.

Please note two items of special interest:

(1) By-law amendments will be moved for a vote by the general membership. See earlier article (by Dan Earle, dated Feb. 21) for details. These amendments will make our by-laws confirm to provincial regulations, and will be followed by election of the Board of Directors.

Don’t forget to pay your dues before the meeting, if you want to vote!

(2) Our guest speaker will be Mark Wiseman, Sustainability Vice-President of Avalon Mines. This is a chance to learn of Avalon’s plans from the horse’s mouth, rather than second-hand. Feel free to ask questions, express concerns, and make suggestions. Mark is open to all.

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The inclement weather forecast for March 13 has led us to postpone Ron Neville’s talk, originally scheduled for the Museum that evening. New date , time and venue will be Tuesday, April 10 at 7:00 P.M. at the Yarmouth County Museum, 22 Collins Street, Yarmouth; all as before except for the date!.

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A Little Bug Causing Big Problems

Our hemlock trees are in serious trouble. The culprit is an aphid relative, the hemlock woolly adelgid, and currently, our end of the province is the most at threat.

Our future might look something like this.

Find out more at 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, March 13. TREPA will be sponsoring a talk by Ron Neville, Plant Health Survey Biologist of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, at the Yarmouth County Museum and Archives, 22 Collins Street, Yarmouth. All welcome.

UPDATE:  Talk has been postponed due to forecast inclement weather.  New date TBA.

Other sessions, organized by MTRI, will happen in Shelburne March 13, Weymouth March 20, and points further up the line at other dates. Check out www.merseytobeatic.ca for times and locations of the other sessions.

Questions? Contact John Sollows at 742-2802.

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