Meeting our Mentors

After departing university and plunging into a career, I find there are only so many chances to meet with those you might consider experts or ‘gurus’ in your field. Luckily, last month we had the opportunity to host a leader in Acadian forest silviculture, Dr. Robert Seymour.

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Mary Jane Rodger
A Silent Season for the MCFC

According to a study released by Avian Conservation and Ecology is estimated that between 616 thousand to 2.09 million nests are destroyed by industrial forest harvesting during bird breeding season in Canada per year.

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Mary Jane Rodger
Spring Newsletter 2019

Thank you to all our new members who responded to our membership drive last month. We’ll be sending out your certificates very shortly. If you’re not yet a member, you can join anytime on our website. Remember, the more members we have the more influential we can be in promoting ecological forestry for Nova Scotia.

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Mary Jane Rodger
Winter Newsletter 2019

We hope everyone had a happy and relaxing holiday and we wish you a productive start to 2019. This year has already been a busy one for us, as we build a preliminary 5-year business plan for the Department of Lands & Forestry. We're looking forward to what 2019 will bring, and see it as a year of big developments for the MCFC and forestry in the province overall.

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Mary Jane Rodger
Fall Newsletter 2018

With the fall now upon us, the MCFC is looking ahead to October and the beginning of the next chapter for our organization. As usual, this summer was quite busy, we hosted numerous events including a wild foods workshop, forest research tour, old growth forest tour and of course, our forest market and fair.

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Mary Jane Rodger
Summer Newsletter 2018

Happy summer to all our members and the extended MCFC network. Another spring has come and gone here at the MCFC and unfortunately, we seem to have lost track of time and missed our spring newsletter. Oops! We hope you will forgive us.

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Mary Jane Rodger
Crown and Carbon Report

This past winter the Medway Community Forest commissioned a report done by several Master’s students from the Dalhousie Management Without Borders class to determine an effective policy model for the sale and management of carbon credits from MCFC lands.

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Mary Jane Rodger
Winter Newsletter 2018

You may have noticed that on January 31st, the MCFC completed our pilot phase with the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources. As we discussed in our fall newsletter, we are anticipating building a 10-year agreement with DNR to continue to test innovative forestry businesses for Nova Scotia's rural communities.

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Mary Jane Rodger
Summer Newsletter 2017

As the days get shorter and the leaves on the trees begin to change we look back on what was a productive and exciting summer for the MCFC. With the help of our Summer Intern Freya Clark, and volunteers from our Board of Directors and the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute (MTRI) we put on two forest tours.

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Mary Jane Rodger
Whispering Leaves: How Trees Communicate

When you stand in a forest what do you see? The first thing you notice is the trees; either the stately old growth, scrubby new growth, or the regimented rows of a monoculture plantation. They stand individually and they don’t look like they are interconnected, but there is much more to the forest than easily meets the eye.

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Mary Jane Rodger
2017 Strategic Plan

As might already know, the MCFC was originally established as a pilot project agreement with the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources in 2015.  The terms of our agreement outlined a 3-year pilot phase, where the MCFC would meet specific evaluation criteria that would address the key areas in which the MCFC aimed to focus on through innovative, multi-value forest management

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Mary Jane Rodger
Fall Newsletter 2016

As the fall colours recede to bare branches, we’ve been reflective on what was overall a challenging summer and fall for the MCFC. Between difficult markets, new business challenges, and a forest fire, the commitment and determination of our members and board has been outstanding.

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Mary Jane Rodger
An Introduction to Tree Marking

Tree marking is a forest management technique used in forests around the world. It is as simple as its name – individual trees are marked in a forest stand before the stand is “treated”, or has some of the trees cut.

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Mary Jane Rodger