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BNS October Meeting: Nova Scotia Forests of the Anthropocene

October 17, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The main presentation will be:

Nova Scotia Forests of the Anthropocene: More Youthful and Slender; Winners and Losers; Sunnier Soils Ahead by Donna Crossland

Donna Crossland grew up in the rural community of East Dalhousie, Kings Co. and presently resides in Tupperville, Annapolis Co. She is currently employed at Kejimkujik National Park and Historic Site as a Resource Management Officer. She has been a member of the BNS for about 30 years. Donna is a forest ecologist with a passionate interest in the proper management of our Acadian forest. She has researched historical forest composition, disturbance regimes, including fire history, and white pine regeneration. In addition, she has contributed to vegetation management planning at both Prince Edward Island and Kouchibouguac National Parks. She completed a Master of Science in Forestry at the University of New Brunswick sparked by concerns over the natural role of fire in the Acadian forest and its over-use as a justification for clearcutting (i.e. emulating supposedly ‘natural fire regimes’ through clearcutting). Her research concluded that natural fires were rare in the Acadian forest, but repeated European-caused fires altered vast tracts of Nova Scotia’s forests beginning ~1790.

The public is welcome


October 17, 2016
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Beveridge Arts Centre, Acadia University, Room BAC241