Wildfires have slammed our local communities recently and heightened our awareness of the results of human activity on climate change. Besides the practical tasks, such as emergency evacuation preparedness, we are now looking to the science of wetlands as a valuable and available natural defence against wildfires.
Attacking prickly Multiflora Rose bushes and hacking out dense thickets of Japanese Knotweed takes a team of determined volunteers. Melanie Dobson, a member of the Williams Lake Conservation Company (WLCC) has been leading the campaign against these pervasive and invasive weeds along the Williams Lake Road and the Purcell’s Cove Road for many years. She is trying to stop the plants from spreading further into the Williams Lake watershed.
Nova Scotia has already had more fires this year than last year. More than 16,000 residents were evacuated from the Tantallon area and approximately 200 homes were burned or damaged. How is this new normal connected to climate change? [Photo: David Patriquin]
The Backlands Coalition and the Nova Scotia Nature Trust hosted an event at the Purcell’s Cove Social Club recently to celebrate and thank four families who had donated their lands in the Backlands to the Nova Scotia Nature Trust (NSNT.)
We have seen the first loon of the season, his profile proud against the silvery water, and it has brought me close to tears. How this little bird has kept his date with posterity, flown many hundreds of miles to try yet again to raise a brood, passing through a natural world that we are changing beneath his very wings.