Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute (MTRI)

Colin Gray's Projects

Old Growth Forests

One forest does not always equal another; old forests have unique features that young ones just can't measure up to. Old giant trees, open vistas and huge fallen deadwood all make old forests irreplaceable habitats for wildlife, including species at risk such as the endangered mainland moose. Since 2006, MTRI has managed several projects to research, conserve and promote old forests in Nova Scotia. Today, less than 1% of the province is old-growth, the gold standard of old forests, and many factors threaten them, but we are determined to continue our work and save our old forests.  

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Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid is an invasive aphid-like insect that infects and kills hemlock trees. It was discovered in Nova Scotia in 2017 and has spread to 5 of the province’s western counties. Hemlocks are a very important tree species in our province and a substantial player in old growth forests. Our work at MTRI focuses on sharing information on this invasive with the public, working with government to monitor its spread and assist with Nova Scotia’s management plan. We have also work with and trained private landowners to develop monitoring and treatment plans as well as being directly involved with the hemlock woolly adelgid international working group.  

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