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Dec 16, 2013

Future NS Forests.
Mr. Bancroft;
Congratulations on a splendid article concerning an important matter. I cut trees for several years for heating and fencing both here and in British Columbia. It has only been for the past 18 years that I have seriously tried to replace all I have destroyed. I have replanted/replaced hundreds of trees in Nova Scotia. Recently I was able to purchase some

Ironwood seeds

Ironwood seeds – Photo by Alain Belliveau

(local) white cedar trees and this year I was fortunate to have them all produce seeds. I now have hundreds of seeds and would be happy to supply them to anyone wishing to replant them in nearby forests. I have planted some of these in my tree nursery and hope to have seedlings to transplant in selected forest areas in a few years. In your article there is a picture by Alain Belliveau, of Yellow Birch seeds, I would love to have some of them if they are available – as yellow birch are very few and far between in my area (Annapolis Valley to the South Shore). I am not familiar with Ironwood but would appreciate some seed to try?
Thank you for bringing this to the attention of the Chronicle Herald readers.
– Larry B.

Oct 27, 2013
Additional enlichenment
I wish to make several comments with respect to your lichen article of Oct 26 (Chron.Hrld.).
Deer also eat tree lichens; foliose from trunks and Usnea from windthrown dead Spruce. Based on observations during my hunting years, lichens are a preferred fall food source, at least during the hunting season when there is significant snow on the ground. They will systematically graze along a dead Spruce windfall that has Usnea; working one side and back along the other.
You do mention land development as a threat to lichens but some might think only of residential and commercial development and not include highways. The ever expanding network or highways may be the major threat, after imported air pollution, not only because large tree-free areas are involved but because air pollution from traffic, especially ozone, is perhaps adverse to lichen survival/establishment…
-David W.

Oct 1, 2013
Breathing in the Forest Air…
Thank you for that lovely article, Jamie. It is always useful to be reminded of the life balance that the fresh air and scents of the forest can bring.
-Peter M.