Nova Scotia

The Inclusive Wealth of Nova Scotia's Protected Areas: A Preliminary Estimate of Nature's Benefits

(2013-06-28) This study estimates the benefits provided by nature, such as filtering our air and water, combatting climate change by absorbing and storing carbon dioxide, and flood protection, for existing and proposed protected areas. 
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Proposed new protected areas in Nova Scotia will help protect the endangered Acadian forests of North America

(2013-05-01) The proposed new protected areas currently being examined by the Nova Scotia government would conserve an additional 124,000 hectares of large intact forests, raising the overall level of protection to about 46% of all remaining large intact forests in the province. 

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Nova Scotia's Proposed Protected Areas: How well do they capture large intact forest landscapes?

(2013-05-01) This bulletin was prepared by Global Forest Watch Canada in order to assess the amount of intact forest landscapes captured in the proposed protected areas announced by Nova Scotia's Department of Environment in February 2013.

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Nova Scotia’s Proposed Chignecto Wilderness Areas: Are they Capturing Intact Forest Landscapes?

(2011-07-28) Global Forest Watch Canada provides comments on the Nova Scotia government's proposed boundaries for the Kelley River and Raven Head Candidate Wilderness Areas in the Chignecto region. We found that the Chignecto region is the only area in the province with more than 20,000 ha of intact forest landscapes not having a core protected area. The two candidate wilderness areas protect a significant portion of the intact forest landscapes in the Chignecto area, but additional adjacent intact forest landscapes still remain unprotected, including a substantial amount on crown land.

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Nova Scotia's Intact Forest Landscapes > 500 ha

(2010-11-26) This dataset was used to analyze the distribution and extent of Nova Scotia’s intact forest landscapes > 500 ha in 2007.

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Nova Scotia’s Intact Forest Landscapes: Opportunities for Conservation Planning

(2010-11-26) This study mapped and analyzed Intact Forest Landscapes of Nova Scotia greater than 500 ha and highlighted opportunities that exist for conservation planning. Significant areas of Intact Forest Landscapes in Nova Scotia remain. The areas with the largest loss of Intact Forest Landscape blocks greater than 1,000 ha are Shelburne and Halifax counties. The vast majority of Intact Forest Landscape blocks larger than 500 ha remain on crown land.

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Recent Anthropogenic Changes within the Forest Landscapes of Nova Scotia

(2009-06-25) A report of Nova Scotia's forest landscapes that reveals the dramatic pace and scale of recent human-caused changes due to industrial activities in recent decades. GFWC examined old and new satellite images for almost the entire area of Nova Scotia and combined what we saw with existing information in order to map the industrial-caused changes, primarily logging, that have occurred throughout much of the province, from approximately 1990-2007. The resulting maps and analyses paint a stark picture of industry's impacts.

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Nova Scotia Change Analysis, 1990-2007

(2009-06-25) Anthropogenic Change analysis was performed in Nova Scotia using Landstat TM imagery between the approximate time periods of 1990 and 2007. Changes were detected using a simple image differencing technique between Band 5 of temporal image pairs at a user specified change threshold. The detected change was converted to vector format and visually analyzed to identify anthropogenic changes and digitize changes not detected by the image differencing process.

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