Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute (MTRI) : Institut de recherche du Mersey Tobeatic


MTRI is a non-profit co-operative with a mandate to promote sustainable use of natural resources and biodiversity conservation in the Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve and beyond through research, education, and the operation of a field station.

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MTRI has produced a number of guides independently, and in collaboration with organizations like Parks Canada, Environment Canada, and other eNGOs and community groups.

Some of our exemplary works include our Species at Risk Guide, Healthy Lakes and Wetlands: Landowner Stewardship Guide, Volunteer Newsletters, Invasive Alien Species GuideFern Key, Guide to FSC Certification and many more.  You can view some of these below or call us at (902)-682-2371 to order your own copy.



Atlantic Coastal Plain Flora: Identification and Information Guide

This easy-to-read guide has information about Atlantic Coastal Plain Flora (ACPF) biology and conservation and includes a page for each ACPF species present in Nova Scotia with color photographs and illustrations. The 108 page guide was developed by Megan Crowley and Lindsey Beals through funding from Environment Canada's Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk. MTRI is grateful for the contributions of members of the Atlantic Coastal Plain Flora Recovery team, partners and volunteers who contributed to the development of the guide.

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Guide to FSC Certification for Woodlot Owners in Nova Scotia 

MTRI has collaborated with several individauls and organizations to produce a concise guide to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification for small woodlots owners in Nova Scotia. The guide outlines what certification is about and how woodlot owners can get their woodlot certified. It also looks at the principles and science FSC certification is based upon, and what it means to woodland owners in terms of on-the-ground management.

The guide can be obtained free of charge from MTRI, or you can download a copy by clicking on the image below.


Species at Risk in Nova Scotia: Identification and Information Guide

This handy and easy-to-read guide, by Megan Crowley and Brennan Caverhill, has a page describing each species at risk in Nova Scotia. The full colour booklet can be purchased from us at MTRI, but is free to anyone who volunteers for our endangered species programs. Please contact us if you would like a copy. 

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Healthy Lakes and Wetlands For Tomorrow: A Landowner Stewardship Guide for Species at Risk (Second Edition)

This resource is a great companion for the species at risk in Nova Scotia ID guide. It is written specifically for landowners in Nova Scotia who wish to learn how to live in harmony with their environment, and all the creatures great and small who share the land with them. The full colour booklet is available for FREE when you express interest in stewardship. Please contact us if you would like a copy, or email the author, Megan Crowley, at 


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Invasive Alien Species in Nova Scotia: Identification and Information Guide 

This guide highlights the most prominent Invasive Alien Species in Nova Scotia. Invasive Alien Species are a group of species that have been introduced to Nova Scotia by humans and threaten us and the environment. In the last several hundred years, many human-assisted pathways have permitted these introductions, which threaten our province's incredible biodiversity and jeopardize the health and integrity of natural ecosystems. This has, in turn, placed added pressure on our oceans, forests, and watersheds. We all depend on these vital natural resources for our own wellbeing and prosperity; it's in our best interest to take note and to take action. This guidebook outlines some of the impacts and threats presented by these species, and stewardship actions that we can all take to help provide healthy and vibrant ecosystems for future generations. 

Remember: Spread the word, not the species! 

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Common Ferns of Southwest Nova Scotia: Identification and Information 

Useful information for users of the Forest Ecosystem Classification system and for wetland delineation purposes.