Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute (MTRI)

Chad Simmons '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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Forested Wetlands

Wetlands are exactly as they sound, wet land. They include many different types of ecosystems that have wet soil for some or all the year; they are incredibly important hotspots for many species of birds, bugs, mammals, fungi and lichen. Our work at MTRI focuses on forested wetlands, an ecosystem dominated with trees; often called a swamp. We lead the forested wetlands target for the Kespukwitk Conservation Collaborative and work with Nova Scotia Environment to improve the wetland of special significance.  

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