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What's New

Check out the new Wetland Fact sheets

We’ve created fact sheets to help you better understand wetlands and their importance in Nova Scotia, the rules and regulations related to wetlands that you should be aware of, how to identify wetlands on your property, what to consider if you are thinking about developing near wetlands, some issues associated with farming and woodlots, as well as requirements for compensation if you get an approval to alter a wetland. View the fact sheets.

Common Ferns of Nova Scotia

A new field guide to common ferns of Nova Scotia developed by Alain Belliveau of the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute is now available.

Wetland Functional Assessment Workshop (WESPUS) for coming to Halifax, August 13-15

See Education page for details.

Ducks Unlimited 75thAnniversary

Congratulations to Ducks Unlimited on their 75th anniversary of wetland conservation in Canada. They’ve done great work over the years restoring and protecting more than 2.5 million hectares of wetlands across Canada.
Check out their video to learn more.

Summary of the 2012 Nova Scotia Wetland Conservation Policy Forum Now Available

The Nova Scotia Wetlands Conservation Policy Forum took place Tuesday, November 20th, 2012 in the Dalhousie Student Union Building, in Room 303.

On hand were 47 wetland practitioners from around the province. With the Policy having been approved and in use for one full year, the province was seeking feedback on how effectively the Policy and implementation approach were working based on the experiences of wetland practitioners.

A summary of the presentations and recommendations based on Forum discussion is now availablePDF Download Link (PDF:671k).

Urban Wetland and Watershed Restoration Workshop Summary Now Available!

A summary of the key outcomes and recommendations from the Urban Wetland and Watershed Restoration Workshop that was held April 30-May 2, 2012 is now availablePDF Download Link (PDF:147k).

Presentations from the meeting will be posted on this site as they are received.

Low Impact Forest Road Project

Preparing for culvert installation on a forestry road across a swampNew research has been initiated to provide a better understanding of how to minimize the impacts of forest access roads through wetlands across Canada. The work being done in Atlantic Canada is part of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and is a multi-partner project that includes Nova Scotia Environment, Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources, New Brunswick Department of Environment, FPInnovations, J.D. Irving Limited, Resolute Forest Products, Dalhousie University, the University of New Brunswick and Ducks Unlimited Canada. Kent Mader, a Master's Candidate at Dalhousie's School of Resource and Environmental Studies is leading the field research in Atlantic Canada.