Bring Back the Boreal newsletter - October 2017
A tree-mendous effort concludes!
Thousands of trees have been planted by professionals and volunteers, including school groups, families, university students and participants in the Nikani Awtiken youth camp in the past four years.
Tree planting has now been completed.
Huge thanks to over 2,700 volunteers who clocked an amazing 2,500 hours planting trees! A total of 57,000 trees were planted!
It's all about the science
Research is a big part of this project. It involves:
- Conducting browse surveys to measure moose impacts on tree growth on North and French Mountains. The amount of healthy tree regrowth on North Mountain, where the moose harvest occurs, is compared to that on French Mountain to see the effect of reducing moose.
- Monitoring the growth of newly planted seedlings on the Skyline trail inside and outside the fenced-in area (exclosure). The monitoring of tree growth on the Skyline helps determine which trees and method of planting and soil type result in the best tree growth.
What’s involved in monitoring a tree?
First we look at all twigs on a tree. We count un-browsed twigs that are new growth as well as all the browsed twigs within the last year. We track individual trees over time and whether or not we see a reduction in moose browsing. By next year, we’re confident we’ll be able to see patterns developing.
Third moose harvest starts in November
Too many moose are overeating young trees and damaging the forest habitat, which is why Parks Canada is reducing the moose population in a small part of the park to give trees a chance to recover on their own.
This year’s Mi’kmaw moose harvest will again be a collaboration with the Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources within the same 20 km2 area on North Mountain as in previous years.
The harvest activities are planned to start as early as November 7 and could last until December 17.
Motorists may notice activity on the top of North Mountain, near the harvest area.
Some closures will be in effect to help ensure everyone’s safety in the area during the harvest.
The Cabot Trail will remain open to through traffic.
Watch our new video
Our new 4-minute video Bring Back the Boreal: Restoring Balance in Cape Breton Highlands National Park sheds light on the state of the boreal forest in the national park.
Watch it here: