Our next member’s meeting will be via Zoom at 7:00pm on Oct 24. Nina Newington will be our guest speaker.
The Last Hope camp was a protest camp established on a logging road in Annapolis County on 2nd December, 2021. The goal was to protect a 24ha forest. By the time we finally packed up and went home on 22 June, 2022, enough occurrences of Species At Risk lichens had been documented to put 60% of the forest off limits for cutting and make the remainder hard to access and uneconomical to cut. Nina will focus in particular on the crucial role that naturalists, notably lichenologists, played in protecting the forest.
As the climate and nature crises barrel down on us, and as governments continue to pledge action but permit business as usual, those who recognize the urgency of the situation must join forces. Activists willing to get in the way of what damages the earth need people whose love of nature takes the form of observing and learning about very specific life forms, and vice versa. The provincial government’s commitment to protecting 20% of Nova Scotia’s land and waters by 2030 is a starting point. By working together, we can identify and protect ecologically valuable forests before they are logged, not after as seems to be the current plan.
The talk will be accompanied by photographs and a 5 minute mini-documentary about the camp.
Nina Newington is a writer, gardener, carpenter and forest protector. Her second novel, Cardinal Divide, was published in 2020. She lives with her wife on the North Mountain in Kespukwitk, District One of the 7 traditional districts of Mi’kma’ki.
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