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Articles by Chris Miller

Chris's work involves expanding the protected areas system in Nova Scotia and developing nationwide climate change adaptation strategies for wilderness protection.

Chris has a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of Waterloo and a B.Sc. in biology and earth sciences from Dalhousie University. He is also an assistant professor in the Faculty of Management at Dalhousie University.

Chris developed a grassroots campaign that led to the successful protection of the Blue Mountain - Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area near Halifax and has been involved with many other successful nature conservation campaigns in Nova Scotia, including the protection of the Jim Campbells Barren Wilderness Area. Chris is a director of Global Forest Watch Canada and the scientific advisor for the Nova Scotia Nature Trust.

Lively Discussion About Protecting Wilderness At Holden Lake And South Panuke

Last night, I attended a public information session held by the Nova Scotia Department of Environment to discuss the pending designation of two new protected wilderness areas along the South Shore; Holden Lake and South Panuke Wilderness Areas.

FSC commitment a step in the right direction for improved forestry in Southwestern Nova Scotia

Much has been said recently about clearcutting on public lands in southwestern Nova Scotia, including the former Bowater lands acquired by the province in late 2012. Comments both for and against have shown a large, and potentially growing, gap between the various viewpoints of stakeholders and members of the public.

Bold step to protect Newfoundland’s large intact landscapes

The Department of Natural Resources identified four million hectares with minimal human impact (roughly 35 per cent of the island) and declared that these lands would be off-limits to industrial forestry and managed to protect large wilderness values. The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society welcomes this bold and decisive step.

Birch Cove Lakes: Halifax’s near-urban wilderness

Halifax is a great place to live. After completing my university studies a few years ago, it was an easy decision for me to move home. I wanted to be near my family and I also wanted to live in a city where I could have close access to nature. And, Halifax is just that kind of place.

Chignecto is an ecological gem

Unfortunately, there’s not much big wilderness left in Nova Scotia. All those years of clearcutting have definitely taken their toll and the problem is getting worse, not better. A recent study by Global Forest Watch Canada shows that over 50,000 hectares of forest are clearcut in Nova Scotia every year, leading to severe habitat fragmentation almost everywhere in the province. In fact, only about 17% of Nova Scotia’s forest remains in pieces larger than 500 hectares in size. That’s one of the lowest percentages in Canada.

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