Woodland Pest Is Cause For Concern For One Local Forestry Company

Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2018 16:43 PM
The president of a local forestry company says he's not sure restrictions on the movement of hemlock will stop the spread of a pest that has been spotted across Southwest Nova Scotia.

Wade Turner, president of Wade Turner and Sons Ltd. is stuck in a difficult position.

The company. is located in West Northfield but gets around 60 per cent of its hemlock wood from Queens County, which is currently under restrictions from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency due to the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid.

"We're only 20 kilometres roughly from Queens County ... for my business it would be easier for me if I was in Queens County, in the zone, but I'm not."

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has banned the movement of wood from Queens, Digby, Annapolis, and Shelburne counties across county lines.

"I'm not convinced an arbitrary line is going to alter it a whole lot, personally it makes it tough for us where we're so close," says Turner. "I wish we were 30 kilometres in the other direction."

He says in the short term, he's hoping the CFIA will give him special certification to move his wood.

In the long term, he's worried about the health of hemlock trees in this end of the province.

The aphid-like pest was first spotted in Southwest Nova Scotia this summer and likely originated from the Eastern United States.

The adelgid feeds on the sap of hemlock trees, often causing the entire plant to die.

Photo Credit: Lorraine Graney, Bartlett Tree Experts.