by Daimen Hardie on April 18, 2017

What do you see when you think of conservation?

When most people think ‘conservation’ they picture pristine landscapes; nature in prime health, unchanging and untouched by humans.  That's just one idea of conservation though, and it paints a very simple picture of the natural world which in reality is always changing.  What about the parts of nature that are less than pristine - all the damaged areas that could become pristine again one day and all the land that people are a part of? I wonder if we can expand our idea of conservation and slowly but surely bring more balance to our world.

Don’t get me wrong, we need to fight tooth and claw to safeguard the few unspoiled refuges that remain on earth – no question.  Nature knows best how to flourish and we need to preserve these largely untouched ecosystems for their intrinsic value and the countless lessons they offer to humanity.  But on the current trajectory, if we don’t expand our view of conservation beyond pristine nature we could soon be left with a few fenced-in, postage stamp-sized parks surrounded by a sea of desolation.  Conservation won’t survive if it’s confined only to our parks, and neither will nature.

Forests Intl. has conserved over 500 acres in the Adopt-a-Clearcut program including land on the Chignecto Isthums indicated above.



Community Forests International (Forests Intl.) recently purchased another 70 acres of clearcut forestland in an important wildlife corridor that connects Nova Scotia to the rest of the continent. That brings the total area of land protected through our Adopt-a-Clearcut program to over 500 acres. The site is in poor condition now, but we’ll start replanting it with native trees this spring to kickstart the healing process. We've witnessed firsthand how quickly forests can regenerate when you start working with nature and this has changed how we think about conservation. 

Needless to say, under our watch these lands will never be clearcut again. Just think what they will look like 100 years from now, after the trees we plant grow up and forests thrive again. The conservation value will then be clear for anyone to see. To build that future though we have to change how we think about conservation today.

To support this and other creative approaches to conservation, please consider making a charitable donation to Forests Intl. here.

- Daimen

100+ year-old hemlock grove at Forests Intl.'s Rural Innovation Campus - South Branch, New Brunswick.

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