Dear Christmas Tree and Greenery Industry stakeholder,

An exciting collaboration is happening in Nova Scotia’s Christmas tree and greenery industry and we need your help.

The Christmas Tree Council of Nova Scotia (CTCNS), Perennia, Nova Scotia’s Departments of Agriculture (NSDA) and Environment and Climate Change (ECC), and the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture (NSFA) are working together to help the Christmas tree and greenery industry prepare for climate change through the province’s Climate Adaptation Leadership Program (CALP). CALP is a skills and capacity building program funded by the province and Natural Resources Canada.

With support through CALP, a “Scan Team” of your peers across the Christmas tree and greenery industry – from nurseries and growers to exporters and specialists – is working to develop an industry climate adaptation strategy built on stakeholder knowledge and experience.

The Scan Team has helped to develop a survey to gather information about priorities and climate change risks and impacts across the industry as well as the strengths and capacities that exist within the industry to deal successfully with change. This is where you play a critical role – the team needs your input!

Please take some time to complete the survey to add your voice to this important work, you can access the survey by clicking this link. If that link does not work, please try the following link.

Survey results will directly inform the development of a climate adaptation strategy for the Christmas tree and greenery industry. Not only will the strategy better position the industry for climate change funding opportunities but this work will also be developing strategic networks across the industry for future adaptation initiatives. Your input will help define the future direction of the Christmas tree industry’s collaborative response to climate change.

For more information, you can contact the Scan Team’s NSDA or CTCNS Leads (Terri MacPherson [email protected], Angus Bonnyman [email protected]) or ECC’s Climate Adaptation Coordinator Meredith Flannery [email protected]ca

A sincere thank you from all of us on the CALP Christmas tree Governance Team.

Richard Levy, President, CTCNS
Angus Bonnyman, ED, CTCNS
Lynn Godlien, CEO, Perennia
Heather Hughes, ED of Policy and Corporate Services, NSDA
Lori Kittilsen, Acting Executive Director, Agriculture and Food Operations, NSDA
Jason Hollett, Associate Deputy Minister, ECC
Nancy Rondeaux, Director, Climate Change Division, ECC
Carolyn Van Den Heuvel, Director of Outreach, NSFA

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