Oldfield habitats originate from cultivated land and pastures and are associated with the farming industry in the past. Oldfields are fields that have been neglected and abandoned. This abandonment results in the beginnings of a successional sequence that soon leads to the re-establishment of a forest.
The field habitat is abundant throughout the province, generally wherever settlement has taken place. Over two million acres are known to have been cleared throughout Nova Scotia by about the year 1900. Less that half a million acres of cleared land are actively worked by farmers today.
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Distribution in Nova Scotia
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T10.2 Successional Trends in Vegetation
T10.4 Plant Communities in Nova Scotia
T10.5 Seed-bearing Plants
T12.1 Colonization by People
T12.10 Plants and Resources
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