MTRI Summer Seminar Series features Forest Biodiversity Management , Recreational Fisheries, Legal Context of “Habitat”, Highways/Landscape Connectivity 6Jul2020

MTRI poster for July 9 presentation

Amongst some of the positive things we are learning to do in the Covid-19 era is near GHG-free meetings, discussions, lectures etc. I have been really enjoying the Medway Community Forest Coop Seminar Series and now MTRI (Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute) is sending out invitations to participate in their upcoming Summer Seminar Series. For July, the topics are

July 9, 2020: Biodiversity Management in the Medway Community Forest
Presented by Jennika Hunsinger

July 16, 2020: International and other Diverse Perspectives on Recreational Fisheries
Presented by Thomas Sweeney

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L&F looking for Area Manager/member of Regional Management Team to lead program delivery in the Yarmouth and Digby offices 3Jul2020

From Jobs Nova Scotia:

About Our Opportunity

The Department of Lands and Forestry is seeking a dynamic Area Manager to lead program delivery in the Yarmouth and Digby offices. Through the effective leadership of staff and resources, you will be responsible for the efficient delivery of Department Programs including the management of permanent, seasonal and casual staff and associated budgets.
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What a Canada Day gift: Cliffs of Fundy to become a designated UNESCO Global Geopark 1July2020

Dedication of Partridge Island, Aug 21, 2016 at Ottawa House, Parrsboro

Dedication of Partridge Island, Aug 21, 2016 at Ottawa House, Parrsboro. Partridge Island is a traditional gathering place for the Mi’kmaq. View post
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There are so many special places in Nova Scotia.

Twenty years ago or so, I fell in love with “The Parrsboro Shore” – my terminology for the area extending from the first glimpse of tidal rivers and marshes as you take the exit from the Trans-Canada at Masstown and head west on the Glooscap Trail going through some wonderful vistas and place names (my favourite: Upper Economy, Economy and Lower Economy) and keep going a very long time, turning away from the coast at Advocate and heading north to return to the coast  at Apple River and continue on by the Raven Head Wilderness Area, perhaps hiking down to Birch Cove, then on to Sand River – or backtrack to Eatonville and our magnificent Chignecto Park.

I have returned there every year, usually in late summer or early fall. It conveys so much history, recent and ancient, that of the Indigenous peoples just coming into “our” (the settlers’) consciousness.

There is the feeling of the air, the vastness of the mud flats, the feeling as you stand on a cliff and look along the coast that you are sharing the air and the land with people of a hundred and a thousand years ago.
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Naturalist writes impassioned letter to Nova Scotia Premier McNeil to cease roadside clearing operations during nesting season, appeals to others to also write 30Jun2020

Photo #1 in Bev Wigney’s Letter to the Premier: A female Red-Eyed Vireo “sitting tight” on her nest of eggs which is fastened to a small Sugar Maple sapling inside the fencerow alongside Route 201 at the bridge at Round Hill on July 4, 2019.
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It seems that new controversies about forestry in NS come up at fairly regular intervals,  the “Lahey Report” (Aug 2018) and all of L&F’s stated intentions to follow Lahey’s recommendations notwithstanding.

The latest is an uproar about the use of “tree grinders” to clear wide swaths beside country roads.

It started with an op-ed penned by Marilyn Cameron of Hawthorn Hill Farm in Grafton N.S. and published in the Chronicle Herald on June 24, 2020 under the title MARILYN CAMERON: Tree grinders a blight on our beautiful roadways. From the Op-ed:

I was told we were “lucky” to be chosen for a capital upgrade to our beautiful, rural dirt road in Kings County. Directives for the project came from the “highest level of government.”
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More MCFC Webinars July 7-21: Irregular Shelterwood, Backcountry, Migratory Birds & Forestry, Edible & Medicinal Plants 27Jun2020

Next MCFC webinar: Tues June 30, 2020: Bob Seymour on Irregular Shelterwood Silviculture in the Acadian Forest – Overview and Application to Nova Scotia. This is very relevant to the Ecological Forestry Matrix of the Triad, and Bob Seymour is unquestionably the expert, as well as being involved in the whole Independent Review process. View this page on NSFN for some  info. on Irregular Shelterwood. I found the intro to Irregular Shelterwood in the First Webinar, at approx 24-34 min in the video, especially helpful.

I am not one given to attending meetings and lectures whether in-person or online, but I had no difficulty taking in every minute of the first three presentations & discussions in the Medway Community Forest Co-op webinar series. Below are links to archived youtube videos of the webinars to date and links provided by the presenters:

Introduction to Ecological Forestry
with Mary Jane Rodger, Jun 9, 2020

& link to MCFC management plan

The Why and How of Environmental Assessment of Forest Management on Public Land
with Peter Duinker June 16, 2020

Forest Plants – Identification and Species of Interest to Forest Stewardship
with Alain Belliveau, June 23, 2020
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Biodiversity Landscape Planning for Nova Scotia is being developed as part of the L&F Environmental Assessment Project 16Jun2020

EAs for Crown land forestry could calm some rough waters in NS, but until we have them, L&F should put a hold on or at least significantly restrict Crown land logging operations; or  implement a precautionary Biodiversity Landscape Plan.

Can EAs for forestry on Crown lands in NS ensure that planning for biodiversity conservation takes place on a landscape level  scale and put to rest public concern about Crown land forestry practices?   Image from NSFN post of Jan 8, 2019


Update June 19, 2020: A video of the presentation by Peter Duinker and the followup discussion is available on the YouTube channel for the Medway Community Forest Coop.
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One of my bugs going back to pre-Independent Review days has been to do with the the Landscape Level impacts of forestry practices in NS on Biodiversity.

None of the initial set of projects laid out by L&F in response to the Lahey Recommendations (re: Post June 27, 2019) explicitly addressed the issue, but I assumed it would be covered under the Forest Management Guide Project as “A revised PTA process, expanded to include biodiversity values in forest management planning” was cited as a key deliverable.
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Upcoming MCFC webinars should shed some light on L&F responses to Lahey recommendations 14June2020

Some text added & editing June 15 am, 2020

A lot is expected from application of an Environmental Assessment process to Crown land forestry operations in Nova Scotia

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We are not hearing much from L&F these days, except for the routine announcements of new Crown land logging allocations.

Those announcements continue pretty much on the old model while we wait, seemingly forever, for the detailed L&F response to and the actual on-the-ground application of the Lahey recommendations.

A bit of a sleeper in the various news about the Lahey Recommendations is the concept or plan to apply a “a Class II environmental assessment – or a process akin to that kind of environmental assessment” to forestry operations on Crown lands; also, the concept or plan to apply “the overall responsibility for forest management on some Crown lands… to an incorporated entity that is inclusive of multiple constituencies, including First Nations, forestry companies, landowners, municipalities, park and wilderness area administrators, and those defined as environmentalists.”
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Petition launched to “Protect birds from being destroyed during nesting season” in Canada quickly reaches 1000 signatures 7Jun2020

Blackburnian Warbler photographed by Angela Granchelli

June 18 am, 2020 : 5,232 have signed on

A petition launched by Bev Wigney of the public Facebook group Annapolis Royal & Area – Environment & Ecology just before noon on June 6, 2020, to “Protect birds from being destroyed during nesting season” had reached 1000 signatures by 4 pm today.

While Bev Wigney writes from Nova Scotia where our forests are amongst the most, if not the most, intensively harvested in Canada, currently and historically, she comments “I am hoping this will go out across Canada to all the other provinces where nesting birds are being threatened by industrial activity. This is a federal matter so this is a Canada-wide campaign.”
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A very appropriate Happy World Environment Day message 5June2020

Lungwort lichen, an indicator of good air quality, on red maple

Wayne Neily of Tremont, Nova Scotia, posted a very appropriate Happy Environment Day Message on the Nova Scotia Bird News

Happy 50th World Environment Day everyone.

At least, most of us have made it to another one, although the earth is looking rather beaten up. It would be good if we could get back to the level of interest and concern of the 1970s and early 1980s when each province and the federal government had an environmental advisory council, and when ecological concern was widespread and went beyond the concept of climate change.

The idea of Limits to Growth had been advanced by the Club of Rome, international cooperation on the issues had been organized, in large part thanks to the efforts of Canadian Maurice Strong, and the planning and framework for what was called “sustainable development” were developed mainly by Norway’s Prime Minister Brundtland and the Round Tables set up following her plan. Unfortunately, big business came back with a vengeance in the 1990s, many of these gains were lost, EIAs greatly limited and reduced in effectiveness, and funding cut for many programmes.
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Medway Community Forest Co-op offering informative webinar series June 9 to July 1, 29May2020

Posted May 27, 2020, on Medway Community Forest Co-op Facebook Page:

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