It’s not multiage management and it’s not a substitute for implementing Irregular Shelterwood harvesting as recommended by Lahey and Seymour
L&F’s illustration of A “variable retention prescription with 10% retention left standing”. The latest HPMV notification cites 91% of the proposed harvests on 350 ha as VR 10%.
As of July 18, 2019, L&F made a “minor” update in the HPMV. From the e-mail sent out on July 18, 2019 to subscribers to map update notifications (see Harvest Operation Maps webpage to subscribe):
…the Harvest Plans Map Viewer (HPMV) will receive a minor update on July 18, 2019. The update involves labelling the percent retention of proposed plans with a Variable Retention (VR) prescription.
The percent retention of these proposed plans will be seen in two locations:
Poster. Click on image for larger version
From the MTRI announcement:
The Department of Lands and Forestry started a provincial forest soil sampling program in 2015 to acquire up-to-date chemistry data for nutrient budget modelling and monitoring purposes. In 2017, the Department also worked with Kejimkujik National Park to re-sample soils at two forest sites first sampled more than 20 years ago. This presentation will provide an overview of results from these projects with a focus on western Nova Scotia conditions
This presentation will provide a rare opportunity to learn about L&F’s progress towards incorporating nutrient budgeting into its Crown land harvest decisions, once promised for mid-2010. Continue reading
So it (still) goes in in Nova Scotia in 2019
Little Brown Bat. Photo by SMBishop on Wikipedia
Bear River author/naturalist Scott Leslie was interviewed on CBC’s Information Morning NS today about his discovery of the Little Brown Bat at the Corbett Lake Old Hardwood Forest (view NSFN Post July 17, 2019). An ‘abbreviated transcript’ of the interview is appended below.
Scott explained how he detected Little Brown Bat and how the Corbett Lake forest provides critical habitat for the bat.
While L&F Minister Iain Rankin put a temporary hold on logging following Scott’s earlier discovery that endangered Chimney Swifts nest in the forest, Scott is concerned that ‘after those birds raise their young and leave the forest… it will be heavily logged despite the fact that it is also home to the Little Brown Bat’.
The Little Brown Bat is a SAR (Species at Risk) federally and in NS, and you would think that would be enough to protect its habitat. However Scott was told that ‘the [federal] Species at Risk Act can only protect animals, in this case the bats, if they are on federal land, and of course this is not federal land.’
Two approaches to forest management in Nova Scotia: LEFT: even aged management/short rotations. RIGHT: Selective harvesting only, high standing volume maintained. The latter but not the former would be eligible for carbon offset credits, and conserves old forest biodiversity
Monday, July 29, 2019 is the final date for submitting comments on the proposed Biodiversity Act. Don Wilson shares his perspectives on how forestry can be practiced to protect biodiversity in Nova Scotia.
L&F conducted a Biodiversity Act Consultation over the period July 17 to July 25 with five sessions- July 17, Halifax; July 19, Caledonia; July 23 Bible Hill evening; July 24 Bible Hill morning; July 25 Membourtou. The process by which people were informed or invited was obscure but most or all who asked for an invite once they learned about it, received one, or just attended.
Monday, July 29, 2019 is the final date for submitting comments via StratPolPlanning@novascotia.ca. View the presentation deck from the consultation sessions, and the information package that went to invitees here.
Don Wilson, a “Member of the Healthy Forest Coalition and an owner of an Acadian forest acreage”, was one of approximately 25 in the July 23 Bible Hill evening session which I attended and had prepared a formal submission. I asked if I could post it on NSFN, to which he agreed. I have added some bolding and images.
A new item has been provided on the webpage for the Independent Review (now retitled as “Ecological Forestry Implementation”): What We Heard – Ecological Forestry Forum (PDF, 35 pages). The Update for the webpage is dated July 8, 2019.
The document provides an Overview of the Event, referring to a link to a YouTube Video of Minister Rankin’s and Deputy Minister Tower’s remarks, and summaries of Project-Focused Small Group Discussions that took place under headings corresponding to the Project Teams previously announced as in place (Forest Management Guide, High production Forestry etc).