Francis Martin, Deputy Minister Nova Scotia Environment sent this message out on July 19, 2018 (I happened to be on the mailing list):
Regarding the recent CBC reporting on protected areas and to clarify, there has been no change of direction by government. Nova Scotia remains focused on achieving our provincial goal of 13 per cent protected land. No decision has been made by government – positive or negative – with respect to protecting additional lands from the plan once the 13% goal has been reached. We will look at next steps once we reach the 13% goal. Also, all lands identified in the plan for which a protection decision has not been made will remain under the current interim management policy until a decision is made by government on these sites.
Kingsley Brown thinks the Report will recommend FSC certification, already implemented by many private woodlot owners, as the key to moving ahead, and expresses disdain for “the public’s unwarranted negativity” about forestry in Nova Scotia. But even FSC has a way to go to provide standards truly appropriate for Nova Scotia where we have the most intensive harvesting in Canada on some of the poorest soils.
Professor Lahey has received feedback on the draft report from legal advisors in international law and is in the process, with his team, of reviewing the feedback and considering changes, if any, to the report and supporting documents. As previously indicated, when completed, the final report will be released simultaneously to the public and to the Minister.
” On Friday July 6, Pictou harbour will fill with fishing and pleasure boats and the Pictou waterfront with citizens gathered for the first major Nova Scotia #NOPIPE Land & Sea Rally in support of a healthy Northumberland Strait.
“We cannot allow 70-90 million litres a day of pulp mill waste to enter the prime fishing grounds of the Northumberland Strait,” says Ronnie Heighton, president of the Northumberland Fisherman’s Association and Gulf of Nova Scotia Fleet Planning Board.
At issue is Northern Pulp’s proposed new effluent treatment system.”
The Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute (MTRI) 2018 Summer Seminar Series has begun. Just gone by (Thurs Jun 28): Freya Clark of the Medway Community Forest Co-op talked on the topic “What is Community Forestry?”.
Old Forests in the Maritimes
A presentation by Amanda Lavers and Colin Grey Date & Time: Thurs 5 July 2018 beginning at 4 p.m. Place: Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute (MTRI), 9 Mount Merritt Road Kempt, Queens County.
(View their Contact us page for more details on how to get there.)
The Halifax Green Network Plan (HGNP) was initiated in 2015 shortly after the adoption of the 2014 Regional Municipality Planning Strategy (Regional Plan). The 2014 Regional Plan directs the creation of the priorities plan to: “…protect and preserve connectivity between natural areas and open space lands, to enable their integration into sustainable community design, to help define communities, to benefit the Municipality’s economy and the physical health of its people, and to reflect and support the overall purposes of this Plan.”- from Item No. 15.1 Community Planning & Economic Development Standing Committee June 21, 2018
The evidence is sufficient that I breathe more easily when traversing larger patches of older forest, and I am more on guard for blacklegged ticks/lyme when I am in smaller patches or in and out of clearcuts.
UPDATE July 10, 2018 More evidence that forest fragmentation a factor in ticks/lyme increase: Forest ecology shapes Lyme disease risk in the eastern US Predators, acorns, & fragmentation regulate numbers of infected ticks Science Daily, July 9, 2018. Related scientific paper: Tick‐borne disease risk in a forest food web
Richard S. Ostfeld et al., Ecology, 99(7), 2018, pp. 1562–1573 “…Given the notorious challenges with diagnosis and treatment of tick-borne illnesses (Sanchez et al. 2016), and the high costs to patients and society of these reactive approaches, prevention of exposure based on ecological indicators of heightened risk should help protect public health.”
The South Shore of Nova Scotia, according to Mount Allison University biologist Vett Lloyd cited in the Chronicle Herald on May 19, 2018, is “probably the worst place in Canada” for lyme disease-carrying black legged ticks. The worst that is for humans but the best place from the ticks’ perspective.* Continue reading →
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