And with no Landscape Level Planning for Biodiversity Conservation and No Nutrient Management on the severely depleted soils
The feelings many Nova Scotians have expressed when they return to a site where once stood a mature forest and now a sloppy clearcut as at Higgins Mt are universal (View video). The [bad] feelings are compounded by rising global concern over climate change and biodiversity losses.
Update Nov 21, 2019: Fortunately Jennifer Henderson at the Halifax Examiner spotted an error in the latest WestFor interim Agreement which would have given WestFor a 28% increase
in its SW Nova Scotia wood allocation when there was supposed to be no increase, and now L&F is re-writing the Agreement. View Bad math at Lands & Forestry
by Jennifer Henderson for the Halifax Examiner (Nov 21, 2019)
Also on Nov 201, 2019: Environmentalists say logging companies are rushing clearcuts near Lake Deception before new forest regulations come into effect
by Jennifer Henderson for the Halifax Examiner “Environmental groups are pushing back against three proposed cuts in a rural area near Lake Deception north of Shelburne. The cuts are on Crown land allocated to 13 companies in the WestFor group, which includes Northern Pulp, Louisiana Pacific, Ledwidge Lumber, and Harry Freeman & Sons. These “variable retention” cuts (a forest industry euphemism for…”
In a few words and photos, the author of the blog My Acadian Forest paints a devastating image of forest degradation along the backroads of Lunenburg County.
The fall colours were stunning, so many beautiful lakes, hilltop farms, gorgeous old stone work.
So many clearcuts.
…I appreciate that we need forestry. I live in a wooden house. And neighbours work in the sector.
But is this kind of cutting sustainable? Please, let me know.
Because from the seat of my vehicle, it looks like its going fast.
Read more of ‘Scenic Drives’ by Tom Rogers.
I guess much of what T.R. is seeing is on Private Lands, where Nova Scotians have the right to conduct major environmental alterations with no EA (Environmental Assessment) or even a forest harvest PTA (Pre-Treatment Assessment as required on Crown lands).