Comment on Woods and Waters Nova Scotia
RS: This story seems right out of a Walt Disney movie script.. the old growth forest being fed into a big old inefficient giant biomass boiler. I mean the solar energy conversion of an Acadian forest to power is just brutal. If the annual growth increment is 2 tonnes per ha per year it would be converting sunlight to biomass at about 0.3% per year and then the power plant is operating at 30% efficiency so its sunlight to biomass to electricity at 0.1% efficiency. A modern solar power plant converts sunlight to power at 20% efficiency so its 200X more efficient. Seems to me a few more wind and solar power system installs would be cheaper and employ as many people.
UPDATE Mar 17, 2018: Old-growth burning reignites biomass debate
Aaron Bewsick, Chronicle Herald, Mar 17, 2018. With 84% being burnt via the Biomass Burner (73%) or Firewood (11%), PHP, NSP, NSDNR ad even FSC are doing their part to increase GHG emissions while calling the practices “sustainable”.
In reference to Danny George’s claim that Old Growth forest is being cut on Crown land in the Loon Lake area (see Post, Feb 23, 2018), Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources used some very cautious language in response to queries from the Chronicle Herald and managed to avoid any admission that their system for managing harvests of Crown land forests is seriously flawed.
Port Hawkesbury Paper, while facing criticism about its clearcutting practices, is aligning itself with the pro-fracking elements within the Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MoDG) Council.
On March 7 officials associated with Port Hawkesbury Paper appeared before Council to deliver a report on the company’s forestry practices, prompted in part, by recent media stories regarding their company’s alleged, clear-cutting of old growth trees in the Loon Lake area of Guysborough County.
There’s lot’s about tree pests and diseases to observe and think about as we approach a new season in Nova Scotia’s forests
Old beech by St.Mary’s River, Guysborough Co. Click on photo to view larger version.
American beech, although highly affected by the beech bark disease that got its start in Nova Scotia in the late 1800s, is pretty abundant in many hardwood and mixed Acadian forest stands in Nova Scotia. So an item highlighted on forestindustry.com Volume 3, Issue 5 piqued my interest:
…The authors… used U.S. Forest Service data from 1983 to 2014 from the states of Maine, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont to track trends in forest composition. They found that abundance of American beech increased substantially, while species including sugar maple, red maple and birch all decreased. Continue reading →
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Controversy has arisen over the age/Old Growth status of yellow birch harvested on Crown lands in the Loon Lake area, whether the harvesting methods and follow-up treatments are sufficient to maintain yellow birch, and about the fate of the harvested wood.
I received today PHP’s public response to concerns about harvesting in the Loon Lake area. It is provided below as received (except that the PDF text is converted to WordPress text).
We (the public) and PHP (as cited below) are now awaiting on NSDNR for a report on their assessments of stands said to be Old Growth in the area but not currently classified as such by NSDNR. (At least we are hoping that NSDNR will provide such a report in a timely fashion; there have been no promises.)
The Sandy Lake area (top) stretches between the Sackville River and Hammonds Plains Road of Bedford. The small forested in Dartmouth stands out in Google images. Click on image for a larger version
While loss of old forest habitat associated with extensive clearcutting on short rotations in more rural areas is considered by ecologists to be the #1 threat to forest biodiversity in Nova Scotia, bulldozers in and around the more urban areas continue to do their part. The areas may be relatively small on a provincial basis and compared to clearcuts, but they can be important ecologically, and socially – and the losses are permanent.
Developers are aware of the social aspect and where valued old trees are involved, some have chosen to cut first and respond to (or ignore) outrage later, all empowered by the lack of any regulations on cutting trees on private land in Nova Scotia even in urban areas. Continue reading →
We’ve heard a lot recently about pollution of Boat Harbour and the Northmberland Strait now and potentially long into the future by effluent from the Northern Pulp Mill in Pictou, but the air pollution is no less omni-present. In her her two earlier “Dirty Dealing” articles, investigative journalist Linda Pannozzo focussed on the liquid effluent:
The Margaree Environmental Association is “Keepin’ on”
UPDATE Mar 13, 2018: On Rick Howe Show, this a.m. (9-10 segment): ” If you’re driving around the HRM you may notice three new billboards have been put up to draw attention to the loss of bird nests due to industrial forestry practice. Co-Chair of the Margaree Environmental Association Neal Livingston is behind the new billboards and will tell us more about his efforts to wrap up the first hour”.
For many, the Anti-Clearcut billboards that have gone up recently in Halifax will recall an earlier (2012) billboard of the same ilk, put up by forester and then law student Jamie Simpson (he is now a practicing lawyer specializing in environmental law).*
Now the Margaree Environmental Association has placed billboards at three locations: two of the billboards are on Barrington St. north of North St. – one incoming to downtown Halifax, and one outgoing; the third (3 sided) is at the Windsor St./ Kempt Rd/ Bedford Highway intersection as you are come into the city. Continue reading →
Bob Bancroft talking about cavity dwellers in a talk to the Friends of Redtail Society in 2013
Bob was interviewed by Rick Howe on the Rick Howe Show this a.m., a followup to the controversy surrounding cutting of purported Old Growth forest in the area of Loon Lake, Guysborough Co. (For some background, view archived posts on Loon Lake)
The audio can be accessed for 1 week at Rick Howe Audios Pick March 6, 2018, 10 a.m. segment, beginning at 1:36 mins ending at 11:05 mins. An abbreviated transcript is given below; I have added some sub-titles. OG=Old Growth DNR = Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources
Is Old Growth Forest being cut?
RH: A veteran logger complains that an OG forest is being cut on Crown land in Guysborough Co. The province’s Old Forest Policy declares that NS will conserve its OG forest on public lands…DNR says it is ivesigtaing the Danny George claim.
My guest this hour says it’s true. Bob… Danny George says the OG forest is being cut.. you went out to check, tell us what you found. Continue reading →
The Old Forest policy does not adequately protect Old Forest
NSDNR is responding to concerns expressed by Danny George about ongoing harvests near Loon Lake Nature Reserve, but they are NOT amongst the approved harvests currently posted on the Harvest Plan Map Viewer – X is the “Danny George site”.
This is a lengthy post, so I am providing a clickable Table of Contents.