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.
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).
Contributed photo of hemlock stand in the Tusket ravaged by wooly adelgid, winter of 2017/2018.
Skull of vampire bat by Mokele on Wikipedia.
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Perhaps the ghosts of the hemlock wooly adelgid in the form of those dead grey trees could have a benefit, which is to remind ‘adults’ of the costs of denying our real impacts on our natural world and we will begin, as ‘the kids’ are demanding, to take the radical steps necessary to save what we can.
A few days ago, I was given a lesson on how to look for early signs of the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid (HWA), aka the Hemlock Vampires.
Nova Scotians (and the Feds) were taken by surprise by this exotic pest which was first reported in in NA in Virginia is 1951 and is now found spread through 20 eastern states (Limbu et al, 2018).
A thorough sham – and shame – of process
View Update Oct 29, 2019
The provincial government quietly posted on their website on Friday afternoon that there is a Law Amendments Hearing for the public, on Monday morning at 11:45, on the SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS ACT (Bill 213)…they have given citizens barely any time to organize people to speak up
This is the LAW that the Province will go by, for the next 5 years, on what they will work towards for reducing carbon emissions!
This is it!
Modified Oct 19, 2019 a.m.
The composition of The Committee is good news; Significant changes in the L&F website for the Lahey Report/Ecological Forestry; and Landscape Level Planning for Biodiversity Conservation still under the radar.
The Press Release:
Moving Nova Scotia toward an ecological forestry management approach will consider the best available science and perspectives from people and organizations from across the province.
Lands and Forestry Minister, Iain Rankin, has appointed a new advisory committee with 14 members from environmental non-government organizations, industry, the Mi’kmaq and academia.
“Nova Scotians are deeply connected to the natural environment and should understand how and why decisions are being made related to the stewardship of our forests,” said Mr. Rankin. “I look forward to working with this group as we adopt an ecological forestry approach in Nova Scotia.”
The committee will advise the minister on the policies and priorities related to implementing the model recommended in Prof. Lahey’s independent review of forestry practices.
Perhaps there are some lessons to be learned
We are worried about losing The Mill, or for some, about the possibility of not losing it.
Perhaps there are some lessons to be learned from the west coast where this year “more than 4,000 forestry workers have lost their jobs according to the province”. So Lee Wilson writes in Forestry forum tries to find solutions to a struggling industry published on APTN News Oct 4, 2019.
Writes June Ross in a Letter to the Ed in Castanet a few days later: Forestry crash no surprise
As a tax-paying citizen, I am writing about all the complaining about forestry job losses.
Why does this now, after 40 years of inaction by any government, come as a surprise?
There are forestry acts (Private Managed Forests Lands Act, Forest and Range Practices Act) and regulations that have done nothing for us citizens.They have done nothing to save our watersheds from clear cutting that is decimating many drinking water watersheds across this province.
On March 29, 2019, theNova Scotia Environment minister directed Northern Pulp to submit a Focus Report to address deficiencies in its Registration Document for its proposed Replacement Effluent Treatment Facility.
In a news release yesterday (Oct 2, 2019), NSE announced that NP had submitted the report, and that “The report will be available online within 14 days once department staff have done a preliminary check to confirm it is complete.”
Evidently, that didn’t take long: the full focus report was made publicly available today (Oct 3, 2019)