Finally, word of a Progress Report from Prof. Lahey on Nova Scotia’s effort to shift to ecological forestry 14Apr2021

The report was scheduled initially for spring of 2020; one might say ‘Better Late than Never’, but in this case that will depend very much on the content of Prof. Lahey’s Progress Report and on whether Forest NS and allies are able to thwart any action on what they don’t like about it.

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Progress report on N.S.’s effort to shift to ecological forestry expected in June
Michael Gorman · CBC News,  Apr 14, 2021 “Lands and Forestry Minister Chuck Porter said during budget debate on Tuesday at the legislature that University of King’s College president Bill Lahey will provide an update to his department this month and have a finalized review complete for public release about two months later.”

As originally scheduled, there was to be “A one-year assessment of the Province’s progress” in early 2020, and “A longer-term framework to guide the preparation of on-going evaluations to assess progress towards achieving the ecological model of forestry management in Nova Scotia as envisioned in the Review” by the spring of 2020. View Evaluation of the Implementation of the Ecological Forestry Model (document dated 2019-12-12, accessed today on L&F’s Ecological Forestry page). Continue reading

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What’s the earliest flowering native plant in Nova Scotia? The quest continues 6Apr2021

In an effort to answer the question, Bob Guscott went to the one place where he could find the two candidates – Eastern Dwarf Mistletoe and Skunk Cabbage – close together

Eastern Dwarf Mistletoe (left) and Skunk cabbage (right)  were both in flower on the Balancing Rock trail on March 30, 2021. Photos by Bob Guscott
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Highlighting: “Migrant Songs Of Spring” 5Apr2021

Migrant Songs Of Spring
Article by Scott Leslie in the current issue (April/May 2021) of Saltscapes Magazine, available as a sample.

He describes with photos and text the “beautiful vagabonds” singing their songs as they rejoice in another Atlantic Spring, but are in turn challenged by logging operations during breeding season – up to 160,000 nests now being destroyed each season in Nova Scotia.

Thx to Bev Wigney for highlighting this article in a post on Annapolis Royal & Area – Environment & Ecology, shared from a post on facebook by DC Continue reading

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Nova Scotia Forest Notes taking a break 25 Mar 2021

Spring and remnants of the Natural World in Nova Scotia  beckon; we need to learn from those remnants while they are still with us.

‘I expect NSFN to re-emerge with a different focus.

‘Dunno when.

For the time being, the current content (June 21, 2016 to Mar 25, 2021)  will remain posted; it  is also  archived on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.

Mar 29, 2021: I am providing some ‘In the News’ Updates in these two posts:

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Mar. 29, 2021 – Law Amendments Committee Proceedings

Lindsay Lee talks to Law Amendments Committee

 


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Five Big Victories of Big Forestry versus the ‘Biodiversity Lobby’ in Nova Scotia, one pending 25Mar2021

NSDNR Minister MacDonell at rally in 2010: “There’s gonna be a reduction in clearcutting in Nova Scotia.” View video

Big Forestry has managed to get a taboo on regulating just about anything on private lands in Nova Scotia and to continue to get what it wants from our Crown (public) lands while degrading their ecological and social value. It illustrates Big Forestry’s remarkable clout, given that Forest Products-related GDP amounted to only 0.9% of Nova Scotia GDP in 2018. The rest of us, and the natural world in Nova Scotia, are paying for it.

Victory #1 A taboo on any regulation of clearcutting on private land
2010: Natural Resources Strategy Recommends 50% reduction in clearcutting on Crown and Private lands; DNR Minister Macdonell promises to follow through.
2011: Big Forestry’s first Big Win of the decade with NDP Premier Dexter’s transfer of Minister MacDonell out of DNR (to Agriculture) in early 2011.
2018: Taboo reasserted by Lahey 2018
(Credit Dexter & McNeil Governments). Continue reading

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Rankin Government: “No plans to bring an interim moratorium while they work on implementing Lahey” – CBC 17Mar2021

UPDATES
Why we need a clearcutting moratorium – a brief history lesson
David Patriquin in the Nova Scotia Advocate, Apr 4, 2021
Forest Nova Scotia & the 6 to 1 Fillmore Slam Dunk (video)
The Naturalist, Apr 2, 2021
Province House round-up: Rankin defends resource policies
Jennifer Henderson in the Halifax Examiner Mar 31, 2021. Said Rankin in an interview: “The report does not ask for a moratorium on clearcutting, nor does it actually recommend eliminating clearcutting. So I think that for those that are really interested in evolving to ecological forestry, they should read the report and they should go over the different aspects that actually allow us to get to ecological forestry by working together and by sustaining the industry in the long run.”
Crowds gather across Nova Scotia to protest changes to Biodiversity Act
Michael Gorman · CBC News Mar 30, 2021
This just in: Jacob arrested late this afternoon following a sit-in at the Department of Lands and Forestry in Halifax.
Larry Powell, post on Annapolis Royal & Area – Environment & Ecology (public Facebook Group) circa 4 pm Mar 30, 2021: “Jacob has been arrested late this afternoon following a sit-in at the Department of Lands and Forestry in Halifax…He ended the hunger strike today but our own Nina Newington and many others from Extinction Rebellion took up Jacob’s cause today by occupying Lands and Forestry offices across the province.”

Halifax, Mar 30, 2021. I was asked to talk; view my speaker notes

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Big Forestry versus the Nova Scotia Biodiversity Act, round II 16Mar2021

Ad thanking  supporters in campaign against the Biodiversity Act in the Masthead News Apr 1, 2021. “The fight isn’t over. The Halifax Activists won’t give up”

UPDATES:
Biodiversity Act passes at Province House, regulations still to come
Michael Gorman · CBC News Apr 14, 2021. “…The changes Rankin announced to the bill came in the face of a highly co-ordinated lobby effort bankrolled by industry lobbyists that attempted to pit landowners and environmentalists against each other. NDP forestry critic Lisa Roberts noted it was left to landowners, environmentalists and others who supported the bill in its original form to find a way to push back against the lobby effort…NDP Leader Gary Burrill said the changes the Liberals made to the bill, reducing it from 19 pages to seven, robbed it of its promise..urrill accused the Tories of buying into the lobby effort talking points, posturing for the sake of politics and being outdated and out of touch with the realities of climate change and the requirements to respond. Houston, meanwhile, shot back that his party was the only one willing to stand up for rural landowners and questioned the relevance of the NDP.” Continue reading

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Two tales of Environmental Justice versus the Economy in Nova Scotia 14Mar2021

Environmental justice embraces the principle that all people and communities are entitled to equal protection of environmental and public health laws and regulations.
— ROBERT D. BULLARD, cited on environmentaljustice.ca

This city block with the once iconic & upscale Mills Brothers (above) disappeared (below) sometime recently. Is its resting place on the North Mountain of the Annapolis Valley?

Tale # 1 has a good if highly protracted ending that we all know about: the closure of Boat Harbour. A good ending justice-wise, that is. Not so good economically in the short term for the forest industry  but the government quickly opened our coffers to soften the blow.

A little over a year later and at least some sectors of the forest industry are doing just fine: our sawmills are thriving, an unpredicted outcome of the unpredicted pandemic, and it seems there is no sign of the demand for lumber declining. Many suspect that pressure from the sawmills/WestFor is the reason that L&F/our government chose not to talk to the moose protestors or otherwise strengthen its protection of mainland moose;  the government was still smarting from the beating it took from some of its traditional  supporters over its stand on Boat Harbour.

Tale # 2 is still in progress and seems to have resided largely below the radar of environmental activists in NS: the disposal of “fluff” and other toxic wastes – mostly from Halifax – at the Arlington dump on the North Mountain overlooking the community of St. Croix Cove. Continue reading

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Nova Scotia Forestry Map Issues…continued 12Mar2021

The PTA was requested one month before and received 33 days after the Comment Period closed

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Is High Production Forestry compatible with the Nova Scotia Premier’s commitment to carbon neutrality? 11Mar2021

Simply put, one cannot make the assumption that “implementing the Lahey recommendations” will help to mitigate climate change

Candidate Rankin and now Premier Rankin continues to voice loudly his commitment to addressing climate change, in the Speech from the Throne promising that “Nova Scotia will be the first province in Canada to achieve carbon neutrality.”

In the same context he cites changes in forestry:

In the forestry sector, my government will accelerate the implementation of the recommendations of the report of Professor William Lahey to adopt ecological forestry principles, placing protection of the ecosystem and biodiversity in the forefront of forest management practices.

My government is committed to higher value production with lower ecological impacts as we innovate away from industrial forestry to ecological forestry.

It is pertinent to note that the Lahey Report did not cite or even highlight how the proposed changes in forest practices would affect carbon emissions. To illustrate, the word “climate”is cited 9 times, 8 of them referring to effects of climate change and adapting to climate change, 1 to the “business climate”;  there is nothing on climate change mitigation. Continue reading

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