& On Stop Clearcutting Cape Breton: “Follow the new logging roads” 30Nov2020

A new Forest Watch group – Stop Clearcutting Cape Breton – emerged recently. A Public Facebook Group, it is A place for people from Cape Breton and the surrounding area to organize and share information related to the alarming rate of clearcutting happening on public lands in our region.

Reads the latest post, by Admin Adam J Malcolm:

“3121+ acres of crown land on the hills separating Marble Mountain from River Denys. Follow the new logging roads. Not terribly hard to tell what the plan is for this forest…These hills are drained through streams lined by some of the last truly old remnant hemlock forests I know of in the province outside of a national park.”

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“What will it take to get the Nova Scotia Government to obey its own Environmental Laws?” 29Nov2020

Nova Scotia Forest Protectors show up in numbers to stand in solidarity with the Moose Country Blockade.

“What will it take for the Ministry of Lands and Forests to acknowledge our presence and respond to our requests for a meeting?

“What will it take to get the NS Government to obey its own Environmental Laws (as was ordered by the NS Supreme Court?)?”

– Rob Bright on Annapolis Royal & Area – Environment & Ecology (Public Facebook Group)

Photos by Betty Wright, shared on Annapolis Royal & Area – Environment & Ecology (Public Facebook Group)

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Irregular Shelterwood harvests still largely experimental on Crown lands 2+ years post Lahey Report 26Nov2020

From R. Seymour, Section 2.4 Ecologically Based Multi-Aged Silviculture in the Acadian Forest, in Research Addendum to A Natural Balance: Working Toward Nova Scotia’s Natural Resources Strategy 2010

UPDATE Nov 30, 2020:
In spite of the very limited practice of Irregular Shelterwood silviculture on Crown lands to date, Iain Rankin says “the new Forest Management Guide will result in the most substantive stand level changes in the matrix forest, and the work of the project team (with co-author Bob Seymour) has been very thorough. The Guide should be ready for implementation, in the next calendar year, after the public consultation period ends. It will shift the vast majority of prescriptions away from the single-aged clearcutting approach, to irregular shelterwood.”

Why am I skeptical that will happen any time soon? Well perhaps it will, but only after L&F/Big Forestry have staked out their High Production Forestry sites on the best remaining Crown forest so there is no slowdown in the clearcutting.
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Irregular Shelterwood silviculture figured prominently in the the Lahey Report as practices that should be adopted in NS (also in the 2010 Natural Resources Strategy).

Yet 2+ years after the Lahey Report was submitted, this prescription remains a minor and not-reported-component of harvests on Crown land forests.

I sent the following question to Forestry Maps on Oct 16, 2020

On the HPMV, Irregular Shelterwoods, called for in the Lahey Review, are not shown as a category.

Are any of the ‘Shelterwoods’ shown in recent postings Irregular Shelterwoods?

Can you give me some examples?

Thx

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Nature Nova Scotia launches petition to halt clearcutting in area of SW Nova Scotia where Mainland Moose occur 24Nov2020

The petition to Nova Scotia Department of Lands and Forestry was initiated by Nature Nova Scotia, the organization that led the legally successful lawsuit to require L&F to enforce the Endangered Species Act.

It seems L&F is still stonewalling.

In the meantime, a committed group of Nova Scotians/Extinction Rebellion NS has set up a blockade to stop logging and are determined to stay there until definite action is taken to stop the clearcutting in moose habitat.

So far there has been no response – view Blockade continues to stop Digby County clearcuts by Joan Baxter in the Halifax Examiner, Nov 24, 2020. “Moose habitat protectors still waiting for word from the Department of Lands and Forestry – or is it the Department of Silence?”

and Double-pronged clearcutting protest results in two arrests at government office, by Francis Campbell in the Chronicle Herald Nov 24, 2020. “They gave us clear warning that they were going to arrest us,” said Eleanor of the Extinction Rebellion group. Eleanor, who preferred not to have her last name used, said the four were sitting on the floor outside the office and asked to speak to Minister Derek Mombourquette but were told he wasn’t in. They then said they would leave peacefully if the minister would call Nina Newington, spokeswoman for the Extinction Rebellion group that is blocking access for logging equipment in Digby County but were told by reception that they didn’t have the minister’s contact number. Eleanor said she was handcuffed and dragged down the hall, to the elevator and through the building atrium to a police car… ”

Is it really that difficult to talk to people?

Please see the petition (http://chng.it/tKkvKNhTVT) for additional details.

View Moose Search for related items on NS Forest Notes, In the News for recent items in the news and Social Media Posts for some of the buzz – and action – via Social Media



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Bob Bancroft on the Sad Plain Truth about Nova Scotia L&F ‘s management of our Endangered Mainland Moose 19Oct2020

Thus letter from Bob Bancroft was shared on Annapolis Royal & Area – Environment & Ecology Nov 18, 2020

LETTER::: This is a letter from Bob Bancroft – biologist and president of Nature Nova Scotia – to Bob Petrie, Director of Wildlife for the NS Department of Lands and Forestry. I have Bob Bancroft’s permission to post his letter here for our group. Thanks to Bob for continuing to stand up for wildlife in this province. – Bev W
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November 17, 2020
Dear Bob,

I’m writing you again after spending several days on Crown land in western NS where large clear-cutting is either taking place, or about to take place, and where moose are present. I spoke with and interviewed a number of well-informed citizens who outlined traditional moose areas on my NS Map Book and other places where they had seen moose that were recently displaced by harvest activities. I saw moose tracks myself.
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It seems L&F’s response to just about everything is ignore, study some more, hire some more & keep on logging 16Nov2020

With still no response from L&F to the protests over logging in Mainland Moose Country, the Naturalists’ legally successful lawsuit not withstanding, I read this am that L&F is now looking for a Resource Analyst – Wildlife Biodiversity Modeler (Biologist 3).*

It seems L&F’s response to  public concerns is

  1. Ignore the protests
    (except those expressed behind closed doors by Big Forestry)
  2. Study some more
  3. Hire some more
  4. Keep on Logging.

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On tree-planting in Nova Scotia & “Why I created Halifax Trails” 13Nov2020

& On some of the many benefits to be had and to celebrate from not clearcutting our forests and not mindlessly expanding our urban footprints

Posted on Halifax Trails Public Facebook Group, Nov 9, 2020:

Click on image for the CBC story: ‘Completely different, crazy world’ of B.C. tree planting revealed in new documentary Rafferty Baker · CBC News Nov 7, 2020 “One Million Trees gives viewers a taste of the gruelling job without having to step on the cut block”

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Nova Scotia Lands & Forestry seeking new Manager, Forest Management Planning12Nov2020

An ad was posted on Tuesday Nov 10, 2020 for Manager, Forest Management Planning at NS Lands & Forestry.

From the Advert:

Primary Accountabilities

You will manage the administration and operations that support decision making and policy development of the province’s forests and that contribute to the provincial goals of enhancing biodiversity, ecological sustainability, and economic prosperity.

Qualifications and Experience

Successful candidates will have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry or a related discipline and several years of related experience in forestry operations management, or an acceptable combination of education and experience.

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Nova Scotia’s Mainland Moose: “We are still here. Let us Be.” 8Nov2020

Some  pics of this magnificent animal in Cumberland Co. & a racap of its challenging recent history

We are hearing a lot about the Mainland Moose recently,  but they are elusive and wary of humans and probably well less than 1% of Nova Scotians have seen them.

Ken Adams, recently retired as Director/Curator of the Fundy Geological Museum in Parrsboro,  spends a lot of time observing rocks and wildlife in Cumberland Co.
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Nova Scotia Healthy Forest Coalition alarmed by ‘cutting frenzy’ on Crown lands & calls for moratorium on all even-aged management cuts until Lahey’s recommendations are implemented 5Nov2020

HFC Co-ordinator Mike Lancaster was interviewed this morning on CBC Info AM. Click on image to access the archived audio file. Also reported in CBC Post: Forestry coalition calls for halt on some types of harvesting on N.S. Crown land & on CBC Evening News 33-39 mins

From the HFC Press Release (bolding inserted):

Nov. 3, 2020

CLEARCUTTING MUST STOP – HEALTHY FOREST COALITION ALARMED BY ‘CUTTING FRENZY’

Convinced that the government has abandoned its commitment to implement the recommendations of the Independent Review of Forest Practices, the Healthy Forest Coalition (HFC) is calling for ‘a moratorium on all even-aged harvests’ on public lands.

Speaking for HFC, Coordinator Mike Lancaster says that ‘high conservation forests have been lost at an unacceptable rate,’ since Professor William Lahey reported on the review over two years ago. In December 2018 the government accepted the ‘spirit and intent’ of his recommendations. Since then development of new silviculture guides has proceeded extremely slowly, while the Department of Lands and Forestry has allowed harvests to proceed at an increased pace under the old rules. Since the beginning of 2019 the department has received applications for harvesting almost 25,000 ha. of Crown land. Most of these have been approved. There has been a slight increase in approvals for uneven age treatment, but HFC estimates that over 71.6% of these harvests will be ‘even aged’ treatments.
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