Kespukwitk Two-Eyed Seeing Gathering at Bear River First Nation on October 18 and 19, 2018



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Three forestry field days in Central Nova Oct 6-20, 2018 illustrate “what can happen with careful, long-term management of forestland”

Andrew Kekacs of NSWOOA forwarded info about three forestry field days planned in Central Nova onver the periond Oct 6-20, 2018:

The collaboration includes Alhol Forestry Coop Limited of Amherst, Conform Limited of Middle Musquodoboit, North Nova Forest Owners Co-op limited of Wentworth, and Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners & Operators Association of Truro. All of the organizations have decades of experience working with family forest owners.
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Good and bad of the latest Nova Scotia Crown land forest harvest announcement

Screen shot of HPMV, Sep 20, 2018. Titles added for Keji and Nature Reserave

From The Healthy Forest Coalition (Public Facebook group)

Sep 19, 2018

ML: Check out the latest updates for the Harvest Map Viewer.

Queens County is getting the largest area harvested at just over 740 ha, or 1828 acres. 399 of those ha (985.5 acres) are clearcuts, the equivalent of just under 746 American football fields, for perspective.

So, the good news is that almost 50% of the harvests for Queens County are some form of partial harvests and that that 37% of the partial harvests are slated for individual tree selection. Unfortunately, the majority are uniform or strip shelterwoods, which some (including the National Forest Database) would call 2 stage clearcuts.

The bad news (besides, you know, an area not too shy of 2,000 acres getting clearcut in one county alone) is that around 100 ha (247 acres) of the clearcuts will occur within 3 km of Keji’s south-east border, many of them occurring roughly 1 km away. A further some 240 ha (592.8 acres) is also slated for clearcut across the province.
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Industrial Forestry working the spreadsheets following L&F directive to reduce clearcutting on Nova Scotia’s Crown lands, while confusion reigns at L&F about the directive

The optics are not good and a sense of deja vu

Conversion of mixed Acadian forest to industrial softwood forest under past practices on Crown land. (Photos in Nov. 2016) Is that about to change following the Report from the Independent Review?  That’s far from clear right now.

In a CBC post on Sep 17, 2018 – Nova Scotia ‘serious about reducing’ clear cutting: email, Michael Gorman reported that “Work has started behind the scenes in Nova Scotia to reduce clear cutting on Crown land, a month after a review recommended much stricter ecological management of lands owned by the province.”

Contrary to Lands and Forestry (L&F) Minister Iain Rankin’s comments last week which suggested it would take some time for government to begin to act on recommendations from the Independent Review, Gorman reports that “a department email addressed to major players in the industry* on Sept. 11, which CBC News has obtained, shows steps are already being taken that will see reductions in clear cutting.”
*Cited as Port Hawkesbury Paper, Great Northern Timber, Westfor Management Inc., Taylor Lumber and the Medway Community Forest Cooperative.
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A Reminder: 500 days to go until the closure of Boat Harbour

“…and NP still hasn’t filed for their environmental assessment on a new treatment facility”

Some of the Comments on Post

GJH: The industrial approval for Northern Pulp also ends on this date.

TMD: Clean up the Pictou County Pulp Mill. Kathy Cloutier, Bruce Chapman and John Lohr all seem hell bent on making people think that closure date was arbitrary. Nope, it was by design to coincide with the end of this industrial approval.

GJH: Link to NSE Approval EFFECTIVE DATE: March 9, 2015 EXPIRY DATE: January 30, 2020
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Sep 11, 2018: Forest fires on the upswing in Nova Scotia

Our encouragement of softwoods over hardwoods hasn’t helped

Burn restrictions for Sep 11, 2018, 2:00 pm to Sep 12, 8:00 am from novascotia.ca/burnsafe/

Some how or another we have avoided major fires so far this summer, but a few have got out of control recently. They are particularly hazardous after prolonged drought because they will burn deep into the soil. Our encouragement of softwoods over hardwoods hasn’t helped.

Abbreviated transcript  from a CTV news video (Sep 11, 2018):

CTV: Nova Scotia’s Natural Resources department is restricting all travel and activity within its forests. The goal is to reduce the risks of wild fires and its spreading. Listen to this…

Dave Steeves: It was approx 90 ha in size but we did have some growth and now we are at 140 ha in size.
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While we wait for the government response to the Independent Review, clearcuts on Nova Scotia Crown lands continue unabated

Image at right: As expressed on Woods and Waters Nova Scotia.

Here is the Message I received as a subscriber to updates on the Harvest Plan Map Viewer:
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Concerns expressed about cutting into a deer wintering area on Crown land in Upper Vaughan

So… The Review is in. If the recommendations are adopted, this sort of practice would likely end.

View Update from Markus Kehoe/WWNS, Sep 13, 2018

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From a post  on Woods and Waters Nova Scotia (Facebook page):

Time to circle the wagons and rally the troops – again!

This map and update just in from Markus Kehoe:

“They’re back with a new plan….after public outcry, they scrapped the partial cut plan for the deer yard and have decided to spare a small portion at the top and clear cut the rest now.”
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Plourde/EAC offer constructive analysis of The Report from the Independent Review and suggest ten things the government should do immediately

It’s taken some time to digest The Report

Raymond Plourde, Wilderness Coordinator for the Ecology Action Centre has written a lengthy, thoughtful op-ed commenting on the The Report from the Independent Review of Forest Practices in NS. View:

OPINION: Lahey forestry report: The good, the bad & the missing
Raymond Plourde in the Chronicle Herald. published online Sat Sep 8, 2018

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Some reservations about The Report on the Independent Review of Forest Practices in Nova Scotia

I have expressed my basic support for the report as a whole, however is not a “free pass” on the whole report. Sooner or later we will have to deal with the reality that two Pulp Mills (perhaps not even one) AND a viable higher value wood industry AND a minimally adequate level of landscape conservation for wildlife/mixed multi-aged Acadian forest AND providing the land time to recover from severe nutrient loss/acidification over about 60% of the landscape cannot be sustained, nor can forest bioenergy function as a sustainable alternative to pulp mills as a consumer of low value wood.

I have come under a bit of fire for my basic support for the conclusions & recommendations coming out of The Report on the Independent Review of Forest Practices in Nova Scotia as expressed in two posts:
Report from the Independent Review of Forest Practices in Nova Scotia released
Post Aug 21.
All quiet on The Independent Review of Forest Practices in Nova Scotia for now
Post Aug 30, 2018.
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