Dale Prest to give MCFC webinar on Fighting Climate Change with Forests on Wed Aug 5, more in the series and view those already given 29July2020

Coming up next week:

Intro to the Forest Series: Fighting Climate Change with Forests – how do we get there?
by Dale Prest.
Wednesday, August 5, 2020, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
“Having founded the Climate Forest Company, Dale’s mission is to fully deploy the Acadian Forest in the fight against climate change. While using forests to capture and store carbon seems straight forward – just let the trees grow – in practice it is a much more difficult socio-economic nut to crack. Having built the only carbon offset projects in eastern Canada, Dale has experience in the different ways carbon can be monetized to drive better forest management. In addition, Dale has a long history in forestry in NS, having grown up in a family that has been in the logging and saw milling sector for generations. With this in-depth understanding of the opportunities and barriers to implementing carbon capture and storage management in our forests at scale, Dale will explore what he sees as potential paths forward in the sector in the coming years.”
To register, contact Heba Jarrar at: heba@medwaycommunityforest.com

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Saturday is Parks Day, Lots to celebrate but Nova Scotia is no longer a leader 16July2020

Fall scene in the Five Bridge Lakes Wilderness Area. Click on image for larger version

Saturday is our National and Nova Scotia Parks Day. It’s a day to celebrate and reflect on our Parks and Protected Areas (PPA).

CPAWS, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, released its annual Parks Report Healthy Nature Healthy People, yesterday and appeals to Canadians to Take Action and encourage the federal government to “put parks and protected areas at the heart of recovery” from Covid19, noting: Continue reading

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Ornithologist talks about Migratory Birds and Forestry in Nova Scotia 15Jul2020

I hope that Prof. Staicer’s presentation is widely viewed – and assimilated

MCFC poster for Prof Staicer’s presentation
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There is a lot of info about birds that is well known to birdwatchers when you talk to them, but is often hard to access or to fully comprehend for those who are not themselves experienced birdwatchers and also familiar with the extensive scientific literature on birds. For example, the kind of info needed to answer the question, ‘what are the likely effects of widespread clearcutting in NS on bird populations?’

I have assembled at least a sampling of the scientific literature and various articles on birds and forests and forestry under Natural History/Birds, but I have still found it difficult to answer that question – and to critique the answer of DNR/L&F that cats have far greater impact on bird populations in NS than clearcutting.

I couldn’t have ordered a better tutorial on the topic of birds and forests and forestry in NS than the webinar on Migratory Birds and Forestry given by recently retired Dalhousie Professor and ornithologist Cindy Staicer in the Medway Community Forest Cooperative (MCFC) webinar series yesterday. It is now available as a Youtube video.
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The Right to a Healthy Planet 13July2020

Birdlife International is calling on the UN to add the right to a healthy natural environment to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, more specifically to

  • Vote to include the right to a healthy natural environment at the UN Human Rights Council, in the UN General Assembly and as an urgent topic at the UN Summit on Biodiversity in September 2020.
  • Ultimately include the right to a healthy natural environment in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by December 2023 to mark the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration by the UN General Assembly.

BLI is asking people to sign a petition to this effect.
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MTRI Summer Seminar Series features Forest Biodiversity Management , Recreational Fisheries, Legal Context of “Habitat”, Highways/Landscape Connectivity 6Jul2020

MTRI poster for July 9 presentation

Amongst some of the positive things we are learning to do in the Covid-19 era is near GHG-free meetings, discussions, lectures etc. I have been really enjoying the Medway Community Forest Coop Seminar Series and now MTRI (Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute) is sending out invitations to participate in their upcoming Summer Seminar Series. For July, the topics are

July 9, 2020: Biodiversity Management in the Medway Community Forest
Presented by Jennika Hunsinger

July 16, 2020: International and other Diverse Perspectives on Recreational Fisheries
Presented by Thomas Sweeney

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L&F looking for Area Manager/member of Regional Management Team to lead program delivery in the Yarmouth and Digby offices 3Jul2020

From Jobs Nova Scotia:

About Our Opportunity

The Department of Lands and Forestry is seeking a dynamic Area Manager to lead program delivery in the Yarmouth and Digby offices. Through the effective leadership of staff and resources, you will be responsible for the efficient delivery of Department Programs including the management of permanent, seasonal and casual staff and associated budgets.
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What a Canada Day gift: Cliffs of Fundy to become a designated UNESCO Global Geopark 1July2020

Dedication of Partridge Island, Aug 21, 2016 at Ottawa House, Parrsboro

Dedication of Partridge Island, Aug 21, 2016 at Ottawa House, Parrsboro. Partridge Island is a traditional gathering place for the Mi’kmaq. View post
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UPDATE:
– It’s official! Cliffs of Fundy, Bonavista Peninsula named UNESCO Global Geoparks
Emma Davie, Emily Chung · CBC News July 10, 2020
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There are so many special places in Nova Scotia.

Twenty years ago or so, I fell in love with “The Parrsboro Shore” – my terminology for the area extending from the first glimpse of tidal rivers and marshes as you take the exit from the Trans-Canada at Masstown and head west on the Glooscap Trail going through some wonderful vistas and place names (my favourite: Upper Economy, Economy and Lower Economy) and keep going a very long time, turning away from the coast at Advocate and heading north to return to the coast  at Apple River and continue on by the Raven Head Wilderness Area, perhaps hiking down to Birch Cove, then on to Sand River – or backtrack to Eatonville and our magnificent Chignecto Park.

I have returned there every year, usually in late summer or early fall. It conveys so much history, recent and ancient, that of the Indigenous peoples just coming into “our” (the settlers’) consciousness.

There is the feeling of the air, the vastness of the mud flats, the feeling as you stand on a cliff and look along the coast that you are sharing the air and the land with people of a hundred and a thousand years ago.
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Naturalist writes impassioned letter to Nova Scotia Premier McNeil to cease roadside clearing operations during nesting season, appeals to others to also write 30Jun2020

Photo #1 in Bev Wigney’s Letter to the Premier: A female Red-Eyed Vireo “sitting tight” on her nest of eggs which is fastened to a small Sugar Maple sapling inside the fencerow alongside Route 201 at the bridge at Round Hill on July 4, 2019.
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It seems that new controversies about forestry in NS come up at fairly regular intervals,  the “Lahey Report” (Aug 2018) and all of L&F’s stated intentions to follow Lahey’s recommendations notwithstanding.

The latest is an uproar about the use of “tree grinders” to clear wide swaths beside country roads.

It started with an op-ed penned by Marilyn Cameron of Hawthorn Hill Farm in Grafton N.S. and published in the Chronicle Herald on June 24, 2020 under the title MARILYN CAMERON: Tree grinders a blight on our beautiful roadways. From the Op-ed:

I was told we were “lucky” to be chosen for a capital upgrade to our beautiful, rural dirt road in Kings County. Directives for the project came from the “highest level of government.”
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More MCFC Webinars July 7-21: Irregular Shelterwood, Backcountry, Migratory Birds & Forestry, Edible & Medicinal Plants 27Jun2020

Next MCFC webinar: Tues June 30, 2020: Bob Seymour on Irregular Shelterwood Silviculture in the Acadian Forest – Overview and Application to Nova Scotia. This is very relevant to the Ecological Forestry Matrix of the Triad, and Bob Seymour is unquestionably the expert, as well as being involved in the whole Independent Review process. View this page on NSFN for some  info. on Irregular Shelterwood. I found the intro to Irregular Shelterwood in the First Webinar, at approx 24-34 min in the video, especially helpful.

I am not one given to attending meetings and lectures whether in-person or online, but I had no difficulty taking in every minute of the first three presentations & discussions in the Medway Community Forest Co-op webinar series. Below are links to archived youtube videos of the webinars to date and links provided by the presenters:

Introduction to Ecological Forestry
with Mary Jane Rodger, Jun 9, 2020

& link to MCFC management plan

The Why and How of Environmental Assessment of Forest Management on Public Land
with Peter Duinker June 16, 2020

Forest Plants – Identification and Species of Interest to Forest Stewardship
with Alain Belliveau, June 23, 2020
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Biodiversity Landscape Planning for Nova Scotia is being developed as part of the L&F Environmental Assessment Project 16Jun2020

EAs for Crown land forestry could calm some rough waters in NS, but until we have them, L&F should put a hold on or at least significantly restrict Crown land logging operations; or  implement a precautionary Biodiversity Landscape Plan.

Can EAs for forestry on Crown lands in NS ensure that planning for biodiversity conservation takes place on a landscape level  scale and put to rest public concern about Crown land forestry practices?   Image from NSFN post of Jan 8, 2019


Update June 19, 2020: A video of the presentation by Peter Duinker and the followup discussion is available on the YouTube channel for the Medway Community Forest Coop.
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One of my bugs going back to pre-Independent Review days has been to do with the the Landscape Level impacts of forestry practices in NS on Biodiversity.

None of the initial set of projects laid out by L&F in response to the Lahey Recommendations (re: Post June 27, 2019) explicitly addressed the issue, but I assumed it would be covered under the Forest Management Guide Project as “A revised PTA process, expanded to include biodiversity values in forest management planning” was cited as a key deliverable.
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