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.
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.”
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 →
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 →
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”
– 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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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 →
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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