Says Bev Wigney, “Why don’t you leave something for dessert?”
Or, just perhaps, for the Next Seven Generations.
Bev Wigney, today, on Annapolis Royal & Area – Environment & Ecology, a public Facebook Group. (Bolding inserted):
Hello Forestry Maps Entity,
I wish to comment on Parcel # IN205583 by email and not via the HPMV as I am including several maps and there is no way to do so using the HPMV platform. I’m including some maps as they are relevant to my comment.
While there are a number of reasons that this proposed harvest is objectionable, I’m going to focus on a matter that greatly concerns me and that has to do with the arboreal landscape mining that is taking place in the Cape Breton Highlands. Parcel # IN205583 provides a good example. Continue reading
A Figure from L&F’s summary description of the new FMG
From Forest Management Guide: public consultation
Nova Scotians are invited to provide their feedback on the new Forest Management Guide, which outlines the silviculture prescriptions and timber harvest methods allowed on Crown land. You can submit your feedback by 19 February 2021.
They have provided an informative summary and a feel-good video.
Under How to Participate
Read the draft guide: Silvicultural Guide for the Ecological Matrix.
In Nova Scotia, we set up windmills to reduce fossil fuel use and GHG emissions; then we clearcut around them to reduce carbon sequestration so we can be sure the planet keeps getting warmer anyway. Or something like that.
Apologies, ‘published’ in error while I was drafting it; ‘should be up in a few days.**
For info on the site in question (today is last day it’s open for comment on the HPMV), see
PI204568 atop Dalhousie Mountain 15Jan2021
My comment, submitted today:
On top of a mountain, 100 m from a nature reserve, the largest patch of multi-aged/old growth in the area (outside of PAs), sugar maple dominant, a popular area for hikers..ignores effects on old forest biodiversity conservation and carbon sequestration (how ironical.. next to a windmill); to harvest it at all is flagrant disregard for the many alternative values Nova Scotians have for such areas, also to the basic spirit of the Lahey Report
Prevalence of early forest development stages in central Nova Scotia can be attributed to “High-grading at the Landscape Level” over the last 60 years. Map from the Provincial Landscape Viewer Click on image for a larger version.
Examples from the two most recent Harvest Plan Notifications, one in Queens Co. in SW Nova Scotia and one in the area of the proposed Ingram River Wilderness Area (Halifax Co.) illustrate how the practice of “log the best and leave the rest” (high-grading) continues to operate at a landscape scale on Nova Scotia’s Crown lands, the Lahey Recommendations (2018) and those of the Natural Resources Strategy (2010) notwithstanding.
Supposedly the crime of previous generations of foresters was to “log the best and leave the rest”, so-called “high-grading”.
In response to a CBC piece titled Fear of looming economic blow remains 1 year after Northern Pulp closure (Emma Smith · CBC News, Jan 7, 2021), Andy Kekacs, Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners and Operators Association asks : If the failure of one, keystone wood buyer could potentially wreak such havoc on a critically important part of the provincial economy, why would we ever allow such a situation to develop again?
Kekac’s full comment, from the Facebook Page for the Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners and Operators Association (links inserted):