Monthly Archives: March 2017

WestFor makes its case to Digby Municipal Council

In an article in the Digby Courier Sara Ericsson reports on a Mar 28, 2017 presentation by the WestFor General Manager, Marcus Zwicker, to Digby Municipal Council on its business and methods. This followed concerns about the extent of clearcutting … Continue reading

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Editorials and letters about forestry in Nova Scotia, continued..29Mar2017

WestFor defended View Crown land prudence (CH, Mar 29, 2017). The author, whose name is cited at the end, fails to mention that he is co-owner of one the mills in the WestFor group. Odd: the general manager for WestFor, … Continue reading

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Nova Scotia forests & forestry: birds, mosses and biophilia

As well as in op-eds and letters to the editor, more voices expressing concern about the state of Nova Scotia forests or simply a love of the Acadian forest are appearing in the social media. A few that I have … Continue reading

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Call of the Forest documentary screens in Halifax tonight (Mar 24, 2017)

“Call of the Forest comments on the state of the world’s old growth forests and reminds us that trees provide emotional and physical benefits to those ever in its presence.

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Softwood lumber woes

“Still left out in the dark, however, are Nova Scotia’s private wood lots owners” Well before the American election, our softwood lumber trade with the U.S. (worth circa $85M to Nova Scotia, and $4.6 billion to Canada at large) was … Continue reading

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LighthouseNOW article provides a little more clarity on pending WestFor Agreement

Negotiations with the Mi’kmaq community are required and appropriate. An article by Brittany Wentzell in LighthouseNOW, a Bridgewater and Lunenburg-based newspaper, provides some new info about the pending Forest Utilization Licence Agreement (FULA) that would give a consortium of 13 … Continue reading

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“We cannot log and burn our way out of climate change”

So says Dr. Bill Moomaw, Professor of International Environmental Policy at Tufts University and an author of The Great American Stand: US Forests & The Climate Emergency. “Logging forests and burning trees to generate electricity in place of coal while … Continue reading

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Nova Scotia increases max height for wooden residential buildings

“Nova Scotia is adopting changes to the National Building Code, which include increasing the maximum height of wooden residential buildings from four to six storeys. The Fire Safety Act and Regulations will also be changed to enhance safety requirements for … Continue reading

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Resolute suit related to PHP still underway

Montreal based Resolute Forest Products’ suit related the Dexter government’s deals with the Port Hawksbury Paper (PHP) mill continues. View US paper company claims $52 million under NAFTA (Printing Industry news, March 8, 2017). With the Trump government wanting to … Continue reading

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FAO promotes forests and energy for International Day of Forests, Mar 21

“The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests (IDF) in 2012. The Day celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests. On each International Day of Forests, countries are encouraged to … Continue reading

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