Monthly Archives: May 2017

Neal Livingston: We need good public policy to drive the transition to better forestry in Nova Scotia

Specifics are given in an 8-stage plan to transition from clearcutting to a selection cutting forest economy Margaree Environmental Association activist, woodlot owner, power producer and filmmaker Neal Livingston, interviewed about forestry on the Sheldon Macleod show the day after … Continue reading

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Clearcutting comes up in Nova Scotia Leaders’ Debate

It’s a sign of the times, I guess, that questions related to environment were not posed by the CBC hosts during the first 70 minutes of the 90 minute Leaders Debate yesterday evening. They did come up in questions from … Continue reading

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Nova Scotia election: only the Greens are unequivocal about clearcutting

Candidates representing the environmental platforms for the Liberals, Conservatives, NDP and the Greens made short presentations and participated in Q&A in an Environmental Issues Election Debate yesterday. The event, held at Kings College in Halifax, was sponsored by the Ecology … Continue reading

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Editorials and letters about forestry in Nova Scotia, AFR for May017

Two letters in the May 2017 issue of Atlantic Forestry Review reflect on N.S. Crown land management issues. Tom Miller of Green Hill, N.S. focusses on the need for better management of Crown land hardwoods, not that softwoods don’t also … Continue reading

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Nova Scotia forestry science simply wrong

Speaking at the Tupperville, Annapolis Co. Community Hall on May 9, 2017, forest ecologist Donna Crossland reiterated her oft repeated criticism of NSDNR’s claims that its harvesting methods mimic natural disturbances. It simply isn’t true, she says, as reported in … Continue reading

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Forestry becoming an election issue in Nova Scotia

The N.S. Liberals made some key environmental commitments on May 8 including Maintaining the moratorium on fracking (the Liberal government introduced a moratorium on fracking in 2014);. Introducing a new Coastal Protection Act; Introducing a new Biodiversity Act and launching … Continue reading

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Are biofuels from Nova Scotia forests good for the environment? Show us the science!

A recent opinion piece in the LocalXpress by Rod Badcock of BioApplied Innovation Pathways extols the potential benefits of a high-tech “bioeconomy” for Nova Scotia. He cites Cellufuel in Brooklyn N.S, as “forging a new innovative path, developing a renewable … Continue reading

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Re-commit to the Natural Resources Strategy & regulate clearcutting says EAC

Regulation of clearcutting is one of four Green Priorities the Ecology Action Centre has identified for the next Nova Scotia Government to implement (Nova Scotia will elect a new government on May 30, 2017): Nova Scotia needs to regulate clearcutting … Continue reading

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PHP: eyeing diversification as challenges mount

“Bottled water didn’t work. Maybe sea bass will. With the price of its glossy printing paper falling and an ongoing battle against American countervailing duties, the Port Hawkesbury mill continues to try to diversify…” view CH (May 1, 2017)

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This evening (May 2) in New Glascow: Rehabilitation of the Appalachian Deciduous Forest

‘Just received news about an informative talk this evening (May 2): Nova Scotia was a mosaic of different forest associations that reflected differences in rock, soil, climate and First Nations management. While a large portion of the landscape was covered … Continue reading

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