Monthly Archives: August 2017

Independent Review of forestry in Nova Scotia finally announced

The Liberal government’s choice of William Lehey to head up the review is evidence they want it to be credible. In its pre-election budget address on April 27, 2017, the Liberal government announced that it would “appoint an independent expert … Continue reading

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A reminder of Nova Scotia forests’ real potential

According to the Chronicle Herald “Nova Scotia’s Liberal government is expected to announce Wednesday [today, Aug 30, 2017] a promised independent review of forestry practices in a province where clear cutting remains highly controversial.” The article by Keith Doucette cites … Continue reading

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CN Rail won’t spray but Nova Scotia industrial forest cos & chief public health officer defend it otherwise

A recent article in the Chronicle Herald provides a number of details about the status of herbicide permits for woodlands and rail right-of-ways in Nova Scotia, as well as the weighty comments of experts. The principle agent is Visionmax, containing … Continue reading

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Thoughts on a day of a solar eclipse

Solar eclipses seem to elicit deep feelings and connections to our larger being, momentarily taking us away from our obsession with the here and now. I had decided to spend the morning of August 21 exploring an area where I … Continue reading

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Editorials and letters about forestry in Nova Scotia continued..Aug 22, 2017: Columnist bemoans broken promises

“In its first term, the Liberal government failed virtually every test of forest conservation.” In VIBERT: Promise may be last chance for N.S. forests, Jim Vibert writes In its first term, the Liberal government failed virtually every test of forest … Continue reading

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In Annapolis, Nova Scotia, Sunday Aug 20: Forest Market and Fair

The Medway Community Forest Cooperative is holding their first annual Forest Market and Fair at the Annapolis Royal Farmer’s Market grounds on Sunday, August 20th from 11:00am-2:00pm. Visitors are invited to Explore the amazing diversity of goods and services that … Continue reading

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Thurs Aug 17, 2017: Public seminar on Nova Scotia’s Western Crown Land Planning Process by WestFor Manager

Marcus Zwicker, General Manager for WestFor, the consortium of mills managing the Western Crown Lands, will speak at the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute at 4 pm, Thurs Aug 17 as part of MTRI’s Summer Seminar Series. These seminars are being … Continue reading

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Call for input to FSC Forest Management Reregistration audit on Nova Scotia Crown lands managed by Port Hawkesbury Paper

FSC is the Forestry Stewardship Council, “an independent, non-governmental, not for profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests.” FSC Certification “guarantees your customers that the FSC-labelled product they buy has come from a forest and … Continue reading

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‘Still no word on the Independent Review of Nova Scotia forestry

Asked about the Independent Review, DNR Deputy Minister Julie Towers interviewed on CBC Information Morning On June 30, 2017, commented that they were “scoping it out, drafting Terms of Reference and we are bringing forward the options so that we … Continue reading

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‘Looks like the Musquodoboit, Nova Scotia, pellet plant will reopen

UPDATE AUG 25, 2017: The deal is still in the works “likely to be finalized within about a month.” (Chronicle Herald Aug 24, 2017). The last we heard was that “it’s déjà vu all over again in Middle Musquodoboit as … Continue reading

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