The meeting was hosted by Gerald Keddy, well known and respected as the MP for South Shore – St. Margaret’s for 18 years, also a woodlot owner, and Colin Hughes, owner of G&C Hughes Enterprises Ltd and Colin Hughes Forestry.
“This is our resource, this isn’t a resource to be owned by 11 sawmills and have a complete monopoly on it, this is a resource that belongs to all of the people of Nova Scotia,” said Keddy…Keddy says he suspects the reason cutting on crown is desirable is that it is “subsidized” because the province pays WestFor to manage the land and because the stumpage fees are lower than on private land. However those numbers are not available to the public and Keddy says “it’s very difficult to find real numbers.”
Read more in LighthouseNow
Colin Hughes spoke at length about the WestFor issue in a CBC Information Morning interview on June 27, 2017. There were follow-up interviews with Markus Zwicker, General Manager of WestFor Management Inc; Julie Towers, Deputy Minister of NSDNR; and forest ecologist Donna Crossland
Tip of the hat to MP for directing me to this story, and kudos to Brittany Wentzell/LighthouseNow for their continuing, in-depth coverage of the WestFor issue.