A reminder of Nova Scotia forests’ real potential

Troop Island, Aug 29, 2017
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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 EAC’s Raymond Plourde:

Plourde maintains the review isn’t needed because of the exhaustive work done as part of the province’s 10-year natural resources strategy, released in 2011.

Still, Plourde sees the review as an opportunity to restore a balance that was abandoned when the government announced last year that it was moving away from a goal of reducing clear cutting on Crown land by 50 per cent.

Coincidentally yesterday, I paddled to Troop Island in St. Margaret’s Bay with a couple of teenagers to show them the forest that the first Europeans would have seen when they landed on our shores, the forest that our Mi’kmak peoples stewarded over the previous 5000+ years.

A few meters into the forest, the teenage chatter faded. The young visitors were immersed in their surroundings.

We are very fortunate that this particular piece of land has fallen neither to the axe (although a small chunk of land was cleared for a dwelling and there was likely some selective cutting historically) nor to the bulldozer, for which we can thank the St. Margaret’s Bay Stewardship Association, the Nova Scotia Nature Trust and hundreds of individual citizens many or most of whom have never been to Troop Island but understood its significance.

Perhaps the individual or individuals involved in the Independent Review could also make a voyage to Troop Island to help them appreciate our forests’ real potential, for high value wood and related products, wildlife, carbon storage and for our grandkids and their grandkids.


St. Margaret’s Bay Stewardship Association: Troop Island
In particular, view A Trip to Troop Island – “Join naturalist Bob Guscott and the legendary environmentalist [the late] Rudy Haase of Friends of the Earth as they visit the old growth Acadian Forest on Troop Island and explain its significance.”

Troop Island Protected, Forever
NS Nature Trust announcement, 2012

Troop Island Habitats
My own first impressions on a visit to Troop Island in 2009. (I had been there previously, in 1974/75, when I had an underwater project just off the island, but had not explored the interior.)

Thanks to B.M. of St. Margaret’s Bay for facilitating my voyage to “Troops” with The Boys

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