Monthly Archives: February 2018

A scientist’s perspectives on NSDNR Science

Helga Guderley, a retired but still very active biologist, was one of the founding members of the Healthy Forest Coalition and was the instigator of a petition against clearcutting for biomass that quickly garnered over 20,000 sign-ons in early 2016. … Continue reading

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“It’s not all industrial strength clearcutting and biomass devastation out there”

So reads an introduction by Woods and Waters Nova Scotia (public Facebook group) to a message and photos forwarded from a worker for a woodlot in Upper Rawdon, N.S. “I work for a woodlot owner co-op that manages this lot … Continue reading

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Pannozzo: Proper EA for Northern Pulp Mill effluent thwarted

UPDATE Feb 17, 2018: P.E.I. MLAs question N.S. pulp mill officials over wastewater plan CBC News, Feb 16 A legislative committee hearing in Charlottetown was packed to overflowing on Friday for a presentation about the potential impact of a wastewater … Continue reading

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Great Northern gears up Musquodoboit Pellet Mill

The last I heard about Great Northern Timber’s interest in the Musquodoboit Pellet Mill was back in August when the Chronicle Herald reported that “Nova Scotia forestry company Great Northern Timber Group is poised to buy and restart the shuttered … Continue reading

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Game sanctuaries still fair game for industrial forestry and miners

An article in the Chronicle Herald today provides some of the history of our Game Sanctuaries and highlights the fact that except where they overlap with formally protected lands, clearcutting and mining can still take place; hunting and trapping cannot.* … Continue reading

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Carbon Opportunities Conference in Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia March 7 & 8, 2018

A notice has been circulating about a Maritime Forest Carbon Opportunity Conference, sponsored by the Nova Scotia Landowners and Forest Fibre Producers Association (NSLFFPA) and the Cape Breton Privateland Partnership (CBPP) to be held in Port Hawkesbury March 7 and … Continue reading

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Loon Lake clearcuts continue, illustrate lack of landscape level planning

The conflict over clearcutting in Nova Scotia could hardly be presented more graphically than in the poster above, which I just received. In May I posted an item about proposed clearcuts near the Loon Lake Nature Reserve in Guysborough Co. … Continue reading

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Saturday responses to Black, continued…Feb 10, 2018

Bill Black went for a repeat of his anti-tree hugger performance (Black Jan 20) with his reference to a ‘tight-knit posse of activists’ in last Saturdays BLACK: How can rural N.S. prosper without resource extraction? (CH, Feb 3, 2018) Writes … Continue reading

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Will our governments enable Forest Smart, Climate Smart and Dollar Smart opportunities for private woodlot owners in Atlantic Canada?

New Brunswick based Forest International’s efforts to promote carbon offsets as an income generator for private woodlot owners in Atlantic Canada is featured in the business section of today’s Chronicle Herald. Atlantic Canada’s woodlot owners could benefit from the growing … Continue reading

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Bancroft on the real costs and dismal returns to Nova Scotians of running the PHP biomass plant 24/7

It had been rumoured that the PHP Biomass plant had returned to 24/7 operation. Now Bob Bancroft confirms that we are back at it, burning 50 to 60 tractor-trailer loads of wood per day to generate electricity at 21% efficiency… … Continue reading

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