Monthly Archives: February 2019

“When is a Clearcut still a Clearcut?” in Nova Scotia 26Feb2019

Posted Feb 26, 2019 Modified Feb 27, 2019 It appears that L&F selected parameters for its Variable Retention Harvests to emphasize harvesting over ecological values. The Interim Retention Guidelines document that L&F released as a key component of its initial … Continue reading

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Evidently, Nova Scotia L&F considers adherence to the Interim Retention Guidelines as equivalent to Not Clearcutting 25Feb2019

Variable Retention is L&F’s new way of describing clearcuts, sometimes. Overstory Removal is another. At least in the Interim. In a post on Feb 20, 2019 – Nova Scotia L&F “eliminates clearcutting” – the word that is – I noted … Continue reading

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Recent changes (Jan 30 & Feb 20, 2019) in Harvest Plan Map Viewer increase concerns about clearcutting in Nova Scotia

And some comments on Social Media from Minister Rankin raise more questions about what’s going on at L&F. “Nova Scotians want and expect an open and transparent process when it comes to the management of Crown lands,” said Natural Resources … Continue reading

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Nova Scotia L&F “eliminates clearcutting” – the word that is

UPDATE feb 28, 2019: L&F responds to questions On Feb 11, 2019, Shelly Hipson, one of the more active of the many Nova Scotians now keeping an eye on those elected and appointed officials who are supposed to keep an … Continue reading

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Marcus Zwicker: Managed forests sequester more carbon than unmanaged forests

Some do, some don’t; the statement is unlikely to apply to current management of the forests of Nova Scotia In a post on Marcus Zwicker’s Facebook page, the WestFor General Manager presented the diagram below, with the comment “Managed forests … Continue reading

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Burned, the Movie about forest bioenergy, continues to make the rounds in Nova Scotia

While our bureaucrats, politicians, industrial forestry and Nova Scotia Power continue to claim that the Port Hawkesbury biomass plant contributes to GHG reductions for NS, Burned,the Movie, continues to make the rounds:

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March 12-13, 2019: Forested Wetlands in Atlantic Canada Concluding Project Workshop

Info about the workshop as received: Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia Room 303, Student Union Building, 6136 University Ave. Oral and poster presentations on Tuesday March 12, 9:30-18:30 Discussion and synthesis on Wednesday March 13, 9:00-12:30 Project partners and other … Continue reading

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If an Old Growth stand in Nova Scotia blows down, is it still Old Growth?

My answer, Yes, if the blowdown is not removed (e.g. as a salvage harvest) Posted Feb 4, 2019 Minor modifications Feb 6, 2019 The reasoning It seems that it has been quite normal to have periodic blowdown of smaller to larger … Continue reading

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Why is the low base saturation/soil acidification/nutrient depletion/extreme surface water acidity in SW Nova Scotia still ignored in Crown land harvest decisions?

Comment added Feb 6, 2019 With the WestFor mowing machine released to make it’s way through SW Nova Scotia,  our “last great wood basket“,  on Oct 1, 2018, local residents are losing a lot of sleep both from the sound of … Continue reading

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