Forest fires rage in Nova Scotia, Premier bans forest activities, but not those of forestry 1Jun2023

Evening sun, Halifax area on May 28, 2023. Forest fires are raging in the province – See NASA

I just read a letter by Annapolis Valley naturalist Bev Wigney sent yesterday to  Premier Houston and NRR Minister Tory Rushton in which she appeals to them to to “shut down forestry operations completely, with *no loopholes*”.

I  had read yesterday the headline and first few lines in the news about the ban:

‘For God’s sake, stop burning’: N.S. premier bans all activity in forests, urges residents to abide by burn ban (CTV Atlantic news May 31, 2023)… Premier Tim Houston has banned all activity in forests as of Tuesday, and says the wildfire damage is “extensive” and “heartbreaking.”

I  felt encouraged the premier had acted so forcefully in this instance so I wondered if Bev Wigney had made a mistake – the headlines had announced that all activity in forests is banned.

She didn’t.


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