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Canada’s faulty forest carbon accounting laid bare 30Mar2020

Barry Saxifrage, writing in the National Observer, lays out the complicated way Canada reports forest carbon balances, and how that reporting has been changed in recent years to hide some inconvenient truths In a remarkable, lengthy and well researched opinion … Continue reading

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What’s the earliest flowering native plant in Nova Scotia? 29Mar2020

It’s a toss-up between Skunk Cabbage and Dwarf Eastern Mistletoe I thought the answer was skunk cabbage, Symplocarpus foetidus, which I thought is found naturally only in SW Nova Scotia but, according to Nova Scotia Plants, also occurs in Cumberland … Continue reading

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Why we need a Precautionary Biodiversity Landscape Plan for Nova Scotia 16Mar2020

What we have now is a precautionary plan to protect wood supply in NS The major cause for loss of biodiversity worldwide and locally is habitat loss and fragmentation. We are probably only beginning to the see the most extreme … Continue reading

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Protecting supply of “wood” but not necessarily big trees from Nova Scotia’s Crown lands remains the priority at L&F 15Mar2020

As Addie and Fred Campaingne pointed out, the fundamental principle underlying the Lahey recommendations is to redress the balance between commercial uses of forests and protecting ecosystems and biodiversity. “In other words, I have concluded that protecting ecosystems and biodiversity … Continue reading

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Addie & Fred Campaigne: Nova Scotia’s High Production Forestry Phase 1 omits consideration of Species-At-Risk and ecosystems 6Mar2020

Like many others who had placed some hope that L&F would actually implement the spirit of the Lahey Recommendations as well as the details, I have been dispirited by the course of events since the Lahey Report was received to … Continue reading

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Richard Spinks did not invent Nova Scotia’s Plan B to replace the lost market for “low value wood” 1Mar2020

The first versions of Plan B emerged when the Bowater mill closed in 2012. It is still alive and well, mostly  behind closed doors. The Chronicle Herald seems to think that the Grandiose Scheme to replace the lost market for … Continue reading

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Nova Scotia ‘High Production Forestry Discussion paper’ now available, March 13 is deadline for public comment 21Feb 2020 -NOW EXTENDED TO MARCH 31

UPDATE Mar 12, 2020: The deadline has been extended to Mar 31, 2020 according to ML, who was sent an e-mail today (Mar 12) informing “key stakeholders” of the new deadline. ———— L&F issued its latest “Ecological Forestry Update / … Continue reading

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Nova Scotia L&F issues an “Ecological Forestry Update / Lahey Implementation Update” 19Feb2020

Received today: From: ecologicalforestry <ecologicalforestry@novascotia.ca> To: ecologicalforestry Feb. 19 at 10:38 a.m. The Department of Lands and Forestry continues to be committed to implementing ecological forestry using a triad model approach. Ongoing collaboration between department staff and external experts has … Continue reading

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In 2020, strict standards and transparency are required for Nova Scotia’s forest chipping/bioenergy projects to be credible as “good for the environment” 11Feb2020

Small scale wood chip-heating systems for public buildings are currently being fast-tracked by L&F as a partial substitute for The Mill as a market for low value wood, and touted as “carbon-friendly fuel“. A much bolder vision is being promoted … Continue reading

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Nova Scotia Lands & Forestry looking for “Manager – Ecosystems and Habitats” 30Jan2020

It remains difficult to find out who does what at L&F From  jobs.novascotia.ca Date: Jan 27, 2020 Apply By: 2/10/2020 Lands and Forestry Manager – Ecosystems and Habitats, Permanent, KENTVILLE Competition # 23687 …As the Manager of Ecosystems and Habitats, … Continue reading

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