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Jamie Simpson on forests and forestry in Nova Scotia and the Forest Funeral

Don Connolly interviewed Jamie Simpson earlier today on CBC Information Morning about forests and forestry in Nova Scotia and the upcoming Forest Funeral. Below is an abbreviated transcript of the interview. Intro: Jamie Simpson is fed up. He is a … Continue reading

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Bob Bancroft on Rick Howe Show today to talk about purpose of the Forest Funeral

The Rick Howe Show – Monday, October 16, 2017: 12 p.m. Conservationist and biologist Bob Bancroft is planning a symbolic funeral for the forest, he will be giving the eulogy at the Thursday ceremony. He’ll tell us more about the … Continue reading

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Rare gypsum karst forest in Cape Breton protected by NCC

The Nature Conservancy of Canada announced yesterday that that it has “protected three extraordinary habitats totalling 274 hectares” in Cape Breton. Amongst them is a rare gypsum karst landscape at Cains Mountain, where 162 ha are being protected. NCC’s Craig … Continue reading

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Premier concerned that Northern Pulp fined only $697.50 for failing tests

Global News reports that Northern Pulp received a $697.50 summary offence ticket from Nova Scotia Environment for failing three tests out of the last 10 on its power boiler. The premier has “asked the department to review its summary fines … Continue reading

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Nova Scotia Healthy Forest Coalition to hold a “Forest Funeral” Thurs Oct 19, 2017

As announced on the Forest Funeral Events Facebook page: You are invited to mourn our forest losses with citizens from across the province. Please come to pay your respects to the once great Acadian Forest. An ‘open casket’ of tiny … Continue reading

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More cutting near protected areas in Nova Scotia, now the Tobeatic

Landscape level planning for biodiversity conservation appears to be lacking in Crown land harvest decisions A CBC story describes how “a proposed clearcut near Nova Scotia’s largest protected wilderness [the Tobeatic Protected Wilderness Area] is worrying environmentalists and nearby residents … Continue reading

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Canadian company patents new technology for monitoring GHGs

I have often wondered when science & technology will come up with much better means of monitoring GHG (Greenhouse Gas Emissions) balances than the laborious, assumption-laden auditing processes we rely on currently. A Toronto based company, dynaCERT Inc. (Carbon Emmision … Continue reading

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A brief history of recent times in Nova Scotia’s Acadian forest

Writing in The Coast (Oct 5, 2017), author Joan Baxter outlines “The long history of Nova Scotia sacrificing its forests to big pulp, and why it has to end” The coast obviously figures it is a topical issue: the print … Continue reading

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Nova Scotia-only Cap & Trade system announced

There appear to be no incentives (or disincentives) for forestry “Nova Scotia’s Environment Minister has announced that the province will go it alone for now in creating its new carbon pricing plan.” View N.S. lays groundwork for cap and trade … Continue reading

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Nova Scotia Forestry in the Spotlight..30Sep2017

Forestry issues made a splash on the opinion pages this weekend, and more quietly, on the woodlot of Peter and Pat Spicer at Spencer’s Island on the Fundy shore of Cumberland Co. Writes Jim Guy, author and professor emeritus of … Continue reading

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