Author Archives: admin

NSE issues clarification on Protected Areas target

Francis Martin, Deputy Minister Nova Scotia Environment sent this message out on July 19, 2018 (I happened to be on the mailing list): Regarding the recent CBC reporting on protected areas and to clarify, there has been no change of … Continue reading

Posted in Parks & Protected Areas | Comments Off on NSE issues clarification on Protected Areas target

Speculation mounts while we wait for the Report on the Independent Review of Forestry Practices in Nova Scotia

Kingsley Brown thinks the Report will recommend FSC certification, already implemented by many private woodlot owners, as the key to moving ahead, and expresses disdain for “the public’s unwarranted negativity” about forestry in Nova Scotia. But even FSC has a … Continue reading

Posted in Forest Certification, Independent Review, Letters&Editorials, Private Woodlots | Comments Off on Speculation mounts while we wait for the Report on the Independent Review of Forestry Practices in Nova Scotia

Independent Review of Forestry Practices in Nova Scotia issues a “Process Update”

As reported on the website for the Independent Review of Forestry Practices: Process Update: July 9, 2018 Professor Lahey has received feedback on the draft report from legal advisors in international law and is in the process, with his team, … Continue reading

Posted in Independent Review | Comments Off on Independent Review of Forestry Practices in Nova Scotia issues a “Process Update”

Premier McNeil cites conflict of interest issue as a reason for change in DNR Minister – will the same reasoning apply to top level DNR bureaucrats?

Along with the recent cabinet shuffle, the Department of Natural Resources was split into two departments: Energy and Mines, and Lands and Forestry, apparently reflecting the government’s desire “to focus more of its attention on the province’s mining and forestry … Continue reading

Posted in Independent Review, NSDNR | Comments Off on Premier McNeil cites conflict of interest issue as a reason for change in DNR Minister – will the same reasoning apply to top level DNR bureaucrats?

Nova Scotia cabinet shuffle acknowledges controversies over forestry practices

A cabinet shuffle was announced today with significant changes in responsibilities for forestry. View N.S. premier shuffles several cabinet positions, creates new mines department. By Michael MacDonald, THE CANADIAN PRESS Published Thursday, July 5, 2018 in Global News. Some extracts: … Continue reading

Posted in clearcuts, NSDNR | Comments Off on Nova Scotia cabinet shuffle acknowledges controversies over forestry practices

Fri July 6, 2018: Major event to protest The Pipe

” On Friday July 6, Pictou harbour will fill with fishing and pleasure boats and the Pictou waterfront with citizens gathered for the first major Nova Scotia #NOPIPE Land & Sea Rally in support of a healthy Northumberland Strait. “We … Continue reading

Posted in Pulp & Paper | Comments Off on Fri July 6, 2018: Major event to protest The Pipe

Presentation on Old Forests in the Maritimes at MTRI Thurs 5 July 2018

The Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute (MTRI) 2018 Summer Seminar Series has begun. Just gone by (Thurs Jun 28): Freya Clark of the Medway Community Forest Co-op talked on the topic “What is Community Forestry?”. Just announced: Old Forests in the … Continue reading

Posted in Acadian Forest, Conservation, Old Growth | Comments Off on Presentation on Old Forests in the Maritimes at MTRI Thurs 5 July 2018

While we wait for “The Report”, it’s the same old same old from our two Nova Scotia pulp mills; and some thoughts on what the Independent Review will recommend

While we wait in some kind of suspended animation for the Report from the Independent Review of Forest Practices following the last formal comment on April 30, 2018, the two major drivers of dissatisfaction with forestry practices in Nova Scotia – … Continue reading

Posted in clearcuts, Conservation, Economics, Independent Review, Pulp & Paper, Show Us the Science, softwood lumber | Comments Off on While we wait for “The Report”, it’s the same old same old from our two Nova Scotia pulp mills; and some thoughts on what the Independent Review will recommend

Halifax Green Network Plan released June 21, 2018 puts Landscape Level Planning for Halifax well ahead of the province as a whole

The Final Draft of the The Halifax Green Network Plan, under development for several years,  was released on June 21, 2018. The Halifax Green Network Plan (HGNP) was initiated in 2015 shortly after the adoption of the 2014 Regional Municipality … Continue reading

Posted in Conservation, Ecosystem Services, Natural History, Parks & Protected Areas | Comments Off on Halifax Green Network Plan released June 21, 2018 puts Landscape Level Planning for Halifax well ahead of the province as a whole

Could forest fragmentation be a factor in the high incidence of blacklegged tick/lyme in Nova Scotia?

The evidence is sufficient that I breathe more easily when traversing larger patches of older forest, and I am more on guard for blacklegged ticks/lyme when I am in smaller patches or in and out of clearcuts. UPDATE July 10, … Continue reading

Posted in Acadian Forest, Pests | Comments Off on Could forest fragmentation be a factor in the high incidence of blacklegged tick/lyme in Nova Scotia?