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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. The South Shore … Continue reading

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Keeping current: nsforestnotes.ca changes tack

My attempt to provide posts on the home page “as a record of events, news and opinions on the subject of forests and forestry in Nova Scotia as they unfold, beginning on June 21, 2016″, has proved challenging and I … Continue reading

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Fools still approve gold mining excesses in Nova Scotia

If you think our worries about our forests and forestry are all over in the event that we receive a Report from the Independent Review of Forest Practices in Nova Scotia that results in fundamental change in forestry practices in … Continue reading

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Report from Independent Review of Forest Practices in Nova Scotia almost there…

Peter Duinker, one of the Expert Advisors to the Independent Review of Forest Practices in Nova Scotia, gave a talk Thursday evening to the Halifax Field Naturalists on Old Forests in HRM, which inevitably invited questions about when the Report will … Continue reading

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Are cats more destructive to Nova Scotia’s forest birds than clearcutting?

NSDNR says Yes. The science indicates that there are far more direct kills of birds by cats  year to year than from forestry operations but the indirect effects of extensive clearcutting on short rotations in Nova Scotia are much more damaging in the longer term … Continue reading

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Nova Scotia DNR Biodiversity Council Members Appointed

Will the council look at habitat loss associated with clearcutting as a major issue? In their 2017 election platform the McNeil Liberals said they would create a Biodiversity Council: …as part of our vision to ensure a healthy environment for … Continue reading

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He went for a walk in the woods but the woods were gone

It’s time to pass an Environmental Bill of Rights for Nova Scotia, as already proposed by Denise Peterson-Rafuse in a Private Member’s Bill, Oct 14, 2016 A line in SURETTE: A Silver Donald lining for global green struggle by Ralph … Continue reading

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Nova Scotia DNR employee apparently clearcut land then sold it to DNR at 2X assessed value

UPDATE June 5, 2018: More discussion from WWNS added at the end of the post —————————- This well documented, disturbing allegation is made in a May 31, 2018 post How much wood does a clear cutter cut, when a clear … Continue reading

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Warblers galore, spruce budworm & tweets

Spectacular birding in Quebec, but Nova Scotia also has lots to attract birders as well as birds with or without a budworm outbreak! There is a lot of excitement in the bird world: “At an observatory in Quebec, they were … Continue reading

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Joan Baxter recognized by elders

Joan accepts CARP-NS Stewardship Award on behalf of “all of those people who have fought so long and hard in Nova Scotia to do something good for the environment” Joan Baxter, perhaps best known recently for her book The Mill, … Continue reading

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