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Anxiety about the Independent Review of Forest Practices in Nova Scotia

Anxieties are being expressed, but right now I am more optimistic than I have been. A prediction: one of Prof. Lahey’s messages will be ‘Get Involved, it’s your forest’ As the first deadline for a report from the Independent Review … Continue reading

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Mi’kmawey Forestry seeks locations of Wisqoq (Black Ash) in Nova Scotia

An Ad in the Chronicle Herald, March 24, 2018 highlights efforts the Mi’kmawey Forestry Team is making to re-establish and steward Wisqoq (Black Ash) in Nova Scotia, describes features that distinguish it from White Ash and asks that sightings be … Continue reading

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Nova Scotia forests, forestry and GHGs 1: Letters

Serious, thoughtful questions asked about the science behind our strategies to reduce GHGs are met with all-is-ok/trust-us replies This is the first in a series of posts in which I will try to get a handle on how forest management … Continue reading

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Port Hawkesbury Paper escapes countervailing duties imposed in 2015

View: Settlement agreement reached in Port Hawkesbury Paper’s duty feud Nancy King in Cape Breton Post/Chronicle Herald, Mar 22, 2018. ‘Not sure what happens now, re: U.S. imposes more anti-dumping duties on Canadian newsprint By The Canadian Press in thestar.com, … Continue reading

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Editorials and letters about forestry in the area of Loon Lake, Nova Scotia continued…23 Mar 2018

In the Chronicle Herald today, Nina Newington of Mount Hanley expresses frustration over wood from old growth stands in the Loon lake area being sent to the biomass burner at Port Hawkesbury. Her op-ed begins: Let’s get this straight. Official … Continue reading

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NSP, PHP, NSDNR and FSC appear to be complicit in burning primary biomass from Loon Lake area, increasing GHG emissions, and calling practices “sustainable”

View Old-growth burning reignites biomass debate Aaron Beswick, Chronicle Herald, Mar 17, 2018. With 84% of area cuts being burnt via the Biomass Burner (73%) or Firewood (11%), PHP, NSP, NSDNR and even FSC are doing their part to increase … Continue reading

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Nova Scotia DNR almost admits serious errors; Port Hawkesbury Paper blames DNR for Loon Lake area cuts of Old Growth

UPDATE Mar 17, 2018: Old-growth burning reignites biomass debate Aaron Bewsick, Chronicle Herald, Mar 17, 2018. With 84% being burnt via the Biomass Burner (73%) or Firewood (11%), PHP, NSP, NSDNR ad even FSC are doing their part to increase … Continue reading

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The Nova Scotia Advocate: “Port Hawkesbury Paper aligns with pro-fracking lobby in Guysborough County”

So reads a headline in the Nova Scotia Advocate for Mar 13, 2018 Port Hawkesbury Paper, while facing criticism about its clearcutting practices, is aligning itself with the pro-fracking elements within the Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MoDG) Council. … Continue reading

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Diseased beech increasing, other hardwoods declining in NE North America – could a 2nd exotic beech pest to enter NA via Nova Scotia redirect change again?

There’s lot’s about tree pests and diseases to observe and think about as we approach a new season in Nova Scotia’s forests American beech, although highly affected by the beech bark disease that got its start in Nova Scotia in … Continue reading

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Port Hawkesbury Paper responds to concerns about harvesting in the Loon Lake area

I received today PHP’s public response to concerns about harvesting in the Loon Lake area. It is provided below as received (except that the PDF text is converted to WordPress text). We (the public) and PHP (as cited below) are … Continue reading

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