Category Archives: Acadian Forest

Bancroft on the real costs and dismal returns to Nova Scotians of running the PHP biomass plant 24/7

It had been rumoured that the PHP Biomass plant had returned to 24/7 operation. Now Bob Bancroft confirms that we are back at it, burning 50 to 60 tractor-trailer loads of wood per day to generate electricity at 21% efficiency… … Continue reading

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Saturday Forestry, continued… Feb 3, 2018: how much displacement of our natural world is acceptable?

Saturday’s Chronicle Herald again carries several items on the forestry/resources front. First in clear contrast to PC leadership hopeful John Lohr, Pictou County Conservative MLA Tim Houston “is calling for an increased level of ministerial scrutiny of a proposed wastewater … Continue reading

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Affairs in an old forest

The physical intimacy of yellow birch and hemlock often observed in old Acadian forest is more than a coincidence In a post on this website last summer, Summer Solstice reflections (June 23, 2017), I commented on “the intimate proximity of … Continue reading

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Winter splendour in a forested Nova Scotia landscape

There is a wonderful piece of mixed Acadian forest on drumlins by Sandy Lake, close to the neck of the Chebucto Peninsula on the Bedford Basin side. The forested landscape goes right through to the Sackville River floodplain and includes … Continue reading

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Port Hawkesbury Paper shut down temporarily due to cold weather/high energy costs, low prices, tariffs

The industrial efficiencies that once made us competitive aren’t working so well anymore and have come at a high cost to our forests, wildlife and even-our psychological well-being I think it’s generally agreed that PHP is an efficient operation and … Continue reading

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Natural History of forested lands in Kings Co., Nova Scotia

The Annapolis Valley has produced a lot of very good naturalists, some with many letters after their names, some with none, some professionals in the field, most not. It doesn’t seem to matter. There is a common underlying love and … Continue reading

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Startup group interested in funding and managing a Community Forestry Hub in Cape Breton

A reader of this blog forwarded the following announcement: Are you interested in the sustainability of our forests and rural communities? A group, interested in helping to address both the health of our forests and the issue of how to … Continue reading

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Birds nests versus industrial forestry in Nova Scotia & what the Independent Review can do for us

Two items in the forestry related news for Nova Scotia last week illustrate the quandary we are in when it comes to figuring out ‘what to do about forestry in Nova Scotia’. First was an article about the impacts of … Continue reading

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Hemlock vampires are firmly established in southwest Nova Scotia

The public first learned about the arrival of the hemlock wooly adelgid, appropriately labelled the Hemlock Vampies, in August. At that time we were told: To date, hemlock woolly adelgid has been found in Digby, Yarmouth and Shelburne counties. The … Continue reading

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Editorials and letters about forestry in Nova Scotia continued late 2017: responses to Saunders and a New Year’s wish

My wish for the New Year: the Independent Review surprises me, and comes out with strong recommendations to protect our remaining older forests, allowing only selective cutting (if any); then the Premier and his government surprise us all by accepting … Continue reading

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