Category Archives: Biophilia

Prof Lahey’s concerns about the Nova Scotia government’s delay in responding to the Independent Review are reflected in frustrations expressed about cuts proposed for Hardwood Hill, Annapolis Co.

“The health and well-being of the natural world around us is a very important part of who Nova Scotians are…The more activity that takes place in the forest without clarity on whether or not the shift that we have called … Continue reading

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Thanks for sensitive management of an old forest in Nova Scotia

A few photos from the  Conform Limited/NSWOOA field day (Oct 6) on “Harvesting the Old-Fashioned Way: Smaller Machines and Bigger Trees” say a lot  about Conform’s and the woodlot owner’s efforts to harvest selectively in a mixed, multi-aged “overmature” stand with as … 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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Celebrating spring and a bit of ornithological humour

I never have minded a late spring, as it means we can just enjoy it later into the year. I made this collage after a walk in forest by Sandy Lake (Bedford) a few days ago to celebrate. Click on … Continue reading

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Welcome Back: Northern Parula & a welcome sight: Hepatica

The Northern Parula has become a bit of a poster child for birds displaced by clearcutting in Nova Scotia, highlighted by Healthy Forests advocate Donna Crossland: I…walked over a fresh clearcut where the birch once stood. The lake would be … Continue reading

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Giants of Nova Scotia

Giving some relief to the stream of mostly negative news about forests and forestry in Nova Scotia, Tom Rogers has launched Giants of Nova Scotia to “celebrate the beauty of Nova Scotia’s trees and forest through a 2019 Calendar with all … Continue reading

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Danny George rings the alarm bell (again) on Loon Lake Nova Scotia clearcuts of Old Growth

There is a lot to be explained here, and changed here, as there is just about anywhere that Nova Scotia’s Crown land forests are being harvested. UPDATE Feb 26, 2018: Veteran forester worried we are wasting old growth forest, CBC … 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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Two journeys in Nova Scotia forests

Each generation must make their own journey through a thick terrain. How ever we get lost along the way, let us rejoice in the healing steps that follow. I hope we all continue to gather at the edge of the … Continue reading

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