Category Archives: clearcuts

‘Still no word on the Independent Review of Nova Scotia forestry

Asked about the Independent Review, DNR Deputy Minister Julie Towers interviewed on CBC Information Morning On June 30, 2017, commented that they were “scoping it out, drafting Terms of Reference and we are bringing forward the options so that we … Continue reading

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‘Looks like the Musquodoboit, Nova Scotia, pellet plant will reopen

The last we heard was that “it’s déjà vu all over again in Middle Musquodoboit as former wood pellet plant operator Scotia Atlantic Biomass Company’s assets go up for grabs” (CH, Jan 10, 2017), that after it ceased production in … Continue reading

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Wasted Wood on Crown land in eastern Nova Scotia

A video speaks volumes. “While out exploring the woods roads north of Isaac’s Harbour on August 8 I discovered huge piles of hardwood cut and stockpiled along the road. I estimate that there is between 2500 and 3000 cord piled … Continue reading

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Show us the science behind clearcuts on Crown land close to the pending Shingle Lake Nature Reserve, Nova Scotia

Clearcutting close to the pending Shingle Lake Nature Reserve illustrates transparency issues & raises questions about landscape level planning for biodiversity conservation in Crown land harvest decisions This is a lengthy post, so I am inserting a Summary & Table … Continue reading

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Improvements to the Nova Scotia Harvest Plan Map Viewer announced Aug 2, 2017

Subscribers to the map-update notification for the Harvest Plans Map Viewer receive an e-mail when there are new postings (new proposals for harvests on Crown land) on the Map Viewer and a separate list of the new proposed harvests. In … Continue reading

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Biomass plant brings in the bucks for the reborn Hefler Forest Products, another biomass plant envisaged

The 150 year old Hefler Forest Products in Sackville, Nova Scotia, accumulated over $30 million in debt and went under creditor protection in 2016, but the 3.1 megawatt biomass power plant it operated remained profitable. Prospective buyers wanted to separate … Continue reading

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Cellufuel wants access to Nova Scotia’s “Inactive Forests”

Cellufuel, the Nova Scotia business heavily backed by government funding that wants to produce synthetic fuels from forestry sources in Nova Scotia, has had to “shutter its plant and layoff staff” according to a news report by Devin Stevins in … Continue reading

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Glyphosate Nova Scotia continued, 2017

It’s glyphosate season again in Nova Scotia’s industrial softwood forests. From NSE, Aug 1, 2017: The Department of Environment has issued four new approvals for pesticide spraying covering about 1,654 hectares.

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New group of private woodlot owners and contractors in SW Nova Scotia challenge WestFor deal

An article by Brittany Wentzell in LighthouseNow reports on a meeting “held on July 19 in the Forties to address issues woodlot owners, foresters and contractors say they have faced since the consortium of 13 mills formed and began cutting … Continue reading

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Nova Scotia Harvest Plan Map Viewer update lists now include “Prescription Type”

In an unannounced but welcome improvement, the update lists that provide summary stats on the latest NSDNR harvest plan announcements now include a category titled “Prescription Type”. These lists are received by e-mail after you sign up for notifications. No … Continue reading

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