Category Archives: Conservation

Nova Scotia government puts hold on logging of Crown land in watershed hosting endangered Atlantic Whitefish 9May2022

UPDATE May 10 2022: Reprieve for critically endangered Atlantic whitefish as logging plans halted by Paul Withers for CBC News “N.S. government cites concerns road construction needed to access area near Bridgewater could harm lakes” ——— I just received, as … Continue reading

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What the Last Hope forest encampment in Nova Scotia is all about: In depth with Nina Newington on Talking Radical Radio 8May2022

The Nova Scotia government announced recently that a key component in the implementation of Ecological Forestry on Crown lands – the use of the SGEM, a manual that prescribes how forestry is to be conducted on the ‘Ecological Matrix – … Continue reading

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High profile scientific paper highlights effects of forest degradation in Canadian maritimes on bird habitat and population declines 29Apr2022

View: Forest degradation drives widespread avian habitat and population declines by Matthew G. Betts et all, 2022 in Nature Ecology & Evolution. The full text is publicly available. Also view 2022 Bird Study for highlights and Press Reports which include an interview with … Continue reading

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Big Forestry and Big Development versus Precious Natural Places in rural and urban Nova Scotia 15Apr2022

The Good News: Nova Scotians care about these places, regardless of the governing party A deluge of pleas to write letters/join campaigns recently makes it clear that  the pressure to obtain direct economic benefit at the expense of some our most … Continue reading

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Early spring – an opportune time to be on the lookout for Hemlock Wooly Adelgid in Nova Scotia 25Mar2022

We learned of the arrival of this  really horrible pest, the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid (HWA), aka the Hemlock Vampires, in NS (and in all of Atlantic Canada) only in Aug of 2017, which seems like ages ago now. When first … Continue reading

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Bev Wigney on “Moose Patches” 12Mar2022

“MOOSE PATCHES: Second** in my series of sketches about Forest concerns. Did you know that harvesting of forests on Crown lands in what are referred to as “Significant Mainland Moose Concentration Areas” is permitted so long as small “Moose retention … Continue reading

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Second paper from the Nova Scotia Ecological Forestry Natural Disturbance Regime project published, announced 6 months later 4Feb2022

This ‘Priority Project’ appears to be completed, pretty well on schedule, but many issues remain to be addressed at the landscape level. Surely it is time to adopt a  key recommendation of Prof Lahey  in his recent Evaluation of Progress, namely to … Continue reading

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Day 59 at Last Hope Wildlife Corridor encampment in Nova Scotia 31Jan2022

Clear thinking amidst the chaos of  the third intense winter storm in less than a month From a post on Extinction Rebellion Mi’kma’ki / Nova Scotia (public FB page) Jan 29, 2022 (bolding inserted): Day 59 at Last Hope camp … Continue reading

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On logging of Crown land parcel AP068499 Beals Meadow, Nova Scotia: 2. Highgrading at the Landscape Level 27Jan2022

“Logging the Best and Leaving the Rest” is occurring on the Crown lands all over the province including the area of AP068499 Beals Meadow. It is “Highgrading at the Landscape Level” CONTENTS – Background – What is “Highgrading”? – Highgrading … Continue reading

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Species-at-Risk found on AP068499 Beals Meadow, Nova Scotia, logging paused 27Jan2022

From Extinction Rebellion Mi’kma’ki / Nova Scotia (Public Facebook Page) Jan 26, 2022: (bolding inserted) “Day 56 at the Last Hope camp Good news: a temporary halt has been put on the plan to cut the forest we are protecting … Continue reading

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