Category Archives: Conservation

An eloquent appeal to save Hardwood Hill in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Co.

A letter from an Annapolis Co. resident appealing to the Premier and others to reject or greatly modify proposed  Crown land tree harvests on Hardwood Hill has been circulating in social media. It is as eloquent a statement of how Nova Scotians … Continue reading

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New Brunswick filmmaker asks ‘Is our forest really ours?”

Nova Scotians are asking the same question as we wait for the government to respond to the Lahey Report and clearcutting continues unabated on Crown lands In Filmmaker exposes corporate capture in forestry in New Brunswick (The New Brunswick Media … 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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Presentation on Old Forests in the Maritimes at MTRI Thurs 5 July 2018

The Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute (MTRI) 2018 Summer Seminar Series has begun. Just gone by (Thurs Jun 28): Freya Clark of the Medway Community Forest Co-op talked on the topic “What is Community Forestry?”. Just announced: Old Forests in the … Continue reading

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While we wait for “The Report”, it’s the same old same old from our two Nova Scotia pulp mills; and some thoughts on what the Independent Review will recommend

While we wait in some kind of suspended animation for the Report from the Independent Review of Forest Practices following the last formal comment on April 30, 2018, the two major drivers of dissatisfaction with forestry practices in Nova Scotia – … Continue reading

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Halifax Green Network Plan released June 21, 2018 puts Landscape Level Planning for Halifax well ahead of the province as a whole

The Final Draft of the The Halifax Green Network Plan, under development for several years,  was released on June 21, 2018. The Halifax Green Network Plan (HGNP) was initiated in 2015 shortly after the adoption of the 2014 Regional Municipality … Continue reading

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Are cats more destructive to Nova Scotia’s forest birds than clearcutting?

NSDNR says Yes. The science indicates that there are far more direct kills of birds by cats  year to year than from forestry operations but the indirect effects of extensive clearcutting on short rotations in Nova Scotia are much more damaging in the longer term … Continue reading

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Nova Scotia DNR Biodiversity Council Members Appointed

Will the council look at habitat loss associated with clearcutting as a major issue? In their 2017 election platform the McNeil Liberals said they would create a Biodiversity Council: …as part of our vision to ensure a healthy environment for … 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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Logging during bird breeding season raises the ire of Nova Scotia birdwatchers

A post and a subsequent series of exchanges on Birding News – Nova Scotia (where the Nature Nova Scotia Listserv is made publicly available) highlight an oft-expressed concern about logging in Nova Scotia: why is logging permitted during peak breeding … Continue reading

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