Category Archives: Conservation

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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NCC protects floodplain, wetlands, mature forest, SAR on lower Musquodoboit, Nova Scotia

From NCC Press Release (July 25, 2017): The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has expanded its conservation area on the Musquodoboit River by 67 hectares (166 acres) to protect important habitat for several species of at-risk turtles and migratory birds. … 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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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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CPAWS report says we lag in land protection nationally and in Nova Scotia but sees signs of change

CPAWS, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, just published its latest annual report on the state of protected areas in Canada and is “is calling Canada out for ranking last among G7 countries in the percentage of land and freshwater … Continue reading

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Editorials and letters about forestry in Nova Scotia continued..July 25, 2017 & thoughts of a Silent Spring

Donna Crossland’s op-ed Slaying songbirds for woodchips in the CH July 22, 2017 (view post about it on this website) elicited two supportive, if sorrowful, letters in the CH July 25, 2017 From BG in Canning: Donna Crossland’s article on … Continue reading

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Questions about easements on private woodlots in Nova Scotia

“How do we ensure that the last bits of mature forest in the province are managed sustainably for a variety of purposes other than the single-minded interests of fiber production?” Even before the thesis by Andrew W. Kekacs (Gifts to … Continue reading

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Topical MES thesis at Dal on woodland owners in Nova Scotia

School for Resource and Environmental Studies MES Thesis Defence GIFTS TO A FUTURE WORLD: CONVERSATIONS WITH WOODLAND OWNERS IN NOVA SCOTIA By Andrew W. Kekacs Abstract: Private, non-industrial woodland owners provide more than half of the timber used by Nova … Continue reading

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Crossland: federal Migratory Birds Convention Act ignored as habitat is cut for chips

In an opinion piece in the CH, Donna Crossland bemoans the destruction of bird habitat by clearcutting noting that May-June are the most critical months for many forest songbirds, though most of us remain unaware of the rather frantic lives … Continue reading

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