Category Archives: Economics

Editorials and letters about forestry in Nova Scotia, AFR for May017

Two letters in the May 2017 issue of Atlantic Forestry Review reflect on N.S. Crown land management issues. Tom Miller of Green Hill, N.S. focusses on the need for better management of Crown land hardwoods, not that softwoods don’t also … Continue reading

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Forestry becoming an election issue in Nova Scotia

The N.S. Liberals made some key environmental commitments on May 8 including Maintaining the moratorium on fracking (the Liberal government introduced a moratorium on fracking in 2014);. Introducing a new Coastal Protection Act; Introducing a new Biodiversity Act and launching … Continue reading

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Are biofuels from Nova Scotia forests good for the environment? Show us the science!

A recent opinion piece in the LocalXpress by Rod Badcock of BioApplied Innovation Pathways extols the potential benefits of a high-tech “bioeconomy” for Nova Scotia. He cites Cellufuel in Brooklyn N.S, as “forging a new innovative path, developing a renewable … Continue reading

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PHP: eyeing diversification as challenges mount

“Bottled water didn’t work. Maybe sea bass will. With the price of its glossy printing paper falling and an ongoing battle against American countervailing duties, the Port Hawkesbury mill continues to try to diversify…” view CH (May 1, 2017)

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Do economic woes lead to conservative forest use in Nova Scotia?

I recently re-visited a remnant woodland on gypsum karst near Avondale, an area slated in 2008 for expansion of the Miller’s Creek (Fundy Gypsum) mine. The expansion was approved by Nova Scotia Environment in February 2010. Then the downturn in … Continue reading

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Softwood lumber tariff of 19.88% to hit Nova Scotia May 1

“After a day of uncertainty, the Nova Scotia government admitted late Tuesday afternoon it has lost a long-standing exemption from U.S. border taxes on softwood lumber exports from the province, at least for now.” J.D. Irving operating mainly in N.B. … Continue reading

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We can “cut less and do more” to foster a healthy forest economy in Nova Scotia

So said Robert Taylor, President of Taylor Lumber Co., in a presentation to the Nova Scotia Legislature Resources Committee today. The theme of the session was sustainable forestry. The other presenter was Jeff Bishop, Executive Director of Forest Nova Scotia. … Continue reading

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Cape Breton Post: NAFTA sides with PHP

& “U.S. Department of Commerce must now reconsider border duties”. View CB post Article (April 17, 2017) Tip of the Hat to Treefrog News for this item.

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Panta Rei blog explores the economics of forestry in Nova Scotia & changes in forests and employment

Soren Bondrup-Nielsen has posted several pieces about forestry on his Panta Rei blog: Analysis of the economics of forestry in Nova Scotia Full title: Analysis of the change in labour force adjusted for volume and area harvested within the forestry … Continue reading

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2015 stats for Nova Scotia on National Forestry Database illustrate continuing pressure on Crown lands

In January, I made use of stats on the National Forestry Database to address three questions: – Has clearcutting on Crown land in Nova Scotia increased or decreased? (Posted Jan 22, 2017) – What’s a clearcut and what’s not a … Continue reading

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