Category Archives: Economics

Nova Scotia’s Biofuel Bonanza

Using our forests to produce liquid fuels could well liquidate the forests themselves A NSDNR Press Release yesterday announced “A new study shows Nova Scotia has strong potential to develop an innovative biorefinery that produces an alternative fuel from renewable … Continue reading

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Has clearcutting on Crown land in Nova Scotia increased or decreased?

The answer may depend on what and who you ask. With the release of the Five-year Progress Report for the Natural Resources Strategy for Nova Scotia 2011-2020 in August, the government announced that the goal of reducing clearcutting on Crown … Continue reading

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Nova Scotia hopeful our limited crown land remains an asset in trade talks

“[Nova Scotia Trade Minister Michel] Samson, Natural Resources Minister Lloyd Hines, as well as representatives from the provincial lumber industry travelled to the U.S. capitol to meet with David MacNaughton, Canada’s ambassador to the United States, and Zoltan van Heyningen, … Continue reading

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Hard times for wood pellet industry in Nova Scotia

“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…The wood pellet industry as a whole is hurting because a long-anticipated European growth in demand for … Continue reading

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Editorials and letters about forestry in Nova Scotia, continued..7Jan017

In Saturday’s CH, two gentlemen with firm roots in forestry add their voices to the ongoing discussion of forestry issues in the media. Tom Miller of Green Hill, a woodlot owner and operator for 42 years, responds to an earlier … Continue reading

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LED Christmas lights are good for Christmas trees!

Nova Scotia derives a lot of benefits from its Christmas tree industry, based almost entirely on the fragrant, dark green balsam fir with its distinctive, long flat needles. Lunenburg claims the title of The Balsam Fir Christmas Tree Capital of … Continue reading

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Now NS Mining Association blames Parks & Protected Areas for economic woes

The overwhelming abundance of Parks and Protected Areas in Nova Scotia, 12% of our land area, is frequently cited as the reason intensive forestry is required on the rest, at least the rest that can’t be negotiated with private owners … Continue reading

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Low pulp prices hurting the forest economy

Since July 2016, HC Haynes Nova Scotia Wood Prices have had this notice: NOTE: PULP INVENTORIES ARE EXTREMELY HIGH AT BOTH PULP MILLS. IT IS ADVISED TO AVOID HIGH % PULP STANDS AND MAKE LARGE PULP (3.5″ TOP MIN.). FURTHER … Continue reading

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Woodlot owners in SW Nova Scotia say Westfor lease works against them

“It’s been nearly a year since a consortium of Nova Scotian mills and forestry companies formed WestFor Management Inc. but concerns about what the company means for the industry aren’t letting up. “Travis Parsons, one of the largest private woodlot … Continue reading

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“WoodsCamp brings logging into the 21st Century”

UPDATE (Feb 13, 2017): NowNS: Online timber brokerage finds ways to make its mark. CH, Feb 13, 2017. UPDATE (Dec 20, 2016): ACOA backs WoodsCamp’s forestry effort Article in LighthouseNow by Gayle Wilson. Thx to MP for pointing it out. … Continue reading

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