Category Archives: Independent Review

Speculation mounts while we wait for the Report on the Independent Review of Forestry Practices in Nova Scotia

Kingsley Brown thinks the Report will recommend FSC certification, already implemented by many private woodlot owners, as the key to moving ahead, and expresses disdain for “the public’s unwarranted negativity” about forestry in Nova Scotia. But even FSC has a … Continue reading

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Independent Review of Forestry Practices in Nova Scotia issues a “Process Update”

As reported on the website for the Independent Review of Forestry Practices: Process Update: July 9, 2018 Professor Lahey has received feedback on the draft report from legal advisors in international law and is in the process, with his team, … Continue reading

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Premier McNeil cites conflict of interest issue as a reason for change in DNR Minister – will the same reasoning apply to top level DNR bureaucrats?

Along with the recent cabinet shuffle, the Department of Natural Resources was split into two departments: Energy and Mines, and Lands and Forestry, apparently reflecting the government’s desire “to focus more of its attention on the province’s mining and forestry … 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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Report from Independent Review of Forest Practices in Nova Scotia almost there…

Peter Duinker, one of the Expert Advisors to the Independent Review of Forest Practices in Nova Scotia, gave a talk Thursday evening to the Halifax Field Naturalists on Old Forests in HRM, which inevitably invited questions about when the Report will … Continue reading

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Has the Report from the Independent Review been submitted to Nova Scotia Government? No.

I have been getting this question a lot recently, while we wait for the report following the presumably short extension announced April 30, 2018. Some have expressed concern that DNR is getting some advance notice about it so they are … Continue reading

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Letters, Op-eds and news items May 1-5, 2018

On clearcutting, The Mill, biomass and carbon emissions, and politicans tripping over themseleves on environmental issues There has been a steady stream of letters, op-eds, news items related to forests and forestry over the past week. It’s hard to keep … Continue reading

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Dale Prest on “Climate Forests”

The sooner The Climate Forest Company can get going in Nova Scotia the better it will be for our forests, small woodlot owners and our climate UPDATE May 8, 2018: CBC made a post based on its CBC Info Morning … Continue reading

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“Smartphone App Enables Family Forest Owners to Get Paid to Store Carbon” – but not in Nova Scotia (yet)

And some thoughts on the impacts on wood markets if Nova Scotian woodlot owners could benefit from carbon markets Addendum May 3, 2018: Listening to Dale Prest on CBC this morning, I realized I had not done my homework properly. … Continue reading

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Apr 30, 2018: Report from Independent Review of Forestry Practices in Nova Scotia delayed but will be released publicly when ready

From NSDNR Press Release, April 30, 2018: University of King’s College president Bill Lahey has informed Natural Resources Minister Margaret Miller that although he will be completing his report on forest practices in the next few days, he is subjecting … Continue reading

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