Category Archives: Letters&Editorials

Nova Scotia Forestry in the Spotlight..30Sep2017

Forestry issues made a splash on the opinion pages this weekend, and more quietly, on the woodlot of Peter and Pat Spicer at Spencer’s Island on the Fundy shore of Cumberland Co. Writes Jim Guy, author and professor emeritus of … Continue reading

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If we run into some good woods, we must be off of Crown land

So writes Zack Metcalfe, citing a not-so-funny joke told to him by a guide taking him through a slice of Halifax County. A Quiet Word on Forestry, published in the September issue of Rural Delivery, begins with “There are no … Continue reading

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NSDNR Minister: Help conservation by being better informed & treading carefully

In a Canadian Press item about the addition of eleven species to Nova Scotia’s list of species at risk, Natural Resources Minister Margaret Miller is cited as saying that Nova Scotians can help with conservation by becoming better informed and … Continue reading

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Editorials and letters about forestry in Nova Scotia continued..Aug 22, 2017: Columnist bemoans broken promises

“In its first term, the Liberal government failed virtually every test of forest conservation.” In VIBERT: Promise may be last chance for N.S. forests, Jim Vibert writes In its first term, the Liberal government failed virtually every test of forest … Continue reading

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‘Still no word on the Independent Review of Nova Scotia forestry

Asked about the Independent Review, DNR Deputy Minister Julie Towers interviewed on CBC Information Morning On June 30, 2017, commented that they were “scoping it out, drafting Terms of Reference and we are bringing forward the options so that we … 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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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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CBC InfoA.M. attempts to sort out issues between smaller private owners and operators and the WestFor consortium – #4 A Forest Ecologist’s view

Donna Crossland, a co-author of Restoring the Health of Nova Scotia’s Forests (2010), says we can’t maintain an Acadian forest on 50 year rotations. CBC Halifax Information Morning has carried several lengthy interviews recently to do with the state of … Continue reading

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CBC InfoA.M. attempts to sort out issues between smaller private owners and operators and the WestFor consortium – #3 The Government view

Deputy Minister Julie Towers defends NSDNR CBC Halifax Information Morning has carried several lengthy interviews recently to do with the state of forestry in Nova Scotia, and in particular controversies surrounding cutting on the Western Crown lands by the WestFor … Continue reading

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Environmentalists see Liberals’ promised Biodiversity Act for Nova Scotia as a venue to moderate clearcutting

Freelance journalist Chris Benjamin has written extensively on environmental issues in Nova Scotia. In The Coast for June 8, he looks at the prospect that the new Liberal government will follow though on “decisive new actions” on environmental policy promised … Continue reading

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