Category Archives: Letters&Editorials

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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Thursday June 1: Nova Scotia wildlife advocate to talk on forestry 2 days post election

UPDATE (June 3, 2017) I missed this just pre-election Letters and Editorials item in the CH May 30, 2017: an Op-ed by Dale Smith (“The environment shell game“) in which he expresses skepticism about the environmental commitments made by the … Continue reading

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Sadness in the voices of Nova Scotians commenting on clearcutting

CBC Mainstreet NS aired some of many comments received following Bob Murphy’s interviews with Raymond Plourde and Karen Beazley concerning proposed clearcuts close to the Gully Lake Wilderness Area. I was particularly struck by the profound sense of sadness conveyed … Continue reading

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Editorials and letters about forestry in Nova Scotia, continued..in 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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Editorials and letters about forestry in Nova Scotia, continued..22Apr2017

In a CH op-ed today (Apr 22, Earth Day), Dale Smith questions the elevated status of forestry as the default use for Crown land in Nova Scotia. “The role and importance of Crown land as a publicly-owned asset effectively has … Continue reading

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WestFor makes its case to Queens County

An article by Michael Lee, WestFor manager defends clearcutting practices, in the Apr 5, 2017 print version of LighthouseNow describes a presentation to Council for the Region of Queens Municipality by WestFor Manager Marcus Zwicker. (The article is not available … Continue reading

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Editorials and letters about forestry in Nova Scotia, continued..29Mar2017

WestFor defended View Crown land prudence (CH, Mar 29, 2017). The author, whose name is cited at the end, fails to mention that he is co-owner of one the mills in the WestFor group. Odd: the general manager for WestFor, … Continue reading

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Nova Scotia forests & forestry: birds, mosses and biophilia

As well as in op-eds and letters to the editor, more voices expressing concern about the state of Nova Scotia forests or simply a love of the Acadian forest are appearing in the social media. A few that I have … Continue reading

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Softwood lumber woes

“Still left out in the dark, however, are Nova Scotia’s private wood lots owners” Well before the American election, our softwood lumber trade with the U.S. (worth circa $85M to Nova Scotia, and $4.6 billion to Canada at large) was … Continue reading

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Editorials and letters about forestry in Nova Scotia, continued..8Mar2017

UPDATE Mar 9, 2017: Also in yesterday’s to and fro: a letter from woodlot owner Tom Miller commenting on NSDNR Minister Lloyd Hines’ talk to the Pictou Chamber of Commerce (see post Mar 6: Looking after Nova Scotia’s Crown land … Continue reading

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