Category Archives: Letters&Editorials

AFR Editorial calls for more honesty about the condition of our forests

In the November issue of Atlantic Forestry Review, editor David Lindsay muses about – old growth forests (“A jurisdiction that loses its old forests becomes an ecological North Korea”) & – the inconsistency between a private woodlot owner having to … Continue reading

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Feeling the heat: Forest Nova Scotia conducts survey

In an op-ed in the CH, the executive director of Forest Nova Scotia reassures us that “we’re taking good care of our forests…And Nova Scotians understand that.” Taking note of articles and letters in The Chronicle Herald expressing concerns about … Continue reading

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Authors comment on Nova Scotia forestry

Op-eds by two recognized authors of works related to forests and forestry are featured in the CH today: ‘Best management practices’ an insult by Mike Parker; and Spending our forest capital by Gary L Saunders. Parker’s “Show us the Science” … Continue reading

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Former Keji Science Chair defends Crown land management

In a CH Op-ed, a former science manager at Kejimkujik National Park and founding chairman of the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute Cooperative pays compliments to a former Senior Manager at Bowater Mersey Paper who is now a senior bureaucrat in … Continue reading

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Op-Ed asks “Does DNR employ science to direct harvest planning?”

In an Op-ed in the CH, Nov 23, 2016, scientist Helga Guderley concludes “Judging by recent harvest recommendations, DNR believes that all of Nova Scotia has natural disturbance regimes that eliminate all trees…To believe these intensive forestry practices will sustain … Continue reading

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Intensive management needed on the few acres left…

In a letter to the Ed (CH, Nov 21, 2016), Earle Miller of Lower Onslow notes that “Protected areas in Nova Scotia account for 12 per cent of our forest; provincial and federal parks account for three per cent; 13 … Continue reading

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Clearcutting threatens Mattatal Lake

In a Letter to the Editor (CH), Rick Parker of the Mattatall Lake Stewardship Board, writes: “In the watershed around Mattatall Lake, upwards of 60 per cent of the woodland, both private and Crown, has been clear cut, causing streams … Continue reading

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Reassurance that our forest industry is valuable, diverse and sustainable

In an Op-ed titled “A contractor’s perspective on forestry”, Calvin Archibald, president of Next Generation Forest Management Ltd. argues that while forestry in Nova Scotia is high risk (“We have been a supplier to StoraEnso, Julimar, MacTara and New Page, … Continue reading

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Feeling the Heat

NSDNR Minister Lloyd Hines has an Op-ed in the CH today on A scientific approach to logging. “Recently opinions (May the forest be with you, Oct. 29) have generated public discussion about a number of forest practices and have questioned … Continue reading

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More comments following “Show Us the Science”

Mike Parker’s Op-ed of Oct 28th has opened a box. Two contrasting reflections on the Op-ed are expressed in the CH today, by Tom Miller of Green Hill and Earle Miller, Lower Onslow. Tom Miller begins ” What an incredibly … Continue reading

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