Category Archives: NSDNR

‘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

Posted in Biomass, clearcuts, Letters&Editorials, NSDNR, Private Woodlots, Show Us the Science, WestFor | Leave a comment

Wasted Wood on Crown land in eastern Nova Scotia

A video speaks volumes. “While out exploring the woods roads north of Isaac’s Harbour on August 8 I discovered huge piles of hardwood cut and stockpiled along the road. I estimate that there is between 2500 and 3000 cord piled … Continue reading

Posted in Biomass, clearcuts, Conservation, NSDNR | Leave a comment

Show us the science behind clearcuts on Crown land close to the pending Shingle Lake Nature Reserve, Nova Scotia

Clearcutting close to the pending Shingle Lake Nature Reserve illustrates transparency issues & raises questions about landscape level planning for biodiversity conservation in Crown land harvest decisions This is a lengthy post, so I am inserting a Summary & Table … Continue reading

Posted in Acadian Forest, clearcuts, Conservation, NSDNR, Parks & Protected Areas, Private Woodlots, Show Us the Science, WestFor | Leave a comment

Nova Scotia Woodland Owner of the Year awards 2017

“The Nova Scotia Woodland Owner of the Year Award (WOYA) recognizes and rewards landowners for outstanding stewardship of their woodlands. It was developed to encourage woodlot owners to practice sustainable woodlot management and to increase public awareness of the importance … Continue reading

Posted in Acadian Forest, NSDNR, Private Woodlots | Leave a comment

Improvements to the Nova Scotia Harvest Plan Map Viewer announced Aug 2, 2017

Subscribers to the map-update notification for the Harvest Plans Map Viewer receive an e-mail when there are new postings (new proposals for harvests on Crown land) on the Map Viewer and a separate list of the new proposed harvests. In … Continue reading

Posted in clearcuts, NSDNR, Show Us the Science, Tree Harvests | Leave a comment

New group of private woodlot owners and contractors in SW Nova Scotia challenge WestFor deal

An article by Brittany Wentzell in LighthouseNow reports on a meeting “held on July 19 in the Forties to address issues woodlot owners, foresters and contractors say they have faced since the consortium of 13 mills formed and began cutting … Continue reading

Posted in clearcuts, Economics, NSDNR, Private Woodlots, WestFor | Leave a comment

Nova Scotia Harvest Plan Map Viewer update lists now include “Prescription Type”

In an unannounced but welcome improvement, the update lists that provide summary stats on the latest NSDNR harvest plan announcements now include a category titled “Prescription Type”. These lists are received by e-mail after you sign up for notifications. No … Continue reading

Posted in Acadian Forest, clearcuts, Conservation, NSDNR, Selection Harvest, Show Us the Science | Leave a comment

Low wood volumes harvested from Crown land explained

In an earlier post I had remarked on the apparently low wood volumes harvested from Crown land compared to private land in Nova Scotia, and that I had submitted a request to NSDNR for an explanation. I received this explanation … Continue reading

Posted in clearcuts, Economics, NSDNR, Pulp & Paper, Tree Harvests | Leave a comment

Clearcut Nova Scotia continued..17July2017 & how much wood can be harvested from one hectare

How much wood? Plenty, but not on 50-year rotations! With promises of “the right balance” at some time in the future, clearcutting on Crown land continues unabated including cuts close to Protected Areas. The latest announcement cites plans for 48 … Continue reading

Posted in Biophilia, clearcuts, Conservation, Economics, Lumber, NSDNR, Old Growth, Show Us the Science, WestFor | Leave a comment

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

Posted in clearcuts, Climate Change, Conservation, Economics, Ecosystem Services, Letters&Editorials, NSDNR, Private Woodlots, Show Us the Science, WestFor | Leave a comment