Category Archives: NSDNR

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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Nova Scotia cabinet shuffle acknowledges controversies over forestry practices

A cabinet shuffle was announced today with significant changes in responsibilities for forestry. View N.S. premier shuffles several cabinet positions, creates new mines department. By Michael MacDonald, THE CANADIAN PRESS Published Thursday, July 5, 2018 in Global News. Some extracts: … Continue reading

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Are cats more destructive to Nova Scotia’s forest birds than clearcutting?

NSDNR says Yes. The science indicates that there are far more direct kills of birds by cats  year to year than from forestry operations but the indirect effects of extensive clearcutting on short rotations in Nova Scotia are much more damaging in the longer term … Continue reading

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Nova Scotia DNR Biodiversity Council Members Appointed

Will the council look at habitat loss associated with clearcutting as a major issue? In their 2017 election platform the McNeil Liberals said they would create a Biodiversity Council: …as part of our vision to ensure a healthy environment for … Continue reading

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Nova Scotia DNR employee apparently clearcut land then sold it to DNR at 2X assessed value

UPDATE June 5, 2018: More discussion from WWNS added at the end of the post —————————- This well documented, disturbing allegation is made in a May 31, 2018 post How much wood does a clear cutter cut, when a clear … Continue reading

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Nova Scotia DNR, Port Hawkesbury Paper, Premier McNeil: please help us with the math/accounting

A lengthy back and forth discussion on Woods and Waters Nova Scotia (WWNS) followed a post on WWNS about an article in the Chronicle Herald – Mill’s deal with province raises concern (Aaron Beswick for Chronicle Herald, May 25, 2018). … Continue reading

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Nova Scotia math: FOIPOP reveals PHP pays $3.1 million in stumpage fees, gets $4.4 million for silviculture

Government, industry won’t to release stats on returns from Crown Land harvests; similarly mum on composition of feedstocks for the PHP biomass boiler Bob Bancroft has often said that in Nova Scotia we get next to nothing from Port Hawkesbury … Continue reading

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Zwicker & Bishop attempt to justify clear cutting to Nova Scotia Legislature Committee

UPDATE May 30, 2018: Op-ed: “The session amounted to an industrial version of the dance of the seven veils deftly performed, not by the biblical Salome, but by the forestry industry proponents and apologists.” read more UPDATE May 26, 2018: … Continue reading

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DNR confirms Loon Lake area cuts included Old Growth

Thanks for your straight talk & persistence, Danny George. UPDATE (May 18, 2018): I located the link to the NSDNR report, courtesy of Tim Bousquet. View ADDENDUM Also: Danny George (forester) and Margaret Miller (Minister of NR) were interviewed on … Continue reading

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A few things we are waiting on

‘just wondering Post modified on 11 May 2018 Besides the Report from the Independent Review of Forest Practices in Nova Scotia which we can expect any day now, there are a few items from NSDNR that we might have expected … Continue reading

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