Category Archives: NSDNR

Nova Scotia’s Biorefinery Plan cites full-tree harvesting, other requirements to make it competitive

Nova Scotia’s Biorefinery Plan cites a condensed softwood sawmill industry, full-tree harvesting, a 2+% mandate for biodiesel, slacker Allowable Gross Vehicle Weight regulations to make it competitive, but is vague on role of primary forest biomass and short on carbon … Continue reading

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Nova Scotia Forestry Petition 2.0 calls for fundamental changes in forestry management on Crown lands

Petition targets clearcutting and WestFor license UPDATE March 3: 1509 have signed on to the petition at change.org Apparently there have been significant sign-on challenges at the change.org site, so HG informed me that she has also posted the petition … Continue reading

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Editorials and letters about forestry in Nova Scotia, continued..11 & 21 Feb,2017

Issues with maps, databases and penetrating NSDNR’s “Specialized Skills Firewall” UPDATE Feb 23, 2017: View Op-ed by Bob Bancroft Public forests should not be private resource (CH Feb 21, 2017), in which he responds to Marcus Zwicker’s Op-ed, cited below. … Continue reading

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Subsidizing industrial forestry in Nova Scotia, continued?

Word on the Street has it that the Liberal government is about to announce big forestry changes and that the troops are being asked to prepare for public backlash. I would like to think the changes finally put an end … Continue reading

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Neighbours get no notice about clearcut on Crown land

A CBC report on Information Morning this a.m. records the stress caused to a rural resident when she was asked to move her vehicle so the clearcutters could access neighbouring land. It was only then that she she learned about … Continue reading

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Crown lands recently purchased by Nova Scotians now managed by private interests

A blog post on the Healthy Forest Coalition website Jan 31, 2017 notes that “Behind closed doors, Nova Scotia’s Department of Natural Resources has quietly transferred the management of 1.4 million acres of Crown lands to WestFor, a consortium of … Continue reading

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Nova Scotia’s Biofuel Bonanza

Using our forests to produce liquid fuels could well liquidate the forests themselves A NSDNR Press Release yesterday announced “A new study shows Nova Scotia has strong potential to develop an innovative biorefinery that produces an alternative fuel from renewable … Continue reading

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How much forestry in Nova Scotia maintains mixed, multi-aged Acadian forest?

Not much View ADDENDUM (Jan 24, 2016) According to NSDNR, mixed, multiaged Acadian forests are the natural regimes on 51% of our landbase: Infrequent and/or gap disturbance regimes are dominant on 51% of the landbase and develop forest associations typical … Continue reading

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What’s a clearcut and what’s not a clearcut in Nova Scotia?

The answer depends on who you ask. Beginning in October of 2014, NSDNR has posted on its Harvest Operation Maps “maps on a county-by-county basis, that indicate where harvesting [on Crown land] will take place and what harvesting method will … Continue reading

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Has clearcutting on Crown land in Nova Scotia increased or decreased?

The answer may depend on what and who you ask. With the release of the Five-year Progress Report for the Natural Resources Strategy for Nova Scotia 2011-2020 in August, the government announced that the goal of reducing clearcutting on Crown … Continue reading

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