Category Archives: Parks & Protected Areas

Update on the clearcuts close to Gully Lake Wilderness Area: NSDNR changes them to partial cuts

Barely a day after an article by Jonathan Riley about clearcuts close to Gully Lake Wilderness Area appeared in the Truro Daily News (May 23, 2017), the same news organization & journalist report that DNR backs away from Gully Lake … Continue reading

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More cutting near Nova Scotia Protected Areas…now Loon Lake Nature Reserve

Just earlier today I made a post about proposed clearcutting close to Gully lake Wilderness Areawhich was highlighted in an article in the Truro Daily News yesterday. Also today I received notice about the next set of proposed harvests and … Continue reading

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No long term leases of Nova Scotia Crown Land for now but current cutting continues even near Protected Areas

Although the Liberals committed to “Initiating a “through and independent review of our current forestry practices” and that “until that review is complete, there will be no additional long-term timber harvesting leases issued for Crown Land…”, there has been no … Continue reading

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Naturalists question the science of sustainable forestry in Nova Scotia

“The Conservation Committee of the Halifax Field Naturalists has prepared a document commenting on the impacts of forestry in Nova Scotia on conservation of biodiversity and asking questions about the underlying science.” View: – Questions about forestry science forwarded to … Continue reading

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Nova Scotia protects significant older forest stands and an important corridor

With these latest additions, the total area protected is 12.4% of Nova Scotia’s land area. In March of 2017, Nova Scotia Parks and Protected Areas (a section of Nova Scotia Environment) designated two new Wilderness Areas and expansion of another … Continue reading

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Looking after Nova Scotia’s Crown land garden

The Minister’s analogy of sustainable forestry to sustainable production of crops in a garden overlooks the now well established principle that “sustainability” needs to embrace much more than just the annual allowable cut. Something is definitely brewing as NSDNR Minister … Continue reading

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Protecting Nova Scotia’s true boreal forest

True boreal forest in Nova Scotia is special; “borealized” Acadian forest is not. We go to great efforts in Nova Scotia to “borealize” our native mixed Acadian forest by clearcutting on short rotations and use of herbicide to create even-aged, … Continue reading

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Now NS Mining Association blames Parks & Protected Areas for economic woes

The overwhelming abundance of Parks and Protected Areas in Nova Scotia, 12% of our land area, is frequently cited as the reason intensive forestry is required on the rest, at least the rest that can’t be negotiated with private owners … Continue reading

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