Category Archives: Parks & Protected Areas

Saturday is Parks Day, Lots to celebrate but Nova Scotia is no longer a leader 16July2020

Saturday is our National and Nova Scotia Parks Day. It’s a day to celebrate and reflect on our Parks and Protected Areas (PPA). CPAWS, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, released its annual Parks Report Healthy Nature Healthy People, yesterday … Continue reading

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Lands protected for conservation now at 12.7% in Nova Scotia 1Oct2019

Update Oct 4, 2019: View – CHRIS MILLER: A closer look at Nova Scotia’s newest protected lands Chris Miller in Chronicle Herald Oct 3, 2019 (Full text available) Update Oct 2, 2019: View – New protected areas announced for Nova … Continue reading

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Intensive tree cull in Halifax’s Point Pleasant Park delayed until after nesting season; Nova Scotia L&F continues to ignore federal regs 12May2019

“We don’t want to disturb those nests — and the regulations stipulate that we can’t” – but there is no such compliance on provincially administered Crown lands It was International Migratory Birds Day on Sat May 11.  Appropriately, although coincidentally,  it … Continue reading

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Good and bad of the latest Nova Scotia Crown land forest harvest announcement

From The Healthy Forest Coalition (Public Facebook group) Sep 19, 2018 ML: Check out the latest updates for the Harvest Map Viewer. Queens County is getting the largest area harvested at just over 740 ha, or 1828 acres. 399 of … Continue reading

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Gold Miners encroaching on The Big Animals’ Lands

UPDATE July 30, 2018: Mining industry seeks land swap mechanism Chronicle Herald, July 30, 2018. Like a stuck record… – View DNR response to the same proposal last fall: DNR says no mining access to Nova Scotia’s wilderness areas (Aaron … Continue reading

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NSE issues clarification on Protected Areas target

Francis Martin, Deputy Minister Nova Scotia Environment sent this message out on July 19, 2018 (I happened to be on the mailing list): Regarding the recent CBC reporting on protected areas and to clarify, there has been no change of … Continue reading

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Halifax Green Network Plan released June 21, 2018 puts Landscape Level Planning for Halifax well ahead of the province as a whole

The Final Draft of the The Halifax Green Network Plan, under development for several years,  was released on June 21, 2018. The Halifax Green Network Plan (HGNP) was initiated in 2015 shortly after the adoption of the 2014 Regional Municipality … 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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Port Hawkesbury Paper responds to concerns about harvesting in the Loon Lake area

I received today PHP’s public response to concerns about harvesting in the Loon Lake area. It is provided below as received (except that the PDF text is converted to WordPress text). We (the public) and PHP (as cited below) are … Continue reading

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Old Acadian forest/salmon watercourse and forested wetland in Halifax-Dartmouth at risk

While loss of old forest habitat associated with extensive clearcutting on short rotations in more rural areas is considered by ecologists to be the #1 threat to forest biodiversity in Nova Scotia, bulldozers in and around the more urban areas … Continue reading

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