Category Archives: Parks & Protected Areas

Mining Association of Nova Scotia’s SWAP Initiative – “the threat is real”

So says Chris Miller in an op-ed in the Coast today. …My question is this. Why do we do it? Why do we stick it out here despite the challenges? It’s tough everywhere, but there are certainly more opportunities in … Continue reading

Posted in Conservation, Parks & Protected Areas | Comments Off on Mining Association of Nova Scotia’s SWAP Initiative – “the threat is real”

Mining Association of Nova Scotia goes after Kluscap Wilderness Area, sacred to the Mi’kmaq

Is this really 2017? Canada in 2017? Update Nov 25: Cape Breton First Nations protest mining on Kellys Mountain (CTV News; 3min. video) Update Nov 21: MANS is on a roll…Mining Association wants access to Pugwash Estuary, Chronicle Herald, Nov … Continue reading

Posted in Conservation, Mi'kmaq, Parks & Protected Areas | Comments Off on Mining Association of Nova Scotia goes after Kluscap Wilderness Area, sacred to the Mi’kmaq

MANS proposal to swap mines and protected area in Nova Scotia hardly dead in the water

Recent publicity around the Mining Association of Nova Scotia proposal to open up protected lands to mining via a swap proposal led quickly to a “we are not going to do that” response from government. We might have thought that … Continue reading

Posted in Conservation, Parks & Protected Areas, Uncategorized | Comments Off on MANS proposal to swap mines and protected area in Nova Scotia hardly dead in the water

The legacy of Nova Scotia’s Tobeatic wilderness

Naturalist Alain Belliveau has been concerned about harvesting in the Tobeatic Wildlife Management Area and realized that few people know what the Sanctuary / Wildlife Management Area is all about, so wrote an essay about it. Alain appeals to Nova … Continue reading

Posted in Acadian Forest, Biophilia, Conservation, Parks & Protected Areas, Social Values | Leave a comment

Rare gypsum karst forest in Cape Breton protected by NCC

The Nature Conservancy of Canada announced yesterday that that it has “protected three extraordinary habitats totalling 274 hectares” in Cape Breton. Amongst them is a rare gypsum karst landscape at Cains Mountain, where 162 ha are being protected. NCC’s Craig … Continue reading

Posted in Acadian Forest, Biophilia, Conservation, Old Growth, Parks & Protected Areas, Private Woodlots | Leave a comment

More cutting near protected areas in Nova Scotia, now the Tobeatic

Landscape level planning for biodiversity conservation appears to be lacking in Crown land harvest decisions A CBC story describes how “a proposed clearcut near Nova Scotia’s largest protected wilderness [the Tobeatic Protected Wilderness Area] is worrying environmentalists and nearby residents … Continue reading

Posted in Acadian Forest, clearcuts, Parks & Protected Areas, Show Us the Science | Leave a comment

Moose in the News in Nova Scotia

Leaving aside the Halifax Mooseheads, moose are a pretty regular item in Nova Scotia news. There are two items running currently. One is about the 51st North American Moose Conference which is being held over 5 days (Aug 28 – … Continue reading

Posted in Acadian Forest, Conservation, Mi'kmaq, Parks & Protected Areas | 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

CPAWS report says we lag in land protection nationally and in Nova Scotia but sees signs of change

CPAWS, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, just published its latest annual report on the state of protected areas in Canada and is “is calling Canada out for ranking last among G7 countries in the percentage of land and freshwater … Continue reading

Posted in Conservation, Parks & Protected Areas | Leave a comment

Clearcut Nova Scotia continued..4July2017 & highgrading at the landscape level

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 67 parcels, 52 of which are 1-stage clearcuts, 15 are … Continue reading

Posted in clearcuts, Conservation, NSDNR, Parks & Protected Areas | Leave a comment