Category Archives: Parks & Protected Areas

Nova Scotia State of the Forest 2016 Report released

Back on April 14, 2017 I commented that it was “Time for the overdue State of the Forest Report with the complete numbers! The last State of the Forest Report was in 2008; the next one was scheduled for Feb. … Continue reading

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Clearcut Nova Scotia, continued..12June 2017

Recently announced cuts include 343 ha of clearcuts next to two Protected Areas in Cape Breton The latest announcement of Crown land harvests (Harvest Plan Map Viewer June 12, 2017): 2,320 hectares (188 parcels, 73% clearcuts, 27% partial cuts; comments … Continue reading

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Gully Lake error & correction clarified, but not completely fixed?

Three blocks close to the Gully Lake Wilderness Area were initially identified as proposed clearcuts when they were posted on the Harvest Map Viwer on May 12, 2017. This caught the attention of Chris Miller, a national conservation biologist with … Continue reading

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Protected Areas in Nova Scotia help to mitigate climate change, clearcuts do not.

A modelling study shows that Protected Areas increase carbon storage, clearcuts reduce carbon storage A paper by Robert Cameron of NSE and Peter Bush of NSDNR, published last year, suggests 112 million tonnes of carbon is sequestered (stored) in existing … Continue reading

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Sadness in the voices of Nova Scotians commenting on clearcutting

CBC Mainstreet NS aired some of many comments received following Bob Murphy’s interviews with Raymond Plourde and Karen Beazley concerning proposed clearcuts close to the Gully Lake Wilderness Area. I was particularly struck by the profound sense of sadness conveyed … Continue reading

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CBC Mainstreet on clearcutting near Gully Lake Wilderness Area

On CBC Mainstreet yesterday afternoon, CBC host Bob Murphy interviewed Raymond Plourde (Wilderness Coordinator for the Ecology Action Centre) and Karen Beazley (Professor in the School of Resource and Environmental Studies at Dalhousie University) about the effects of clearcutting close … Continue reading

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

Barely a day after Jonathan Riley wrote about clearcuts close to Gully Lake Wilderness Area in the Truro Daily News (May 23, 2017), the same news organization & journalist report that DNR backs away from Gully Lake clear cuts. DNR … 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 Area which was highlighted in an article in the Truro Daily News yesterday. Also today I received notice about the next set of proposed harvests … 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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