Category Archives: Parks & Protected Areas

Game sanctuaries still fair game for industrial forestry and miners

An article in the Chronicle Herald today provides some of the history of our Game Sanctuaries and highlights the fact that except where they overlap with formally protected lands, clearcutting and mining can still take place; hunting and trapping cannot.* … Continue reading

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Loon Lake clearcuts continue, illustrate lack of landscape level planning

The conflict over clearcutting in Nova Scotia could hardly be presented more graphically than in the poster above, which I just received. In May I posted an item about proposed clearcuts near the Loon Lake Nature Reserve in Guysborough Co. … Continue reading

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Saturday Forestry, continued… Feb 3, 2018: how much displacement of our natural world is acceptable?

Saturday’s Chronicle Herald again carries several items on the forestry/resources front. First in clear contrast to PC leadership hopeful John Lohr, Pictou County Conservative MLA Tim Houston “is calling for an increased level of ministerial scrutiny of a proposed wastewater … Continue reading

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Winter splendour in a forested Nova Scotia landscape

There is a wonderful piece of mixed Acadian forest on drumlins by Sandy Lake, close to the neck of the Chebucto Peninsula on the Bedford Basin side. The forested landscape goes right through to the Sackville River floodplain and includes … Continue reading

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Editorials and letters about forests, forestry, & regulations in Nova Scotia continued.. Jan 20, 2017

Joan Baxter was not happy with the Chronicle Herald’s recent “positive coverage of the mill” (view The inner workings of the Northern Pulp kraft mill, CH Jan 13, 2018). Missing, she said, are the “voices of the people with concerns … Continue reading

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Rick Howe talks to Scott Leslie about his birds-eye views

On January 5, 2018, Rick Howe interviewed Naturalist/Photographer Scott about his new book and some of his views, literal and opinion-wise, on forestry in Nova Scotia. An abbreviated transcript of the interview is given below. Rick Howe: There is a … Continue reading

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Nova Scotia forests and forestry are in the news and cameras lenses as the Independent Review moves into Phase 2

About mines, pulp effluent, hemlock vampires, the state of the forest, land protection and the Independent Review deliberations Sometimes my attempt to provide a “record of events, news and opinions on the subject of forests and forestry in Nova Scotia … Continue reading

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Mining Association of Nova Scotia’s continues its aggressive campaign to undermine our protected areas

Are all protected areas ecologically unique? So asks MANS presenting a host of photos of clearcuts in protected areas as evidence that protected areas ar not special and should be opened up for mining. Their photo evidence is quite a … Continue reading

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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

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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

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