Category Archives: Private Woodlots

NSLFFPA blasts NDP support of 50% clearcutting goal

The Nova Scotia Landowners and Forest Fibre products Association (NSLFFPA) has placed an ad in the CH under the banner ATTENTION POLITICIANS (see page A5 of the print ed for May 23, 2017). It begins with “Don’t mess up Nova … Continue reading

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Neal Livingston: We need good public policy to drive the transition to better forestry in Nova Scotia

Specifics are given in an 8-stage plan to transition from clearcutting to a selection cutting forest economy Margaree Environmental Association activist, woodlot owner, power producer and filmmaker Neal Livingston, interviewed about forestry on the Sheldon Macleod show the day after … Continue reading

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Clearcutting comes up in Nova Scotia Leaders’ Debate

It’s a sign of the times, I guess, that questions related to environment were not posed by the CBC hosts during the first 70 minutes of the 90 minute Leaders Debate yesterday evening. They did come up in questions from … Continue reading

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Do economic woes lead to conservative forest use in Nova Scotia?

I recently re-visited a remnant woodland on gypsum karst near Avondale, an area slated in 2008 for expansion of the Miller’s Creek (Fundy Gypsum) mine. The expansion was approved by Nova Scotia Environment in February 2010. Then the downturn in … Continue reading

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We can “cut less and do more” to foster a healthy forest economy in Nova Scotia

So said Robert Taylor, President of Taylor Lumber Co., in a presentation to the Nova Scotia Legislature Resources Committee today. The theme of the session was sustainable forestry. The other presenter was Jeff Bishop, Executive Director of Forest Nova Scotia. … Continue reading

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2015 stats for Nova Scotia on National Forestry Database illustrate continuing pressure on Crown lands

In January, I made use of stats on the National Forestry Database to address three questions: – Has clearcutting on Crown land in Nova Scotia increased or decreased? (Posted Jan 22, 2017) – What’s a clearcut and what’s not a … Continue reading

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WestFor makes its case to Queens County

An article by Michael Lee, WestFor manager defends clearcutting practices, in the Apr 5, 2017 print version of LighthouseNow describes a presentation to Council for the Region of Queens Municipality by WestFor Manager Marcus Zwicker. (The article is not available … Continue reading

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Softwood lumber woes

“Still left out in the dark, however, are Nova Scotia’s private wood lots owners” Well before the American election, our softwood lumber trade with the U.S. (worth circa $85M to Nova Scotia, and $4.6 billion to Canada at large) was … Continue reading

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New Brunswick’s Crown land deal regretted

It seems the current NB government has its hands tied by a previous government making overly generous Crown land wood allocations. “The plan gave forestry companies increased wood allocations that were supposed to spur the creation of hundreds of new … Continue reading

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Small private woodlots are big contributors to forest economy in Finland, could be in NS

Reporter Michael Gorman talked to Harold Alexander about his trip to Finland in the fall to learn how small private woodlots are thriving in Finnland. “We have a forest policy right now that I think, for the most part, doesn’t … Continue reading

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