Category Archives: Private Woodlots

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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A sweet spot in Nova Scotia’s hardwoods

An article in the business section of the CH for Feb 2, 2017 provides some upbeat news about NS forests and forest industry for a change. Chris and Anna Hutchinson “wanted to return to Nova Scotia from Ontario and maple … Continue reading

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“Climate mitigation benefits of preserving family forests are potentially massive”

So says Brian Kittler in an article on Ecosystem Market Place. “Making up nearly half of the forestland in the country, family forests are a crucial part of the carbon sink. Relative to other private forest ownerships, the per-acre carbon … Continue reading

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Editorials and letters about forestry in Nova Scotia, continued..7Jan017

In Saturday’s CH, two gentlemen with firm roots in forestry add their voices to the ongoing discussion of forestry issues in the media. Tom Miller of Green Hill, a woodlot owner and operator for 42 years, responds to an earlier … Continue reading

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LED Christmas lights are good for Christmas trees!

Nova Scotia derives a lot of benefits from its Christmas tree industry, based almost entirely on the fragrant, dark green balsam fir with its distinctive, long flat needles. Lunenburg claims the title of The Balsam Fir Christmas Tree Capital of … Continue reading

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