Category Archives: Private Woodlots

“It’s not all industrial strength clearcutting and biomass devastation out there”

So reads an introduction by Woods and Waters Nova Scotia (public Facebook group) to a message and photos forwarded from a worker for a woodlot in Upper Rawdon, N.S. “I work for a woodlot owner co-op that manages this lot … Continue reading

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Startup group interested in funding and managing a Community Forestry Hub in Cape Breton

A reader of this blog forwarded the following announcement: Are you interested in the sustainability of our forests and rural communities? A group, interested in helping to address both the health of our forests and the issue of how to … Continue reading

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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

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Nova Scotia Forestry in the Spotlight..30Sep2017

Forestry issues made a splash on the opinion pages this weekend, and more quietly, on the woodlot of Peter and Pat Spicer at Spencer’s Island on the Fundy shore of Cumberland Co. Writes Jim Guy, author and professor emeritus of … Continue reading

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Celebrating National Forest Week in Nova Scotia

Above: A piece of largely undisturbed mixed, multi-aged Acadian forest on a Halifax area drumlin – we still have some to celebrate! Also to celebrate: private woodlot owners who value and nurture these forests while harvesting trees from them. To … Continue reading

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‘Still no word on the Independent Review of Nova Scotia forestry

Asked about the Independent Review, DNR Deputy Minister Julie Towers interviewed on CBC Information Morning On June 30, 2017, commented that they were “scoping it out, drafting Terms of Reference and we are bringing forward the options so that we … Continue reading

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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

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Lessons for Nova Scotia from private land forestry in Finland

(Augmented Aug 8, 2017) Digby County forester Harold Alexander has provided a report on his investigatory trip to Finland last fall, conducted with a view to “learn why that country’s forestry well outpaces the performance of ours, yet remains sustainable … Continue reading

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Nova Scotia Woodland Owner of the Year awards 2017

“The Nova Scotia Woodland Owner of the Year Award (WOYA) recognizes and rewards landowners for outstanding stewardship of their woodlands. It was developed to encourage woodlot owners to practice sustainable woodlot management and to increase public awareness of the importance … Continue reading

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New group of private woodlot owners and contractors in SW Nova Scotia challenge WestFor deal

An article by Brittany Wentzell in LighthouseNow reports on a meeting “held on July 19 in the Forties to address issues woodlot owners, foresters and contractors say they have faced since the consortium of 13 mills formed and began cutting … Continue reading

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