Category Archives: Show Us the Science

Nova Scotia L&F announces Ministerial Committee to advise on implementation of Lahey recommendations 18Oct2019

Modified Oct 19, 2019 a.m. The composition of The Committee is good news; Significant changes in the L&F website for the Lahey Report/Ecological Forestry; and Landscape Level Planning for Biodiversity Conservation still under the radar. The Press Release: Moving Nova … Continue reading

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Fires in the Amazonian and Boreal Forests: more reason to increase carbon storage in our Acadian forest by “proforestation” 26Aug2019

It’s so convenient, sometimes,  to point the finger elsewhere. Recently  I read that “Justin Trudeau, Emmanuel Macron agree: Amazon wildfires are an ‘international crisis’ (Global News, Aug 22, 2019) Our house is burning. Literally. The Amazon rain forest – the … Continue reading

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Nova Scotia’s Corbett-Dalhousie Lakes Crown land scheduled to be harvested in nesting season, endangered turtle found in the lakes 5Jun2019

Updates June 9, 2019 – Extinction Rebellion at Corbett/Dalhousie Posted on Annapolis Royal & Area – Environment & Ecology by Sue ES “Approximately 50 people there with Xtinction Rebellion” – CHIMNEY SWIFTS AT CORBETT-DALHOUSIE LAKE FOREST As of this morning, … Continue reading

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iNaturalist keeping an eye on Nova Scotia’s forests 21May2019

Citizen science comes of age in NS forests It didn’t make national or international news, but Halifax did really well in the recent City Nature Challenge (April 26-29, 2019): And… the final results are in: Halifax, we did amazing! 7647 … Continue reading

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Nova Scotia L&F and Energy, take note: U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission petitioned to protect investors against misleading claims about biofuels and the like

One more reason to remove the veil of secrecy over NS government support of plans to develop a Forest Biorefinery for Nova Scotia The Nova Scotia government, at least post-Dexter who touted NS’s first investments in biofuels in 2012, generally … Continue reading

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In the works: EAs for Forestry in Nova Scotia 30Mar2019

Just how the Forestry EA process materializes and works could have a huge impact on the politics of forestry in NS. It’s definitely an item to keep an eye on. It’s encouraging to see the EA (Environmental Assessment) process do … Continue reading

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Time for Nova Scotia Government to come clean on forest bioenergy feedstocks 19Mar2019

The film Burned that is making the rounds in NS and elsewhere is NOT about forest bioenergy facilities for which most of the feedstocks are genuine wood processing wastes. It’s about forest bioenergy facilities for which most of the feedstocks … Continue reading

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“When is a Clearcut still a Clearcut?” in Nova Scotia 26Feb2019

Posted Feb 26, 2019 Modified Feb 27, 2019 It appears that L&F selected parameters for its Variable Retention Harvests to emphasize harvesting over ecological values. The Interim Retention Guidelines document that L&F released as a key component of its initial … Continue reading

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Marcus Zwicker: Managed forests sequester more carbon than unmanaged forests

Some do, some don’t; the statement is unlikely to apply to current management of the forests of Nova Scotia In a post on Marcus Zwicker’s Facebook page, the WestFor General Manager presented the diagram below, with the comment “Managed forests … Continue reading

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Why is the low base saturation/soil acidification/nutrient depletion/extreme surface water acidity in SW Nova Scotia still ignored in Crown land harvest decisions?

Comment added Feb 6, 2019 With the WestFor mowing machine released to make it’s way through SW Nova Scotia,  our “last great wood basket“,  on Oct 1, 2018, local residents are losing a lot of sleep both from the sound of … Continue reading

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