Category Archives: Show Us the Science

Keeping current: nsforestnotes.ca changes tack

My attempt to provide posts on the home page “as a record of events, news and opinions on the subject of forests and forestry in Nova Scotia as they unfold, beginning on June 21, 2016″, has proved challenging and I … Continue reading

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Are cats more destructive to Nova Scotia’s forest birds than clearcutting?

NSDNR says Yes. The science indicates that there are far more direct kills of birds by cats  year to year than from forestry operations but the indirect effects of extensive clearcutting on short rotations in Nova Scotia are much more damaging in the longer term … Continue reading

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Nova Scotia DNR Biodiversity Council Members Appointed

Will the council look at habitat loss associated with clearcutting as a major issue? In their 2017 election platform the McNeil Liberals said they would create a Biodiversity Council: …as part of our vision to ensure a healthy environment for … Continue reading

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Zwicker & Bishop attempt to justify clear cutting to Nova Scotia Legislature Committee

UPDATE May 30, 2018: Op-ed: “The session amounted to an industrial version of the dance of the seven veils deftly performed, not by the biblical Salome, but by the forestry industry proponents and apologists.” read more UPDATE May 26, 2018: … Continue reading

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DNR confirms Loon Lake area cuts included Old Growth

Thanks for your straight talk & persistence, Danny George. UPDATE (May 18, 2018): I located the link to the NSDNR report, courtesy of Tim Bousquet. View ADDENDUM Also: Danny George (forester) and Margaret Miller (Minister of NR) were interviewed on … Continue reading

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NS Legislature’s Resource Committee Thurs 24 May 2018: Current State and Future of the Forestry Industry in Nova Scotia

WestFor will be a witness and the Report of the Independent Review of Forestry Practices should be in, so it could be the first open-to-the-public discussion of the recommendations related to the Western Crown Lands The Nova Scotia Legislature’s Standing … Continue reading

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Northern Pulp makes its too-big-to-fail case and I wonder about “Sponsored Content” in the Chronicle Herald

I guess “Sponsored Content” is not “fake news”, but it can detract from otherwise good journalism in mainstream newspapers & news magazines, especially in the online versions UPDATE Apr 26, 2018. The Chronicle Herald responds to questions —————- Northern Pulp … Continue reading

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Lessons from New Hampshire: clearcutting on acidified soil reduces sugar maple regeneration, favours beech

And in Nova Scotia, after the feller bunchers have gone, and with them, the sugar maple and the birds nests and the salamander habitat, silence reigns supreme, especially the silence from NSDNR on the subject of forest soil nutrient deficits … Continue reading

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New Ecological Land Classification doc released by Nova Scotia DNR

Fortunately, one doesn’t really have to understand all of the nuances of hierarchical landscape classification or of the debates about natural disturbance regimes to appreciate most of this work as a guide to the landscapes of Nova Scotia. An article … Continue reading

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Nova Scotia forests, forestry and GHGs 1: Letters

Serious, thoughtful questions asked about the science behind our strategies to reduce GHGs are met with all-is-ok/trust-us replies This is the first in a series of posts in which I will try to get a handle on how forest management … Continue reading

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