A little of what Nova Scotians see and feel.
Video/film by Cliff Seruntine, Sep 12, 2018. 28 minutes. Water cycles, effects of clearcutting.. wonderful photography.
“Billions of years ago, asteroids of ice rained down upon Earth and melted, and became the lakes and seas, oceans and rivers we now know. Hydrogen and oxygen come together to form this stuff called water; and all life depends on it. It would not be an exaggeration to say that life on Earth was born of the tears of the stars. Every man, woman, child and living creature needs good water, and for countless eons the delicate balance and harmonies of the forest have kept it pure. But now, all that is in danger.”
The Acadian Forest, the story so far
by Mark Brennan, 2011.”This film is a response to the loss, by clear cutting, of a piece of Acadian Forest in my local area by Wagner Forest Management Ltd in the fall of 2010. This ecosystem backed onto a large wetland and was part of a watershed for a nearby river….”
Scott Leslie’s clear-cut photos of Nova Scotia clearcuts
Post on this website Dec 9, 2017; it introduces the HFN page with Scott’s aerial views taken in the early summer of 2017 in Annapolis Co. and Cape Breton.
By Goldboro1, Aug 11, 2017: “While out exploring the woods roads north of Isaac’s Harbour on August 8 I discovered huge piles of hardwood cut and stockpiled along the road. I estimate that there is between 2500 and 3000 cord piled there. I found out that it was cut late summer/ early fall 2016 for biomass destined for the wood fired boiler in Port Hawkesbury. There were maple logs in the piles up to 24” around. This was an old growth stand that is considered by the NS DNR as “Waste Wood”. This is a disgusting waste of our forests in my opinion. This is located at 45°14’27.37″N by 61°38’29.06″W ”
Stop Clearcutting Nova Scotia 1
Published on May 23, 2017 by Ecology Action Centre. Number 2 (posted May 29, 2017) Number 3 (posted June 4, 2017) Number 4 (posted June 24, 2017) Number 5 (posted Aug 15, 2017) Number 6 (posted Sep 26, 2017)
Aerial View of Clear Cut Mature Acadian Forest On Top of Stream
Cliff Serentine, Oct 18, 2016. Cape Breton. Large, remote clearcuts in mature Acadian forest, with disregard for watercourses, removal of habitat.
Pulp Plantations: Ecological Dead Zones
Cliff Seruntine, Aug 7, 2017. The video illustrates the stark contrast of mixed Acadian forest (with one hemlock close to 5 ft diameter), with clearcut forests managed for softwood.
Revelations: Clear Cut Wipes Out Endangered Southern Flying Squirrel Habitat
Cliff Seruntine,July 5, 2017 “While teaching a foraging course, I recently discovered the forestry industry had cut an old forest in the interior of Nova Scotia, a place where an extremely rare group of southern flying squirrels lived (Status: At Risk). Also cut over was a vernal pond. The cut ran right beside a spring, its watercourse and another vernal pond. Either no assessment had been done, or if one were done and the at-risk wildlife present were known, it was ignored.”
The Consequences of Clear Cutting Old Forest
Cliff Serentine, Sep 29, 2016. Cape Breton.
Video of clearcut at Higgins Mountain, Cumberland Co.
MsNaturefirst May 18, 2011
the clear cut biomass message.wmv
kathydidkowsky1. “This video walks you through one peaceful forest in Caribou Gold Mines, Nova Scotia, Canada, that was turned into a wasteland by industry.
Nova Scotia’s forests are being ravaged by clear cutting. Great old giants, which took a century to grow, along with their tiny offspring saplings,are being ground for biomass and burned in just minutes. These trees, left standing, give back much more than we can ever count in dollars. Wildlife, plants and insects are losing their habitat. Waterways are being destroyed. Stand up and speak out for those great old giants that can’t speak for themselves..”
Clear Cutting Nova Scotia
by OutDoorZombie. Sep 16, 2016. Deforestation at Bayers Lake, Halifax
Fiber-farming the Cape Breton Highlands
By RobertDevet in The Nova Scotia Advocate, October 22, 2016 Video by Dave Thomas. A weekend video with a difference. No story line, no sound, no people, just images from a drone flying high above the Cape Breton Highlands.
How Pulpwood Plantations Starve Wildlife: a Side-by-Side Comparison
Video by Cliff Serentine Oct 18, 2016. “Let’s skirt the edge of a hardwood forest beside a pulpwood plantation and take a close look at the difference in what each has to offer wildlife. And as you will see, hardwood forests and their meadows and glades provide rich habitat with diverse food for browsers and pollinators. Pulpwoods, on the other hand, offer wildlife virtually nothing. The difference is clearly visible, a distinct line between the natural hardwoods and pulpwood plantation.”
Photos by Jamie Simpson, 2010.
Protect the Ingram River Wilderness Area
Facebook Page. Photos are from the Facebook Page.
The top photo depicts a portion of a large clearcut that effectively isolated two of the three parcels that make up the Old Annapolis Road Nature Reserve. The cuts went right up to the borders of the Nature Reserve.
The two-parcel, 100 acre +, clearcut was a mere fraction of what had been proposed; over 800 acres of cuts from several different parcels. Luckily, the majority of these proposed cuts were “deferred” when the St. Margaret’s Bay Stewardship Association voiced concerns over the impact on the local community use and ecology. Unfortunately, “deferred” does not mean that these proposed cuts are out of consideration just yet.
Connectivity is key in order to support ecological systems and allowing our Nature Reserves and Wilderness Protected Areas to function as they were intended. The proposed Ingram River Wilderness Area provides just that!
Photo 2: From Pogwa Lake to Piney Stream, the proposed Ingram River Wilderness Area contains some of Nova Scotia’s most pristine and unprotected forests as well as incredible opportunities for outdoor recreation and exploration.
Comment by JR: I grew up in ingramport swimming at the base of the river, hiking and camping the trails along the river and fishing the river further up. This was my place growing up and I still do the same things to this day. This is an amazing piece of wilderness and deserves to be protected. The amount of damage that has been happening around this area over the past few years from clear-cutting to highway/road expansion is saddening but there is nothing that can be done about that now. I’ve lost trails that I used to hike and places I used to sit and think due to the new construction but this initiative to create a Ingram River wilderness area that is protected will hopefully save some of the gems that this area holds. If you haven’t spent any time in the wilderness around Ingramport I encourage you to see how beautiful the wilderness is back there. One positive about the new overpass was that this area is more accessible to people who want to use it. Hopefully it will stay as pristine as it is now with the added traffic.
Group Selection Cut 2
Danny George Apr 8, 2018 “Turning 100 dollar bills into 10 dollar bills with mechanical harvesting on crown land under Port Hawkesbury Papers Licence agreement in NS”