In the News

This page lists news items related to forests and forestry in NS beginning Jan 1, 2021.

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News Items
(most recent at the top)

Oct 19, 2021:
Meet the hemlock heroes saving centuries-old trees from an invasive insect (audio)
CBC InfoAM “A group of volunteers has been working in the Tobeatic wilderness area, trying to save a rare strand of old growth hemlock trees from woolly adelgid infestation. Information Morning’s Phlis McGregor joined a four-hour canoe and portage trip into the site.”

Oct 18, 2021:
Forestry trust fund doles out $12.4M to 2 projects
Michael Gorman · CBC News

Oct 14, 2021:
Why the Owls Head issue may be headed back to court again (audio)
CBC Info AM “Hear why one group is asking a judge to create a new law to save Owls Head from possibly being sold for a golf development, now that it has been removed from a list of potential protected areas in the province.” Lawyer Jamie Simpson and Wildlife Biologist Bob Bancroft are interviewed

Oct 8, 2021:
In ‘Historic’ Vote, UN Human Rights Council Recognizes Right to Clean Environment
Jake Johnson on “”Today’s historic decision is the culmination of over 40 years of efforts to recognize the right to a safe, clean, healthy, and sustainable environment,” said Sébastien Duyck, senior attorney at the Center for International Environmental Law.”

Oct 7, 2021:
Researcher on glyphosate spraying and the fascinating world underneath the forest floor (audio)
CBC Info AM. “We speak with the author of “Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest.” Hear why Suzanne Simard questions the use of the herbicide glyphosate.”

Oct 8, 2021:
Owls Head arguments going to Nova Scotia Court of Appeal
On Saltwire “Wildlife biologist Bob Bancroft and the Eastern Shore Forest Watch Association, a local environmental group, hope to break new environmental law ground in an appeal of the decision by Nova Scotia Supreme Court justice Christa Brothers in the Owls Head saga. “We are appealing Justice Brothers’ decision that the province was not required to let people know that they were secretly delisting Owls Head from the parks and protected areas plan and that they were secretly negotiating its sale to a private developer,” lawyer Jamie Simpson, who is representing Bancroft and the association, said Friday. “We are going to keep it very narrowly focused on the province’s duty to let the public know when making important decisions about public land that has public value.” Simpson said he and his clients recognize that a successful appeal would require a shift in common law.”

Oct 6, 2021:
A possible lawsuit, new effluent plan
In the Chronicle Herald Image on WWNS Saltwire Oct 4 “Northern Pulp’s court appointed monitor predicts a “lengthy” and “costly” lawsuit if the province doesn’t soon begin negotiating its alleged liability over the Boat Harbour effluent treatment plant’s closure.”
Nova Scotia bets on immigration with $2.5-million marketing campaign
On “Plagued by labour shortages, Nova Scotia is launching a $2.5-million marketing campaign to both attract immigrants to its shores and entice workers living elsewhere in Canada to move there.”

Oct 4, 2021:
Meet a man who is spending his days up a tree to prevent glyphosate spraying (audio)
CBC Info AM “Jacob Fillmore has been spending his waking hours perched on the branch of a maple tree near Upper Stewiacke, in hopes his presence there will deter the spraying of the herbicide glyphosate — not only on the tree he’s in, but also in the surrounding clear cut.”

Oct 1, 2021:
DeVet, the founder of the Nova Scotia Advocate, died at age 66 on Monday
CBC News “”A kind of journalism that is unabashedly committed to and engaged on the side of people who have been relegated over to the side and marginalized in their experience,” said Burrill, adding that DeVet never asked him softball questions even though both men came from the progressive left…Describing him as a “‘renegade”‘ and a “rebel,” Waldron said DeVet was always determined to do his own thing in the way he wanted and “wouldn’t take nonsense from anyone.” “What I really loved about him is that he was like a journalist advocate,” she said. “He was using his journalism to advocate for communities and I really appreciated him for that. “For sticking with the topic, for sticking with communities, for going beyond.” Waldron said what set DeVet apart from other journalists was his willingness to do a story about a community and track that story over time. Something, she said, most journalists don’t have time to do.
“Over about 7 years, I  saw Robert at pretty well every public event I attended. I ‘got to know this man so completely devoted to community just a little – he didn’t have much time for idle chat. Robert was not an in-your-face journalist, he was just unobtrusively present. The NS Advocate was never recognized as mainstream media so I am glad that the CBC article has so appropriately described the man and his contributions; I think he would chuckle a bit to read it. I am honoured to have been interviewed or featured by Robert DeVet more than than once: 2014, 2021, 2021

Sep 29, 2021:
New traditions for a new national day
ETHAN LYCAN-LANG in Morning File (Halifax Examiner) “Tomorrow is the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. It will be observed across the country, and in three provinces, including this one, it will be a statutory holiday. So what is this new national day supposed to entail?”

Sep 26, 2021:
Don’t spray us: Protesters opposed to glyphosate occupy private land in Colchester County
Chelsey Gould for Saltwire “Since Sept. 13, seven or more people opposed to the spraying have been camped out in two locations in Otter Brook and Halfway Brook. One camper, Jacob Fillmore, has moved up into a tree in the clear-cut scheduled for spraying. The spraying is approved to happen at any time until Sept. 30.”

Sep 24, 2021:
Internal email shows bureaucrats worried Owls Head talking points were misleading
Michael Gorman · CBC News “Information commission investigator criticizes N.S. government’s attempts to keep email contents secret”

New research shows glyphosate could be harmful to freshwater ecosystems
CBC News. “Concentrations of glyphosate as low as 0.1 milligrams per litre could kill zooplankton, studies show”


Parks and Protected Areas Consultation JULY 13 to SEPTEMBER 27 2021
Province of Nova Scotia “The government of Nova Scotia is seeking public input on several sites proposed for protection as announced on June 9, 2021. This includes seven sites announced on April 22, 2021 along with conservation lands in the Ingram River area.”

Consultation: Proposed Ingram River Conservation Lands JULY 13 to SEPTEMBER 27 2021
Province of Nova Scotia Details, maps etc provided in this document. Also view & Proposal to protect a wilderness area inland from St Margaret’s Bay (Audio) CBC Info AM, July 19, 2021)

Ingram River Wilderness Area in the news
Sep 23, 2021:
Response to concerns raised by Westfor over proposed 4,000 hectare wilderness area (audio)
CBC Information Morning “Mike Lancaster, from the St. Margaret’s Bay Stewardship Association, responds to concerns raised by Westfor’s general manager over the Ingram River Conservation Lands. Plus, hear some of your emails.”Sep 22, 2021:
Forest company’s concerns about a proposed wilderness area near St. Margaret’s Bay (audio)
“In a company newsletter, the general manager for Westfor recently expressed concerns about not being able to harvest wood in a proposed wilderness area, the Ingram River Conservation Lands. Here is our interview with Breck Stewart.”Background
WestFor stokes fears over proposed protection of the Ingram River Conservation Area 10Sep2021
Post on NSFN Sep 10, 2021

Sep 23, 2021:
The “Right to Know” in Nova Scotia often goes right to “no”
Joan Baxter in the Halifax Examiner. “It’s almost “Right to Know Week” in Nova Scotia, but that doesn’t mean that access to information in the province is something to celebrate, as a recent freedom of information request illustrates.”

Sep 17, 2021:
Dad and Daughter keep ancient arts alive (video)
CTV on Todd and Melissa Labrador at Lunenburg School of the Arts, making birch bark canoe

Sep 14, 2021:
BY RICK DOUCETT on “This feels like a critical moment for New Brunswick’s forestry sector…Premier Blaine Higgs has taken a personal interest in our efforts to restore fairness in forestry and to private woodlot owners in this province…I must say, the personal involvement of the premier is a very good sign that we are being listened to and that at least some of our concerns finally may be addressed…Of course, it’s too early to say whether our voice, which represents more than 42,000 private woodlot owners, will be heard above the bleatings of industry and its constant warnings of economic catastrophe if it doesn’t get everything it wants from both the government and the province’s forests.”

Press release: Don’t Spray Us camps pop up on glyphosate spray sites
In the Nova Scotia Advocate “In August, Nova Scotia Environment approved applications to spray 1,172 ha (2,895 acres) of private forested land in Colchester, Cumberland, Guysborough, Halifax and Hants Counties. Aerial spraying is scheduled to continue until September 30th. In 2020, the sprays planned for Annapolis, Hants and Kings counties were cancelled following the establishment of Don’t Spray Us camps on sites in those counties. The Don’t Spray Us campers are asking for a halt to spraying on all approved sites this year. They are calling on Nova Scotians to tell Tim Halman, the new Minister of Environment and Climate Change: End the aerial spraying of forests in Nova Scotia once and for all.”

Sep 10, 2021:
N.S. premier to give opposition members more tools to hold government to account
Michael Gorman · CBC News

Sep 8, 2021:
Wastewater from Northern Pulp’s hibernating paper mill is being discharged into the Bay of Fundy
Joan Baxter in the Halifax Examiner. Subscription required. Intro on Morning File

Sep 3, 2021:

Natural resources minister says he needs details of Owls Head deal signed by Liberals
Francis Campbell for Subscription may be required. “The newly minted minister of the newly named provincial natural resources and renewables department says there is nothing new about the Progressive Conservatives’ stance on Owls Head. “We need to understand what was signed in the contract by the previous government,” Tory Rushton told reporters this week. “We don’t agree with how things rolled out with the previous government. In all fairness, we need a full briefing on that, myself and other department ministers and the premier. That’s something that we started from Day 1…”

New Generation Owners Named Woodland Owners of the Year
News release from Natural Resources and Renewables “The winners of the 2021 provincial Woodland Owner of the Year Award are Jonathan and Abbey Veinotte of West Northfield, Lunenburg Co. The Veinottes are the youngest winners in the program’s history and will host a community event on Saturday, Sept. 18…”

Aug 31, 2021:
Nova Scotia’s new premier, cabinet sworn in at a ceremony in Halifax
Shaina Luck, Michael Gorman · CBC News

Aug 29, 2021:
Updated: Photos suggest that there is a tailings leak at Atlantic Gold’s Moose River gold mine
Joan Baxter in the Halifax Examiner

Aug 27, 2021:
The breezy benefits of walking across Canada in a kilt
Kenneth Armstrong On “Michael Yellowlees and his retired sled dog Luna are raising money and awareness for reforestation efforts in his native Scotland”

Aug 24, 2021:
DALE SMITH: Restructure Nova Scotia government to safeguard Crown land as valued public asset
Dale Smith on Saltwire/Chronicle Herald (subscription could be required to access it) “…In commenting on the PC victory, columnist Jim Vibert characterized incoming Premier Houston as a guy who likes to make things happen and opined that the provincial bureaucracy will have to keep up. The premier-designate himself has emphasized the importance of responding to problems with real solutions. Well, “Houston, we have a problem.” The Lands and Forestry Department persistently favours forestry industry exploitation of Crown lands over public interest and environmental benefit, and deliberate departmental repurposing and restructuring is required to deliver a real and consequential solution.”

Aug 20, 2021
Political Columnist weighs in on the surprising results of the provincial election
CBC Information Morning

Aug 19, 2021
Burning forests to make energy: EU and world wrestle with biomass science
by Justin Catanoso for

  • A major political and environmental dispute is coming to a boil in the run-up to COP26 in Scotland this November, as the EU and the forestry industry push forest biomass (turning trees into wood pellets and burning them to make electricity), claiming the science shows biomass is sustainable and produces zero emissions.
  • Forest advocates and many scientists sit squarely on the other side of the argument, providing evidence that biomass burning is destructive to forests and biodiversity, is dirtier than coal, and destabilizing for the climate. Moreover, they say, the carbon neutrality claim is an accounting error that will greatly increase carbon emissions.
  • These views collided in July when the European Commission called for only minor revisions to its legally binding Renewable Energy Directive (REDII) in regard to biomass policy as part of the EU Green Deal. Critics say the plan, if approved by the EU Parliament in 2022, will fail to protect global forests from the wood pellet industry.
  • Here, Mongabay offers a review of the science on both sides of the biomass debate, summarizing key studies and reports, and providing links to primary sources for enhanced insight into these complex issues. The EU decision to include wood pellets as part of its clean energy mix could help shape global biomass policy at COP26.

Union calls on new NS premier to support Northern Pulp reopening
By Kristina Urquhart for

Aug 17, 2021:
Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
Tom Miller in the Chronicle Herald. View image on Facebook
Unifor calls on new Nova Scotia government to better workers’ lives
Unifor News Release on “Unifor Atlantic Regional DirectorThe union seeks support for key industries, especially forestry, to retain much-needed good paying jobs… “Houston repeatedly distanced himself from the federal conservatives during his campaign and I look forward to working with him, Paper Excellence Canada, the local community, and local Indigenous groups on the responsible re-opening of a clean and sustainable Northern Pulp kraft mill in his riding,” said [Unifor Atlantic Regional Director] MacNeil.”
Progressive Conservatives surge to surprise majority win in Nova Scotia election
Michael Gorman · CBC News

Aug 16, 2021:
Humans ‘pushing Earth close to tipping point’, say most in G20
Jonathan Watts in The Guardian “Overall, more than half (59%) of respondents believed nature was already too damaged to continue meeting human needs in the long term.”

Aug 15, 2021:
Trevor Hancock: If we lose the carbon sinks, we are sunk
By Trevor Hancock, retired professor, U of Victoria in The Times Colonist

Aug 12, 2021:
Climate scientist John Fyfe explains why new IPCC report shows ‘there’s no going back’
By Fatima Syed Aug. 12, 2021 i the Narwhal “The best-case scenario: “If we stay below or near below 1.5 C, we’re still going to encounter about a half a metre sea level rise relative to 1900. On what’s keeping him up at night: “Somewhere around the middle of the century, there’ll be no ice left in the Arctic in the summertime, and that’s irrespective of what we do in the future.,,On what it means for Canada: “heat waves, drought, heavy rainfall, all of those things are expected to become more severe and frequent. We expect mountain glaciers to recede even more. We expect our sea ices to decline even more. On what’s keeping him up at night: “Somewhere around the middle of the century, there’ll be no ice left in the Arctic in the summertime, and that’s irrespective of what we do in the future.” On what we should all take away: “I want people to understand just how widespread, rapid, intensifying and unprecedented the changes are that we’re seeing. There’s no going back on some of the changes in the climate system. Even if we stopped emitting carbon dioxide or greenhouse gases, these changes will continue for hundreds to thousands of years.,But, as Fyfe and other scientists have made clear, all hope is not lost. There is still time to limit the damage. As we approach what looks to be the start of a federal election campaign, The Narwhal will be keeping a close eye on just exactly what our leaders have done, and plan to do, to protect us and our planet.””

Members of N.S. forest industry form lobby group to reopen Northern Pulp mill
Paul Withers · CBC News “Group says public needs to hear proposal to open shuttered mill with ‘an open mind'”

Military propaganda exercise that caused panic about wolves on the loose “lacked oversight” – investigation finds
David Pugliese • Ottawa Citizen “The September 2020 exercise, which was supposed to test the use of loudspeakers during propaganda training, descended into a comedy of errors.”

Aug 9, 2021:
Old-growth protesters, Island Indigenous supporters mark year of blockades
By Kiernan Green for The North Island Gazette “Indigenous leaders and protesters of old-growth logging in the Fairy Creek watershed marked one year since the establishment of blockades with a rousing demonstration attended by roughly 300 people at the B.C. Legislature on Monday afternoon. Following an earlier delivery to the legislature of a petition calling for a halt to old-growth logging, participants gathered at the Law Courts building at 2 p.m. and marched in a procession along downtown streets, arriving in a celebratory mood at the legislature’s front lawn.”
UN sounds alarm on ‘irreversible’ climate impacts, but offers hope
Thomson Reuters on CBC, “‘This report must sound a death knell for coal and fossil fuels’: UN Secretary General António Guterres”
The U.N. climate report’s five futures – decoded
By Andrea Januta for Reuters
AR6 Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Aug 8, 2021:
NDP, Greens promise to scrap Owls Head sale
Haley Ryan · CBC News
Aug 7, 2021:
Hundreds rally for Owls Head
Yvette D’entemont in the Halifax Examiner.= Save Owl’s Head Rally Aug 7, 2021 in Kjipuktik (Halifax, NS)
YouTube Video- Proposed sale of Owls Head to U.S. developer becomes major N.S. election issue
By Jesse Thomas Global NewsAug 6, 2021:
Court examines procedural fairness, ‘public interest doctrine’ in fight over parkland’s pending sale
By Terry Davidson for The Lawyer’s Daily. “A group of public interest litigants is considering appealing a Nova Scotia court’s decision not to intervene in a case where the province secretly arranged to sell what had long been…” Subscription required.

Aug 6, 2021:
Indigenous cultural burning can boost biodiversity, help fight forest fires: Canadian study
By Kate Bueckert CBC News “There’s frustration ‘elders and our knowledge keepers weren’t listened to,’ scientist says”

Aug 5, 2021:
Halifax signs agreement with Ottawa toward national park at Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lakes
Zane Woodford in the Halifax Examiner “HRM, Parks Canada to appoint a staffer to oversee the potential park and lead discussions to “explore mutual alignment on park objectives.”

Aug 4, 2021:
Liberals roll out environmental platform
Jennifer Henderson in the Halifax Examiner. Summarizes promises of PC, NDP, Liberals, and asks “Does Rankin walk the walk?”, citing Owl’s head; responses to question of whether ” he would change the renewable electricity regulations to halt the cutting of trees and burning of wood to generate electricity,Rankin passed the buck. “There will always be people who want us to go further and I respect that,” said Rankin. “We have an achievable plan. I have set clear ambitions for more renewable energy, from mostly wind and solar. The NDP and past governments have made decisions around biomass that are challenging to remove without having an adverse impact on a critical industry like forestry.” And there you have it. Forestry trumps climate change.”

Aug 2, 2021:

Sweden on the verge of war among forestry and activists
On “More than two-thirds of Sweden is covered by trees, and that’s turning the country into a battleground between loggers and climate activists. The spark is the EU’s new Forest Strategy. It aims to boost biodiversity, limit burning trees for energy, protect remaining old growth forests from logging and plant 3 billion trees as part of the bloc’s effort to slash emissions on the path to its Green Deal goal of becoming climate neutral by 2050. Despite assurances from the European Commission that it isn’t trying to dictate forest policy to member countries, the strategy has set off a furious row in Sweden. On one side are environmentalists and Swedish Green Party lawmakers who say the industry must move away from intensive harvesting of forests and let trees stand to maximize the positive impact they can have on CO2 levels, flood risk and soil quality…But the farmer-friendly Swedish Centre Party and a swathe of Swedish forestry companies say the industry has the balance right, and the EU should butt out. The likes of SCA Group, Europe’s largest private forest owner, want to continue logging to supply vast quantities of building materials, fuels, and paper products.”
What climate change could mean to the future of Mi’kmaw artisanship
Alex Guye · CBC News “Black ash used in basket making is already threatened, while harvesters say birch bark becoming brittle”

Nova Scotia’s Chester Grant lumber mill badly damaged in fire
By Haley Ryan CBC News

July 30, 2021
N.S. Supreme Court dismisses application for judicial review of Owls Head delisting
Michael Gorman · CBC News “Judge says the ballot box, not the courts, is the place to address the matter…Brothers noted her decision does not mean the land will automatically be sold. Before the Gilberts can proceed with their plans, they must first satisfy provincial government requirements for public engagement and First Nations consultation, along with other government-required environmental assessments. Assuming that work is completed, at that point it would fall to the provincial cabinet to decide whether to proceed with the sale. The land would also need to be rezoned by the Halifax Regional Municipality, something the developers’ own land-appraisal documents said would be a challenge. That document identifies the “highest and best use” of the land to be for recreational or conservation purposes.”
The professor who assigns value to nature — then persuades world leaders to save it
Story by Tik Root in the Washington Post “Gretchen Daily is a pioneer in the field known as “natural capital.” Using science and software, she shows stakeholders why it benefits everyone to prioritize conservation.”

July 29, 2021:
Enviro groups press N.S. politicians on climate ahead of provincial election
Natasha Bulowski in the National Observer
N.S. politicians critiqued for vague response to threat of rising seas
Canadian Press in Halifax Today “The major parties have only brief comments on climate adaptation in their platforms and no specific costing”…That’s not surprising to David Kogon, the mayor of Amherst, the community that sits beside the potential ground zero of a Canadian climate change disaster. “Climate change should be a political hot topic, but I think people today in 2021 are probably more concerned about their personal health care as a problem than rising sea levels,” he said in an interview Monday, two days after western wildfires brought haze and a reddish sun to the province.”

July 28, 2021:
MAGGY BURNS: No more climate BS; demand sweeping change in Nova Scotia election
Maggy Burns on “As we face down the intersecting crises of climate change, rising inequity & biodiversity loss, we don’t have time for leaders who are stuck in outdated ways of thinking about our environment & our economy…” She cites the EAC Page 2021 Nova Scotia Provincial Election with access to EAC’s Party Platform Analysis and details of an All Party Environmental Debate on Wednesday, August 4 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m

Live  on CBC TV and CBC Radio One, and streamed on CBC Gem, CBC Listen,, Facebook and YouTube. UPDATE: View archived video of the debate

Less than meets the eye to Liberal climate change goals
Philip Cross commentary in Telegraph Journal (N.B.) July 28, 2021. View Image on WWNS
Also available online as Philip Cross: The Liberals’ slippery climate goals (Financial Post, July 23, 2021) “Liberals pulled imaginary emissions levels out of the air and then made exaggerated claims about a new policy when in fact nothing changed” (NSFN: Croo’s comments pertain to the federal Liberals, to whom the NS officials defer when I have asked related questions)

Owls Head resident shares concerns about a developer snapping up properties in the area (audio file)
CBC Information Morning – NS with Portia Clark

Federal order on Avon River may scuttle upcoming Ski Martock season
Owner says current river levels too low for their snowmaking machines to use…In March, federal Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan issued an order that gates on the Avon River were to be kept open for longer periods to allow for the passage of fish..While fishermen and Indigenous groups have applauded the move, others have complained, including the Town of Windsor, which lost its artificial lake and has experienced dust bowl conditions. Upstream, farmers have complained about the lack of water for irrigation and animals.”

July 27, 2021:
There is Life After Demolition: Mass Timber, Circularity and Designing for Deconstruction
By Eduardo Souza in ArchDaily “The so-called Design for Deconstruction (known by the acronym DfD, or Design for Disassembly) considers how all decisions made in the design phase can increase the chances of reusing the building parts at the end of their useful life.”

July 26, 2021:
Judicial Review Application Decision: Robert Bancroft and Eastern Shore Forest Watch Association, Applicants v.Respondents Nova Scotia Minister of Lands and Forestry-and-Attorney General of Nova Scotia -and- Lighthouse Links Development Company
From Jamie Simpson, who represented the applicants in the legal case:
On Save Owls Head “From Jamie Simpson, who represented the applicants in the legal case: “Unfortunately, we did not receive the decision for which we had hoped. Justice Brothers, although sympathetic to the concerns of Eastern Shore Forest Watch and Bob Bancroft, ultimately held that the delisting of Owls Head and negotiation for its sale to private interests is a matter to be determined at the ballot box. I respectfully disagree. The ballot box is a blunt tool, and injustices such as Owls Head are never properly resolved by a once-ever-four-years trip to the voting booth. In my view, the court is, or rather should be, the proper venue to seek justice for the unfair actions of government with respect to Owls Head.””
Paper Excellence’s very big deal
By Joan Baxter in The Halifax Examiner “Northern Pulp’s parent company is set to acquire the North American pulp and paper giant Domtar. While the acquisition is getting very little media attention in Canada, around the world many people are worried about it — for many good reasons. …At 10am on Thursday, July 29, shareholders of Domtar will vote on whether to accept the sale of all the corporation’s issued and outstanding shares of common stock to Paper Excellence… worth about US$3 billion. Paper Excellence is part of the gargantuan and opaque corporate empire of the multi-billionaire Widjaja family of Indonesia…”
‘Pollution permits’: Nova Scotia environmental groups decry use of herbicides along power lines
Jessica Smith in Saltwire

July 25, 2021:
Liberal, NDP, Tory leaders all oppose government funding for Northern Pulp
Michael Gorman · CBC News

July 23, 2021:
Northern Pulp Avoiding the People they Hurt the Most
Northumberland Strait Sportfishing Association
Logging plays by its own rules in Canada’s climate target
Jennifer Skene Opinion in The National Observer “The Canadian government’s new emissions targets, which were formally submitted to the United Nations this week, reinforced the country’s forest-sized blind spots in its climate policy. Despite growing calls internationally for safeguarding climate-critical forests and reining in forestry sector emissions, Canada has opted for a different rulebook for the logging industry. Not only does this rulebook grant a free pass to one of Canada’s most significant sources of emissions, but, in treating forest emissions as a form of climate change “extra credit” rather than its own imperative, Canada is opening a floodgate of fossil fuel loopholes. …Despite the forest’s climate importance and Canada’s commitment to natural climate solutions, Canada in recent years has had the world’s third-highest intact forest landscape loss, behind only Russia and Brazil, and among the highest tree loss per capita.”

Contents for July 2021 issue of Atlantic Forestry Review Available as Print ed. only, by subscription, or at these retail locations

July 21, 2021:
On paper, Nova Scotia has lofty climate goals. But will the province take action?
Taryn Grant · CBC News
Green coalition challenges certification claims that Canada’s forestry products are sustainable
By Rochelle Baker, National Observer “Canada’s weak environmental laws give logging companies control over the forests, and allow the industry the discretion to shape a certification process that allows it to flog destructive logging products in domestic and international markets as sustainable, said Devon Page, executive director of Ecojustice. “Of course, it makes no sense that industry sets the certification standard,” Page said.”
Lumber rises anew as Canada wildfires snarl output, shipments
Marcy Nicholson, Bloomberg News

July 19, 2021:
Ecological Forestry Practices in Nova Scotia (YouTube)
Nicholas MacInnis. On a farm woodlot that was pasture 70 years previously. ‘Best way to implement Ecological Forestry is to end subsidies’. ‘left all of the alders to fix nitrogen’…
Proposal to protect a wilderness area inland from St Margaret’s Bay (Audio)
CBC Info AM “The Province is proposing to protect eight natural areas, including the Ingram River Conservation Lands. Hear why Mike Landcaster, of St. Margaret’s Bay Stewardship Association, spent years urging for the protection of that area.”

Jul 17, 2021:
Finding the Mother Tree: ecologist Suzanne Simard offers solutions to B.C.’s forest woes
By Matt Simmons in The Narwhal “…we need [NDP Premier] Horgan to stand behind them, to make these changes. Either we do partial cutting but we spread it over a bigger landscape or we do more concentrated clearcutting, which people don’t like and isn’t good for the forest. We need to make those two things happen at the same time: reduce the cut and save the old-growth forest and reforest what we do cut right away, but leave these old trees.”
Nova Scotia Premier Iain Rankin calls summer election with vote set for Aug. 17
Canadian Press in Halifax Today
NS Forestry Sector hopes for revival
Adam Macinners, for Saltwire. Image on WWNS“a lot of the wood that would have gone to the mill is simply being left in the woods”

Jul 16, 2021:
What Should a Dean of Forestry Say about Old-Growth Logging?
The Tyee “The department dean at UBC gave his views, and drew an Oregon professor’s pointed response. We publish both here.”
Paper Excellence holds a media show and piles on the PR
Joan Baxter in the Halifax Examiner “Northern Pulp’s owner is working on a $350 million “complete transformation” for the mill in Pictou County, but doesn’t say whether any of that money will be public, or why Nova Scotians should trust them.”
‘Complete transformation’ of idled N.S. mill panned by critics
Canadian Press in Halifax Today
Enough with the burning’: EU executive accused of sacrificing forests
The Guardian

Jul 15, 2021:
Forestry workers welcome Northern Pulp’s $350 million transformation
Unifor On “Forestry workers who have been out of work welcome Paper Excellence’s announcement to spend $350 million to transform the Northern Pulp kraft pulp mill in Pictou that has been in hibernation since 2020.”
8 wilderness areas up for protection now open for public consultation
Alex Guye · CBC News “Consultation on proposed N.S. protected areas goes until Sept. 27…Originally, only seven sites were going to be open for consultation, but the Ingram River conservation lands, a 5000-hectare area near St. Margarets Bay, was added in early June. Although it is an important addition, Miller said it isn’t enough. The total protected area should be 15,000 hectares, he said, and his group wants the current proposed conservation area expanded to include old-growth forests.”

Nova Scotia denies wildlife sanctuary’s proposal to rehab orphaned black bear cubs
Cassidy Chisholm · CBC News “Hope for Wildlife submitted the proposal last year but it was denied Wednesday”

Jul 14, 2021:
News brief: Province continues to ignore AG recommendations on endangered species
By Brooklyn Connolly in NS Advocate. “I’m disappointed that we’ve strayed into persistent nagging territory,” Karen McKendry, Ecology Action Centre’s wilderness outreach coordinator, said in an interview. “The province has known for a long time that the public is on to the fact that they have not been following their own legislation and policy.”

July 13, 2021:
Parks and Protected Areas Consultation JULY 13 to SEPTEMBER 27 2021
Province of Nova Scotia “The government of Nova Scotia is seeking public input on several sites proposed for protection as announced on June 9, 2021. This includes seven sites announced on April 22, 2021 along with conservation lands in the Ingram River area.”
Consultation: Proposed Ingram River Conservation Lands JULY 13 to SEPTEMBER 27 2021
Province of Nova Scotia Details, maps etc provided in this document
Lumber prices have soared, but New Brunswick’s tree sellers aren’t reaping the rewards
By Greg Mercer in The Globe and Mail (subscription required) “…The unprecedented size of the chip pile outside a sawmill in Sussex has become a talking point for people who live around it, and tangible proof of just how busy Canadian sawmills have been as they cash in on record prices for lumber in North America during the pandemic. But for private woodlot owners in New Brunswick, it’s also an aggravating sight. At a time when lumber companies across the country are shattering profit records, the people who grow and sell trees for a living in New Brunswick say they’re not seeing a penny more.”

July 12, 2021:
Speaking for the Old Growth
Andrew Nikiforuk in “Famed tree botanist Diana Beresford-Kroeger has a tough message for BC Premier John Horgan”

July 9, 2021:
Ecologists compare accuracy of lidar technologies for monitoring forest vegetation
By Northern Arizona University on newswise “The researchers … found mobile lidar scanning consistently provided accurate structural metrics and can produce accurate estimates of canopy cover and landscape metrics. …“These types of scanners cost a fraction of that of other platforms and are easily deployed”
Province still eyeing future highway through Halifax wilderness area, despite objections
Pam Berman · CBC News “Municipal councillors concerned about impact of proposed bypass on Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lakes”
How marginalized communities in the South are paying the price for ‘green energy’ in Europe
By Majlie de Puy Kamp for CNN “… relying on biomass for energy has a punishing impact not only on the environment, but also on marginalized communities — perpetuating decades of environmental racism in predominantly Black communities like Northampton County… the [EU] directive led to troubling consequences across the Atlantic. By failing to restrict biomass to the byproduct from manufacturing paper, furniture or lumber, Europe created a strong incentive to cut down whole trees and turn them into wood pellets.”
Retired biologist concerned about province’s ecological forestry (Audio)
Info AM interview “Making it easier for trucks to get into the woods in Nova Scotia doesn’t sound like ecological forestry to David Patriquin. The retired biologist says Nova Scotia will have to reduce the volume of wood coming from its forests if we are going to succeed with ecological forestry in this province.”

July 8, 2021:
Nova Scotia failing species at risk
Info AM interviews. “Four years after pointing out deficiencies, Nova Scotia’s Auditor General finds the province is still failing to meet its obligations to protect species at risk. That’s no surprise to a team that successfully took the province to court last year.”

July 6, 2021:
Comments on lack of action on Forestry issues
Mike Lancaster of the Healthy Forest Coalition on Global News. It starts at 4.46

July 5, 2021:
Nova Scotia holds its third cap-and-trade auction
Jacob A. Sadikman et al., on
Accelerating building reuse would help Canada meet its climate targets
By Chris Wiebe on “ost buildings are bulldozed well before they are unsound because of systemic barriers to reuse that are technical, physical and cultural.”
Taylor Olson breaks Bone Cage out for mainstream audiences
Steve Gow on Halifax Today. “The accomplished Halifax-based filmmaker and actor will finally see his multiple award-winning debut feature film released on digital/VOD starting on July 6…Based on a 2007 Governor General’s Literary Award-winning play by Catherine Banks, Bone Cage follows Jamie (played by Olson), a forestry worker who is deeply conflicted about his dead-end job processing and clear-cutting trees and essentially destroying the very environment that his rural community and economy thrives on to survive.”
UPEI offers field course in forestry, promoting native ecological system
Cindy Nguyen on
Future forests – if the European commission decides
Per Johsson for “A draft of the EU commission’s upcoming forest strategy about future forests has leaked. The Swedish daily tabloid “Dagens Nyheter”, DN, made the forest community in Sweden aware of this. It´s a draft for a strategy for forests within the EU, but with a hope that it should spread globally…the EU commission think that the forest industry must adapt to the forest, not as today when the forest is adapted to the industry…Building with wood is highly recommended…Bioenergy directly from the forest is not recommendable according to the draft. It´s ok only if byproducts from the sawmilling industry is used, such as sawdust…the EU commission think that clear-cuts let out too much carbon dioxide…It´s suggested that clear-cuts should be forbidden…a total stop of forestry activities during the breeding season for birds is suggested. Also, heavy forest machinery, that could cause soil compaction, should be avoided in the future forests…the EU commission works towards that the forest owners should be paid for the carbon storage”
Bat population in Nova Scotia showing signs of recovery
Katie Hartai · CBC News
New online form preventing comments about crown land logging (audio)
CBC Info AM “Now you can only send your comments about crown land logging to the department of lands and forestry through an online form… but some people say their rural internet is too slow for that, so their voices are being silenced.”
A plague of ticks, tick-borne diseases, and poli-ticks
Joan Baxter in the Halifax Examiner. Subscription required “Part 1: Tick populations in Nova Scotia are exploding largely because of climate change and the province is Canada’s “hot spot” for Lyme disease. So, how is the province monitoring and managing tick-borne diseases and health risks?”

Nova Scotia gets mixed reviews on forestry funding
Aaron Beswick for Saltwire (subscription required) ”
“Government can throw as much money as they want into all this stuff, it’s great, but if government soon doesn’t wake up and get us a market for low-quality wood, everybody is going to be in trouble,” said Millet, who along with two employees runs a processor, forwarder and log truck.”

From the Halifax Examiner, July 2, 2021: “It’s raining money in Nova Scotia” map, chronicling the $84,354,000 in new expenditures announced by the Rankin government since June 8.”

Province Continues to Invest In Ecological Forestry, Skilled Forestry Workers
News release from Nova Scotia Premier’s Office/Lands and Forestry. “The province is investing $5.4 million to help keep skilled Nova Scotians working in the woods while supporting the shift to ecological forestry.” CBC report: Nova Scotia to spend $5.4M to encourage sustainable forestry practices

July 2, 2021:
The Goldboro LNG plant scheme has collapsed
Tim Bousquet in Morning File (Halifax Examiner)

June 30, 2021:
Mayor to write letter asking Nova Scotia to halt plans for highway through Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lakes
Zane Woodward in the Halifax Examiner. Subscription Required
 Canada lobbies against California proposal to protect boreal forests, respect Indigenous Rights
By Matt Simmons, Local Journalism Initiative ReporterThe Narwhal for the Toronto Star. “Graham Saul, executive director of Nature Canada, told The Narwhal in an interview he was embarrassed and puzzled by the [Federal Government’s] response. “I find it unfortunate that the federal government is spending its time fighting legislation that is designed to protect forests and honour and respect Indigenous Rights,” he said in an interview. “The boreal forest is a global and national treasure from the perspective of addressing the twin crises of species collapse and climate change and it’s at the heart of our ability to make meaningful progress on reconciliation and Indigenous-led conservation. It’s hard to imagine two issues that are more important right now.”

June 28, 2021:
N.S. establishes Forestry Sector Council, appoints new board
Pulp and Paper Canada The New Board of Directors include Marcus Zwicker, “currently the chief operating officer for Freeman Lumber, after spending nearly six years as the general manager of WestFor Management… The most important ingredient to success for Nova Scotia’s forestry sector is its people. The FSC is committed to building a workforce that is like our forests – sustainable, diverse, and growing,” says Heather Boyd, executive director of the Forestry Sector Council, in a statement.”
The connection between clearcut logging and Canada’s hottest day on record
By Emma Gilchrist in The Narwhal
Canada Releases National Issues Report on Climate Change Adaptation
Natural Resources Canada on Link to Report
Disc golf puts the ‘Fore!’ in sustainable forestry in the Wentworth Valley
Aaron Beswick on Saltwire (subscription may be required)
Forest innovation centre will aim to train workers for industry’s future
Michael Gorman · CBC News. “Nova Scotia Community College is launching a forest innovation centre as the provincial government continues its efforts to help shift the sector to a more ecological way of doing business. The community college is getting $6.1 million over four years from the provincial forestry innovation transition trust. The aim is to help the sector shift to ecological forestry practices and provide a variety of research and training opportunities…The centre, scheduled to open to students in September 2022, will be based at the college’s Truro campus.”
Nova Scotia Nature Trust purchases beach to save coastal area, protect at-risk birds
Cassidy Chisholm · CBC News “The 147 hectares of intact coastal beach, sand dunes and wetlands was purchased for $780K”

June 24, 2021:
N.B. glyphosate hearings bring out difference in opinion on forestry, agricultural uses
By Silas Brown Global News “Estimates given earlier in the week suggested 90 per cent of global glyphosate use was in agriculture. But in New Brunswick, agriculture accounts for just 11 per cent of glyphosate usage.”
The Climate Disaster Hidden in BC’s Forests
Michelle Gamage in “The province doesn’t count forest emissions in its global warming plan. That’s a big, dangerous mistake, say advocates.”
Restart plan for Northern Pulp calls for treated effluent to go into Pictou harbour
Michael Gorman · CBC News. From an Update on Save The Northumberland Strait – Protect our Fisheries, our Tourism and our Health: It’s been a while since we made an update. Today Northern Pulp partially released some info to the public about a new proposal that will again see effluent pumped into Pictou Harbour. Any effluent pumped into Pictou Harbour from a Pulp Mill is unacceptable. “I know they’re going to talk about treatments and they’re going to talk about how good the effluent is going to be or how clear the effluent is going to be, but it’s still effluent and they’re talking about putting it into a harbour that, in 2017, they said themselves they couldn’t put it into the harbour because the harbour didn’t flush quick enough.”

June 22, 2021:
Nova Scotia lumberjack teaches crows how to logroll
CBC Radio Image from saltwire story on WWNS View YouTube Channel
Some N.S. government staff voice concerns over study needed for proposed wilderness area
Michael Gorman · CBC News
Glyphosate takes centre stage as pesticide hearings get underway in New Brunswick
Marie Sutherland · CBC News

June 21, 2021:
Mi’kmaw women object to “man camp” planned for Goldboro
Tim Bousquet in Morning File/The Examiner
Who benefits from Atlantic Gold’s Nova Scotia operations?
Joan Baxter in the Halifax Examiner (subscription required, read intro in Morning File) “Firm with gold mines on the Eastern Shore pays no taxes and low wages to its employees while it gets large government subsidies and maximizes profits. Oh, and it will leave toxic mine tailings that will be with us forever.”
‘Net-Zero’ Emissions May Not Be as Green as You Think
Michelle Gamage in “‘Undefined’ term reduces political pressure to take real action on climate change and hedges bets on future solutions, says expert…Reducing emissions to zero is a clear objective, Lee says, but net zero is less clear. It suggests some carbon emissions are allowed so long as those emissions are balanced by future actions to reduce pollution. Technology and nature-based solutions to pull carbon dioxide emissions from the air do exist, but Lee says they each come with some serious shortcomings, and we can’t rely on them to balance or subtract from ongoing emissions from Canada’s fossil fuel industry…The only way to effectively reduce carbon dioxide emissions is to reduce the amounts of fossil fuels we pull out of the ground and burn, domestically and around the world, Lee says.”

June 19, 2021:
Nova Scotia ‘poised for an election very soon,’ says one expert
By Alex Cooke Global News “The new premier must call an election by spring of 2022, but all signs point to a call much sooner than that. One of the biggest clues is the influx of new spending announcements from the provincial government…“Then at some point, the calculation would be made, I think, that now is as good a time as any (to call the election),” he said.As well, with talks of a federal election potentially happening this fall, Urbaniak said that will make it more likely for the provincial election to be called before that.”

June 18, 2021:
A Better Way to Look at Trees
By Rebecca Giggs in The Atlantic, July/Aug 2021 issue
Is the feds’ two billion trees program simply a path to more logging?
By Natasha Bulowski in the National Observer

June 16, 2021″
News brief: Maine on the verge of banning aerial spraying of glyphosate
By RobertDevet in the Nova Scotia Advocate
Atlantic Provinces Ready For Aquaculture Growth
NS Fisheries and Aquaculture
Ten Jobs for Getting to Work on a Zero Emissions Future
Michelle Gamage in The Tyee

June 15, 2021:
Nova Scotia bats are back (a bit) after most were lost to white-nose syndrome
Stuart Peddle for Saltwire
ATV users driving through fragile Atlantic salmon spawning habitat, says conservation group
Emma Smith · CBC News “ATV association wants the province to step up enforcement”
Freeing Oysters from a Parasite’s Hold
Text by Karen Pinchin Photos by Darren Calabrese in “Armed with traditional knowledge and modern science, a small team hunts for the sweet spot that could save oysters from a parasite that has decimated populations in Cape Breton and beyond.”

June 14, 2021:
Sales pitch: come destroy the environment of Guysborough and we’ll both make a buck
Joan Baxter in Morning File (Halifax Examiner)

June 12, 2021:
Non-native turtles bought at pet stores and abandoned putting N.S. species at risk
Emma Smith · CBC News. ‘Please don’t release your pet turtles into the wild, and please don’t take wild turtles as pets’

June 10, 2021:
Video: A singing season for Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia Advocate “The Migratory Birds Convention Act forbids cutting of forests where breeding birds are present, but harvesting continues at all times of the year. The birds are there though. You only have to go for a walk in Nova Scotia’s woods during breeding season, which is just around now, to hear warblers and other migratory songbirds singing their little hearts out.” Video on YouTube by Nova Scotia Healthy Forest Coalition
Public engagement, future of the forestry, and the Harvest Plans Map Viewer
Joan Baxter in the Halifax Examiner. Subscription required
A dying breed
story by Tom Cheney in Saltscapes Magazine “Working against the odds to assure species survival in the Bay of Fundy”
June 10 is date of access (no date on article)

June 9, 2021:
Province considers protecting 5,000-hectare Ingram River wilderness area

June 8, 2021:
Port Hawkesbury Paper upgrades to FSC national standard
Pulp and Paper Canada

June 7, 2021:
Foresters, loggers grapple with loss of markets for low-grade wood
By Amanda Gokee for
N.S. bird watchers worry military’s plan for Hartlen Point jeopardizes ‘No. 1 spot’ for sightings
Chris Lambie on

June 4, 2021:
Natural climate solutions for Canada
C. Ronnie Drever et al., in Science Advances. View related CBC article

June 3, 2021:
‘Our Planet, Our Future’ Statement Signed by 126 Nobel Laureates Delivered to World Leaders Ahead of G-7 Summit
News Release National Academies of Science, Engineering & Medicine (USA) “— Organizers of the recent Nobel Prize Summit shared a statement titled “Our Planet, Our Future: An Urgent Call for Action” — issued by the summit’s steering committee and co-signed by 126 Nobel laureates — with leaders of the G-7 countries and the U.N. secretary general, as well as other groups. In a letter, the Nobel Summit leaders asked that the statement’s conclusions and proposals about climate change and biodiversity, inequality, and technological transformation be used to inform international deliberations, particularly during the upcoming G-7 Summit to be hosted by the U.K. The first-ever Nobel Prize Summit brought together Nobel Prize laureates and other esteemed leaders in the sciences, policy, business, the youth movement, and the arts to explore actions that can be achieved this decade to put the world on a path to a more sustainable, more prosperous future for all. Inspired by the summit’s discussions, Nobel Prize laureates from around the world and other experts issued a statement that called for urgent action, stressing the need for humanity to establish a new relationship with the planet and offering seven proposals.”
No timeline for decision on Archibald Lake wilderness area, says N.S. minister
Michael Gorman · CBC News “Designation would prevent a proposed gold mine from accessing the water source”
California Assembly Passes Groundbreaking Deforestation Bill
Jennifer Skene for “California policymakers have breathed new life into the lungs of the earth, taking a major step toward protecting the world’s climate-critical forests. In a landmark vote on Wednesday, the California Assembly passed a groundbreaking bill that would ensure the state’s procurement contracts protect boreal and tropical forests and fundamental Indigenous rights…The bill embraces a global vision of forest protection, giving long overdue attention to the unsustainable loss of intact boreal forests, in addition to deforestation in the tropics…In Canada, despite the country’s vaunted environmental reputation, only 15 of 51 boreal caribou herds have sufficient habitat to survive long-term, logging companies aren’t being held accountable for their climate impacts, and Indigenous Peoples are not guaranteed the right to determine the future of their traditional territories…AB 416 marks an end to Northern countries’ impunity, holding boreal supply chains to the same standards as tropical forests. This scrutiny, however, also offers a new opportunity for Northern countries to achieve recognition for embracing fundamental climate and Indigenous rights standards in their forests.”

June 2, 2021:
Medical-grade pulp production feasible in Nova Scotia, says study
The State of Mass Timber in Canada
by Canadian Wood Council on

June 1, 2021:
A stubborn proposition: Ingram River Wilderness Area fights for fruition
By Zack Metcalfe in the Halifax Examiner “…Mike himself has identified over 130 forest stands in the Ingram whose trees exceed 125 years old. Many of these exceed 200 years, and a handful exceed 300. Only three trees in all 32,000 acres have broken the 400 year threshold, rarified air for any tree in the Maritimes. The oldest of these was discovered only last year, in the late afternoon of September 27th, on one of the ancient islands of Island Lake, a popular paddling destination. The uncertainties associated with tree coring prevented an accurate count, but Mike, who cored the tree himself, placed its age between 430-450 years, making it one of the oldest trees in the province. And there’s more…”

May 31, 2021:
Public comments on proposed N.S. gold mine overwhelmingly negative
Frances Willick · CBC News
Net Zero: Public against proposed gold mine in Nova Scotia
By iPolitics
How Nova Scotia’s greenhouse gas problem was “solved” over several rounds of drinks
Halifax Examiner Morning File citing Is the Canadian government about to spend nearly a billion dollars on a dubious, greenhouse-gas-target-busting natural gas scheme? by Joan Baxter, May 30, 2021 (subscription required) “Alberta-based Pieridae Energy is looking for $925 million in government funding for its proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Goldboro on Nova Scotia’s Eastern shore, and the federal government continues to meet with the company and — as far as we are allowed to know — also entertain the ask”

May 29, 2021:
Andrew Hebda on Ticks in Nova Scotia (YouTube Video)
Presentation to NatureNS. 43 minutes. On different species of ticks, their origins, infection with Lyme disease, spread, biology, and ways to reduce risk of exposure. Andrew Hebda recently retired from the NS Museum where he was Curator of Zoology

May 28, 2021:
With much at stake, environmental groups urge public to weigh in on new climate consultation
Elizabeth McSheffrey Global News “Environmental groups and the Nova Scotia government are urging the public to weigh in on a new climate consultation process launched this week…Noreen Mabiza, energy coordinator for sustainable communities at the Ecology Action Centre, said she wants to see the province adopt strong measures that will force it to follow its own environmental rules.“What we think is important is accountability mechanisms because without those accountability mechanisms, the SDGA is just going to be full of empty promises.””
Stopping the ‘rain of death’ on Canada’s forests
Joyce Nelson on “First Nations in Ontario call it the “rain of death.” They are referring to the aerial spraying of the herbicide glyphosate — Bayer-Monsanto’s Roundup and similar products — on forest lands without their consent.”

May 27, 2021:
“Awakening the sleeping giant”: re-Indigenization principles for transforming biodiversity conservation in Canada and beyond
Albert Marshall et al., in FACETS • 27 May 2021 “Precipitous declines in biodiversity threaten planetary boundaries, requiring transformative changes to conservation. Colonial systems have decimated species and ecosystems and dispossessed Indigenous Peoples of their rights, territories, and livelihoods…This paper introduces Indigenous principles for re-Indigenizing conservation: (i) embracing Indigenous worldviews of ecologies and M’sɨt No’kmaq, (ii) learning from Indigenous languages of the land, (iii) Natural laws and Netukulimk, (iv) correct relationships, (v) total reflection and truth, (vi) Etuaptmumk—“two-eyed seeing,” and “strong like two people”, and (vii) “story-telling/story-listening”. Although the principles derive primarily from a Mi’kmaw worldview, many are common to diverse Indigenous ways of knowing.”

NatureNS requests comment period on L&F sites posted for harvest be extended to 40 days after Covid travel restrictions are lifted
Subject: Request for Crown land harvest comment period extension.
Date: Thu, 27 May 2021 08:58:45 -0300 From: Bob Bancroft <> To: Chuck Porter <> CC: Iain Rankin <> On Behalf of the Board, Nature Nova Scotia is officially requesting, on behalf of Nature organizations across the province, that the comment closing period on L&F sites posted for harvest be extended for at least 40 days after covid travel restrictions within the province are lifted. Lands & Forestry continues to post new target blocks on public land for harvest. Those of us who have been getting out to each before the deadlines now are unable to. Bob Bancroft President, Nature Nova Scotia Member organizations: representing more than 20,000 citizens Annapolis Royal and Area Environment and Ecology Group: Blomidon Naturalists Society : Cape Breton Naturalists Society : Eastern Shore Forest Watch Association : Friends of Nature: Friends of the Pugwash Estuary: Halifax Field Naturalists : Margaree Environmental Association : Nova Scotia Bird Society : Nova Scotia Wild Flora Society : Save Caribou : Stop Clearcutting Unama’ki : Stop Spraying and Clear-cutting NS : Tusket River Environmental Protection Association : Young Naturalists Club of Nova Scotia

May 26, 2021:
Arsenic legacy in lake-bottom sediments from historic N.S. mine worries researcher
Michael Tutton · The Canadian Press
RAYMOND PLOURDE: Time for industrial forestry to vacate Crown lands
On Saltwire
Some N.S. community members concerned with increase in bear sightings
Jonathan MacInnis on CTV News

May 25, 2021:
How Nova Scotia plans to make the province a sportfishing destination
Brittany Wentzell · CBC
Annapolis Valley environmentalists buy forest parcel to protect it
Paul Pickrem for “Kris Humphreys of the Arlington Forest Protection Society…on a 46.7-acre section of forest purchased in January to protect it from clear-cutting…Humphreys said Nova Scotia has the second-highest asthma rates in the country and the most important change to forestry that we can hope for is a shift from harvest to protection. “Leave the forests standing. We don’t have 100 years to wait for regeneration. We have a small window of opportunity to make positive impacts within the next five or 10 years to reduce our emissions and to protect trees and grow trees as our life depends on it,” Humphreys said.”

May 24, 2021:
The New Brunswick Forestry Apocalypse: Live Flight
Cliff Seruntine on the Naturalist (YouTube channel) “Today, we are going to take a 100 kilometer flight using footage captured by a local New Brunswick pilot this spring, going from Moncton to Hillsdale and then to the Bay of Fundy. The evidence of the true state of New Brunswick’s forests cannot be concealed from the air, and it is painful to see. ”

May 21, 2021:
U.S. moves to double tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber imports
Dan Healing – The Canadian Press on CNC News

May 20,2021:
In the forest, a B.C. scientist discovers trees take care of their own
By Bill Metcalfe North Island Gazette. As summarized in TreeFrog for May 21, 2021: Suzanne Simard [does] groundbreaking scientific research into mycorrhizal fungi and networks, finding that forests behave as a single organism. …“The industry really shouldn’t be clearcutting if we’re trying to save carbon and save biodiversity and foster regeneration,” she told the Nelson Star, “We should be doing partial cutting.” …Simard says … the tendency of foresters to use herbicides to eliminate deciduous trees in favour of more commercially valuable conifers is a direct threat to healthy forest biodiversity, and is an example of how far behind the times forest policy is. “The plan is to take every last stick, basically. The government needs to shape up. And the problem that they have is that they’ve sold us out. The big corporate industry giants have consolidated, they’ve got their hands on most of the tenure, we’ve made commitments to them for volume harvested, and the government doesn’t want to reduce the timber volume.”

May 15, 2021:
Mi’kmaw student creates lab at Acadia to share traditional knowledge with future scientists
Emma Smith · CBC News

May 14, 2021
The rape of our lands
Elisabeth Kosters on the Nova Scotia Advocate
New Mi’kmaw-led land trust aims to protect culturally significant lands
Brittany Wentzell · CBC “The Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw Chiefs recently announced a new land trust to protect lands for ecological and cultural reasons. The Mi’kmaw-led initiative is called Sespite’tmnej Kmitkinu Conservancy.” Also view Media Release

The Climate Crisis New Yorker Newsletter
Bill McKibbon in the NY Times. Bad news on methane. “Despite the pandemic lockdown, 2020 saw the largest single increase in methane in the atmosphere since we started taking measurements, in the nineteen-eighties.” Fortunately, it’s not the beginning on run-away methane release but mostly from our use of natural gas. On Canada’s boreal forest: “Last week, I mentioned the frightening news that the Amazon forest has flipped from a carbon sink to a carbon source. New data indicate that the same thing has happened to Canada’s vast boreal forest. Barry Saxifrage outlines the numbers in a revealing report for the National Observer, adding, “It’s bad news for Canada’s plans to use forest ‘offsets’ to green-light extra fossil fuel burning.”

May 12, 2021:
News Release: Robotic Research and FPInnovations partner to develop resource road truck platooning technology
FP Innivations “The multi-year project aims at accelerating the adoption of off-road automated-vehicle (AV) technology to improve safety and address an acute labour shortage, thereby improving the quality and viability of rural jobs where natural resources are located. Looking to the future, a successful project would not only benefit Canada’s forest industry, but other Canadian sectors such as mining resources and natural resources in Northern Canada.”
(FPInnovations is a not-for-profit research institute serving the forestry industry in Canada)Call for Proposals for Innovative Forest Sector Technologies
Natural resources Canada on “The Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, today launched a call for proposals under the Investments in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) program. Investments in successful projects will help advance Canada’s forest sector bioeconomy and low-emission energy future while creating and maintaining jobs in communities across the country. Applications will be accepted until Thursday, July 22, 2021. All eligible organizations are encouraged to apply. The program supports the adoption of transformative technologies and product diversification, increases forest sector competitiveness and supports economic prosperity as the sector recovers from COVID-19. Budget 2021 announced up to $54.8 million over two years, starting in 2021–22, to Natural Resources Canada to increase the capacity of the IFIT program, following increased uptake and successes in previous years…”Here come those high paying rural jobs (for Robotics Engineers) and the Biorefineries… no  mention of rigorous, transparent and objective GHG accounting to back up good-for-the-planet claims.

May 11, 2021:
Brussels rebuked over ‘confusing’ draft EU bioenergy rules
By Frédéric Simon | “The European Commission was sent back to the drawing board on the EU’s renewable energy directive overhaul after an internal assessment of its draft proposal concluded that it failed to analyse the potential environmental risks of increased bioenergy use.”

May 10, 2021:
P&G and its Suppliers’ Words Undercut FSC
Courtenay Lewis Shelley Vinyard om “The collaboratively-established Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is widely considered by to be the strongest forest certification program in Canada. While FSC is not perfect, it is far superior to its key competitor, the industry-created Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), which has been roundly critiqued as permitting harmful logging practices that fail to protect forest ecosystems and Indigenous rights. But over many years, a troubling dynamic has persisted, wherein actors in the Canadian logging industry, the companies that purchase wood products from these actors, and even the Canadian government, broadly claim logging in Canada is sustainable simply because so much of it is third-party certified.”

May 9, 2021:
Nova Scotia Parks Past and Future | The Outdoor Report
Christopher Trider on About Owl’s Head in particular. From the intro to the article: “Christopher Trider worked as a park planner for 21 years. He designed well-loved coastal parks including MacCormacks Beach, Rainbow Haven, Lawrenctown, Pomquet Beach and many more.”

May 8, 2021:
Finding the Mother Tree by Suzanne Simard review – a journey of passion and introspection
Tiffany Francis-Baker in The Guardian. Book Review

May 7, 2021:

Assembly announces the incorporation of a Mi’kmaw-led land trust
Press Release from Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw Chiefs (Assembly)

One of Canada’s biggest carbon sinks is circling the drain
Barry Saxifrage in the National Observer. “Canada’s continent-spanning forest used to remove massive amounts of CO2 from the air each year. It was a hugely valuable “carbon sink”, slowing the pace of climate change and benefiting our logging industry. But that carbon sink has steadily collapsed to the point where the forest now emits CO2. That adds fuel to our accelerating climate crisis, and spells trouble for Canadian logging.”

HELGA GUDERLEY: Crucial next steps for implementing Lahey N.S. forestry report
In Chronicle Herald (subscription required) An extract: Full implementation of Lahey’s recommendations requires: improving reporting on the state of the forest (4), engaging with the public concerning landscape level planning (13, 36), following the Endangered Species Act (18, 29), improving old forest conservation (17), protecting birds, sensitive soils, tourism and outdoor recreation from the impact of forestry operations (16), implementing Class II environmental assessments as part of forestry management on Crown lands (20), showcasing the principles of ecological forestry to private land owners (30-35) and setting up carbon credits for woodlot owners (32-33).
Further, Lahey states that “DNR must take immediate and sustained action to be responsive to concerns about potential adverse impact of forestry on Crown lands on sensitive soils, bird populations, tourism operations and plans, outdoor recreation and protected areas.”
Clock is ticking
All of this is important. But how long will it take? Our forests cannot survive current practices much longer. Lahey spent 12 months making his analysis. The Department of Lands and Forestry (LAF) has spent 32 months (and counting) studying how to implement his report. LAF made small adjustments, increasing retention levels in clear cuts from 10 to 20 per cent and changing harvest terminology. Meanwhile, in 2019 and 2020, over 29,000 hectares were designated for harvests, in which 70-90 per cent of the trees are cut. This is equivalent to almost 55,000 football fields! Talk and log is the name of the game.
Finally, in late 2020, half of the members of the ministerial advisory committee for Lands and Forestry said “enough is enough” and called for a moratorium on use of the old forest management guides and retroactive application of the third Silvicultural Guide for the Ecological Matrix to pending harvests. Simply stated, they called for a moratorium on clear cutting. This moratorium is essential if Nova Scotia is to have habitat that preserves our terrestrial biodiversity and forests worthy of ecological forestry. Tens of thousands of signatures, emails, postcards, opinion pieces, protests, law suits, civil disobedience and even a prolonged hunger strike show deep public support for such a moratorium. Continuing status quo logging procedures while slowly considering the implementation of Lahey’s recommendations is wrong…Stewardship of our public lands is more important than ever, as they provide a host of ecosystem services that range far beyond forestry interests. The apparent broad support for implementing Lahey should allow this crucial reform to be done before the next election.”

May 6, 2021:
ANNOUNCEMENT: Can Geo Talks: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest
Event by Canadian Geographic. Online Event. Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 9:30 PM UTC-03 – 12 AM UTC-0. Price: Free · Duration: 2 hr 30 min. Public · Anyone on or off Facebook “It’s not about how we can save the trees, but about how trees could actually save us. Tune in on May 6 at 8:30 p.m. EST for a conversation with Dr. Suzanne Simard, a professor of Forest Ecology at UBC and world-leading expert and pioneer on tree connectivity and communication.”

May 5, 2021:
Northern Pulps withdraws EA, Plans being developed to overhaul mill operations including an advanced ETF
Paper Excellence Press Release
Environment minister concerned P.E.I. forests ‘drastically reduced’
Kevin Yarr · CBC News
Archibald Lake delay angers river group
By Alec Bruce in
– The St. Mary’s River Association (SMRA) is “frustrated” that the province is delaying the protection of 684 hectares of woodlands, wetlands and lakes near Sherbrooke from environmental harm, says the group’s president, Scott Beaver.” View image on WWNS

From p 9 in Summary Report:
What we heard during
Nova Scotia Wilderness
Areas Consultations
January 9th through March 9th, 2020.
Prepared by Nova Scotia Environment

Also view Archibald Lake Wilderness Area (New) on /parksandprotectedareas. “About 10 ha around Archibald Brook is subject to mineral exploration rights. These rights can be honoured under the Wilderness Areas Protection Act, provided activities do not degrade the wilderness area. Archibald Lake is also identified in Atlantic Gold’s description for the proposed Cochrane Hill Gold Project: The company’s proposed
use of Archibald Lake cannot be permitted within a wilderness area.”

May 4, 2021:
The birds of Owls Head need a wingman
Lindsay Lee in The Coast. “The government puts the piping plover on license plates, but will it help the plovers on our beaches?”
W-SPF 2×4’s at $2,000?
Russ Taylor, President on “Ongoing Surge in Lumber Demand Is Creating Unbelievable Prices!”

May 3, 2021:
Only intact forests can stave off climate change
Tim Radford on Climate News Network

Old-Growth Forest Logging Approvals Are Soaring in BC
By Amanda Follett Hosgoofor The Tyee “New mapping released today by the Wilderness Committee indicates the province approved significantly more old-growth logging over the past 12 months than it did the previous year. According to the report released today, the province approved logging in 84,669 hectares of old-growth forest over the past year compared with 59,228 hectares the year prior. Advocates speculate that the 43-per-cent increase could signal the forest industry’s push to secure harvestable timber as the province promises tighter restrictions on old-growth logging.”
The Woman Who Looked at a Forest and Saw a Community
By Jonathan C. Slaght in the NY Times, Book review: FINDING THE MOTHER TREE Discovering Wisdom in the Forest By Suzanne Simard Illustrated. 368 pp. Alfred A. Knopf. $28.95. “In her new book, Suzanne Simard contends that at the center of a healthy forest stands a Mother Tree: an old-growth matriarch that acts as a hub of nutrients shared by trees of different ages and species linked together via a vast underground fungal network.”

Apr 30, 2021:
California’s Carbon Offset Program Is a Complete Disaster
Molly Taft in Gizmodo “On Thursday, ProPublica and MIT Technology Review published an investigation into forest offset programs in California, based on an analysis created by CarbonPlan, a nonprofit that specializes in looking into carbon removal programs. The story shows the issue of relying on offsets, a tactic increasingly favored by all sorts of businesses, rather than cutting emissions in the first place.”

Apr 29, 2021
Sawmills are selling boards faster than they can cut them
By Marcy Nicholson, Bloomberg News in the Financial Post

Apr 27, 2021:
Lack of answers on proposed wilderness area raises concerns for environmental group
Michael Gorman · CBC News “Proposed gold mine project would not be permitted in Archibald Lake wilderness area”

Apr 26, 2021:
Paris climate agreement overlooks wood pellet loophole
Cameron Oglesby for Environmental health News
JIM VIBERT: Is Nova Scotia Premier Iain Rankin’s environmentalism real or rhetoric?
Chronicle Herald.(Subscription required). Also view by JV: JIM VIBERT: The ‘Rankin government’ is all about good news (Apr 2, 2021)
Owls Head: Economic driver or ecological disaster?
Francis Campbell in the Chronicle Herald. Image on WWNS
Researchers ask public for herp atlas help
Stuart Peddle in the Chronicle Herald (subscription required) Image on WWNS

Apr 25, 2021:
All hail the woods: How and when forests store carbon
Zack Metcalfe in the Nova Scotia Advocate
Concrete capture, Part 2: The murky world of air emissions testing and why monitoring pollution is not the same as mitigating it
Linda Pannozzo in the Halifax Examiner. “…as was laid out in Part 1 of this series, while the province originally decided that using tire-derived-fuel (TDF) wasn’t in the cards, at least not in the “foreseeable future,” it did an about-face in 2017 when then Environment Minister (now Premier) Iain Rankin approved Lafarge’s one-year pilot to burn roughly 350,000 tires in its kiln, despite concerns raised by government scientists in the internal review of the company’s EA registration document.”

Apr 22, 2021 (EarthDay):
N.S. announces a slew of new properties to receive legal protection
Michael Gorman · CBC News
How to plant two billion trees: Finding utility in a feel-good story
Zack Metcalfe in the Nova Scotia Advocate

Apr 21, 2021:
Is burning biomass the answer?
Janet Whitman in Halifax Magazine

Apr 20. 2021:
How the Biodiversity Act was killed
Joan Baxter in the Hlifax Examiner. Subscription required. Intro. given in Morning File. “Forest Nova Scotia, which represents the biggest forestry players, gets an awful lot of public money — including millions of dollars to administer a forest roads program panned by the auditor general. It also has a paid lobbyist swaying the policies of the very government that funds it, and who started working on its behalf just as the Biodiversity Act was gutted.”

Apr 19, 2021:
Northern Exposure: The Unseen Loss of Northern Forests
Jennifer Skene on “In Canada, even a barren stretch of stumps counts as a perfectly healthy forest”

Apr 17, 2021:
Depleted Soil
Letter by Tom Miller in the Chronicle Herald (view image on WWNS) responding to – Cassie Turple’s Apr 10 Opinion piece of Apr 10 (view image on WWNS)

Apr 16, 2021:
Breck Stuart will be the new General Manager at WestFor Management Inc
WestFor Facebook Page
How the Biodiversity Act was killed
Halifax Examiner Morning File Rankin “happy where we landed” on the Biodiversity Act

Apr 15, 2021:
We know the science of forestry – we should do better
Norris Margeson Wiston in the Truro News. Viewed on PressReader
DALE SMITH: Nova Scotia’s Rankin must end bait-and-switch routine on forestry reform
In the Chronicle Herald. View image on WWNS”The switch occurs when responsibility for implementation is turned over to an entrenched and reluctant bureaucracy…”
Alan Shaw on The Natural Resources Strategy 11 years later & The Biodiversity Act
Maritime Noon interview 2.48 to approx. 10 mins (part of a larger interview). Also the whole noontime segment on ‘development vs land protection’ is available as an audio file.

Communications specialist: “hundreds of thousands of dollars” were spent to produce “blatant lies” for the campaign against the Biodiversity Act
Joan Baxter in the Halifax Examiner

Apr 14, 2021
Healthy Forest Coalition Briefing Notes
Prepared for MLAs as the legislature reconvened

Progress report on N.S.’s effort to shift to ecological forestry expected in June
Michael Gorman · CBC News “Lands and Forestry Minister Chuck Porter said during budget debate on Tuesday at the legislature that University of King’s College president Bill Lahey will provide an update to his department this month and have a finalized review complete for public release about two months later.”

Biodiversity Act passes at Province House, regulations still to come
Michael Gorman · CBC News “…The changes Rankin announced to the bill came in the face of a highly co-ordinated lobby effort bankrolled by industry lobbyists that attempted to pit landowners and environmentalists against each other. NDP forestry critic Lisa Roberts noted it was left to landowners, environmentalists and others who supported the bill in its original form to find a way to push back against the lobby effort…NDP Leader Gary Burrill said the changes the Liberals made to the bill, reducing it from 19 pages to seven, robbed it of its promise..uBrrill accused the Tories of buying into the lobby effort talking points, posturing for the sake of politics and being outdated and out of touch with the realities of climate change and the requirements to respond. Houston, meanwhile, shot back that his party was the only one willing to stand up for rural landowners and questioned the relevance of the NDP.”

Northern Pulp poised to submit revised plan for effluent treatment facility
Paul Withers · CBC News. Also view CH article.

Update Apr 14, 2021
‘Resuming In the News, but I will not attempt to catch every item (as I did previously).

UPDATE  Apr 5, 2021. This page  provided a list of links to news items related to forests and forestry in Nova Scotia beginning Jan 1, 2021,  as I was  able to catch them (other pages, cited below carried news items back to June 21, 2016). I stopped this effort on March 25, 2021, overwhelmed by the frequency of news items related to forestry in NS, many of them redundant; most of them ‘bad news’, at least from my perspective.

I am providing some ‘In the News’ Updates in these two posts:

These two posts illustrate the pretty dismal state of discussions about forestry in NS. It was all brought to a head by our new, young, ‘environmentalist Premier’, Iain Rankin, who promised big, pro-environment changes in his run-up to the Liberal Leadership vote on Feb 6, 2021.

However, within weeks of being elected as the new leader and Premier of NS, he backed down in the face of a Trump style disinformation campaign by the Big Forestry lobby against his Biodiversity Act, which he gutted. The Biodiversity Act had been a major plank in his campaign for the leadership and one reason many environmentally-oriented NS liberals voted for him.

I am still figuring out what to do with this website; it will remain but with a new focus.

For older items  see
In the News 2020
Older News

The dates cited below are the dates of publication of the news items (not the dates on which I accessed them).

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All NSFN Posts
GHGs in the News

Reminder, February 3 to April 13, 2021
Protected Areas Consultation

March 2021: News related to Biodiversity Act is given under Updates to Mar 16 Post

“This stand, art of the community-proposed IRWA, contains a 400-year plus eastern hemlock. Photo by Mike Lancaster”  -from the Halifax Examiner

Mar 19, 2021:
Undo the theft. Give us back Owl’s Head
Elizabeth Kosters on Earth Science Society
One year after Northern Pulp’s closure, contractors ‘really suffered’
By Ellen Cools in
-“Biodiversity hotspot” primed for logging
Linda Pannozzo in the Halifax Examiner.
Activist on hunger strike calls on Canadian government to halt logging
The Guardian “Jacob Fillmore has only had broth and water for 12 days to raise awareness over destruction of eastern forests”


Letter in the Chronicle Herald today (Mar 12, 2021)