View of the entrance to Halifax Harbour across Point Pleasant Park. The area in the foreground was completely stripped by Hurricane Juan in 2003. White Pine at right was a survivor. May 5, 2017
“We don’t want to disturb those nests — and the regulations stipulate that we can’t” – but there is no such compliance on provincially administered Crown lands
It was International Migratory Birds Day on Sat May 11. Appropriately, although coincidentally, it was announced the day before that “A plan to cut down 80,000 trees inside Halifax’s most popular seaside park has been put on hold until the fall to protect the nests of many species of birds,” (Canadian Press/CTV News May 10, 2019). That decision followed concerns expressed by birdwatchers.
Earlier this week, city officials said the cutting at Point Pleasant Park, which is aimed at restoring the health of the park’s Acadian forest, would be carried out in June and July.
However, spokesman Brendan Elliott confirmed Friday no trees would be felled until September because an earlier cull would have violated federal regulations pertaining to migratory birds.
UPDATE MAY 11, 2019: For a far more informative article on this topic, view Truth Be Told: Nova Scotia’s forest department hires a PR firm with forest industry ties to help it with transparency by Linda Pannozzo in the Halifax Examiner, May 10, 2019. It discloses the firm of the consultants, and provides some details on issues with the Harvest Map Viewer (re: “How do you think the HPMV could be improved?: cited below) that I was not familiar with but are pretty critical; also it references the recommendations of the Natural Resources Strategy regarding communication. Well worth the $10 for a month’s subscription to get access to the full article if you are following this topic. I hope L&F and the Consultants developing the communication plan can afford it because they could definitely benefit from reading it.
In 2019, not putting some old forest habitat on the chopping block is an advance in our thinking, but it is not a net improvement in the space for wild species in Nova Scotia which continues to decline
Old Yellow Birch
I had been hoping to see something upbeat to report on the forestry front by Earth Day (Apr 22, 2019) and finally some good news arrived, or at least mostly good news. View:
Proposed cut of Margaree old growth stopped
Aaron Beswick in the Chronicle Herald Mar 20, 2019 (content currently available without subscription)
A proposed harvest of old growth forest in the Margaree area has been put on hold after a local resident raised concerns.
In February, Brian Peters wrote the Department of Lands and Forestry about a proposed 38-hectare cut in Coady Settlement. The pre-treatment assessment of the stand conducted by Port Hawkesbury Paper showed it to be one-third composed of yellow birch – a long lived climax specie of the Acadian Forest.
“I wish to emphasize that these older trees and old growth stands must be valued and retained as much as possible,” wrote Peters to the department.
Don’t expect any announcement about who they hire
Little Owl asks for a recommendation for a position at L&F
“Reporting to the Senior Forester of Landscape Planning, as the Research and Planning Forester you will lead forest research and planning projects, develop management tools, and provide related advice to Department managers, Regional IRM resource professionals, technical staff, and external clients to ensure effective implementation of new and established program directions.
“…Bachelor of Science in Forestry plus 6 years of related experience; or Masters degree in Science of Forestry and 4 years of related experience. A comprehensive knowledge of forest ecology and forest management principles, practices, objectives, policies and procedures as well as regulations concerning natural resources.”
“Please Meet with Us!” They did.
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UPDATE – For a Valley Perspective on the Day, see ‘Train wreck coming’ – Activists push for more media coverage, more action on climate change
Lawrence Powell for the Cape Breton Post, Apr 16, 2019
Close to 100 participants, including a large contingent that came in by chartered bus from the Annapolis Valley, joined the Extinction Rebellion (XR) events today in Halifax. Similar events were being staged worldwide.
The XR Nova Scotia group went first to the Chronicle Herald on Joseph Howe Drive and then to CBC on Chebucto Road to demand that they “start reporting on the climate crisis and hold government to account”. XR reps were able to meet with media execs or reps at both locations.
Then they tromped across the peninsula in heavy rain to Nova Scotia Power/Emera on Lower Water Street/Terminal Road to demand that they “stop burning coal and forest for electricity”. I joined a very wet but upbeat group of protesters at the NSP/Emera location. (Emera is the parent company of NSP, both Nova Scotia based.)
After an hour or so gathered on the steps of Emera on Terminal Road and calling on Emera to meet with them, talking about XR and a little rap and song, several senior NSP executives agreed to meet with representatives of XR-Nova Scotia. To paraphrase the brief report given by Eleanor X, as she emerged: