Equating survival of Mainland Moose and Humans in Nova Scotia 9Mar2021

Jacob Fillmore (right) at the law courts on Jan 26, 2021, joined by Heather Moore (left).

When I first read the headline about Jacob Fillmore’s hunger strike, I didn’t get the dietary connection Jacob was making.

I have had an unsuccessful relationship with the Chronicle Herald over the last couple of years, unable to get an electronic subscription that makes content consistently available and I gave up trying. So I couldn’t read the content of the article.

Then I read a post on the Extinction Rebellion Nova Scotia Facebook page that explained it all:

Fillmore said he will survive on water, soup broth for nutrients and a homemade electrolyte mix while the moose searches for its approximate daily intake of 25 kilograms of saplings, twigs, leaves and aquatic vegetation.

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WestFor advertising for General Manager 3Mar2021

From notice received via indeed.com:

Apply on Company Site
WestFor Management Inc.
Bridgewater, NS
POSITION: General Manger
LENGTH OF EMPLOYMENT: Full-time, Salaried.
LOCATION: Western Nova Scotia – WestFor Management Inc. is based in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia and conducts forestmanagement and operations across the western 9 counties of the province.
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Nina Newington Notes from Court #3 — ‘Irreparable Harm’ and the ‘Balance of Convenience’, February 25th, 2021

“What is the value of a standing forest?” asks Nina Newington. And, “What price a lost forest? And who pays that price? Whose forest was it, in the first place?”

Contemplative moments at Rocky Point Lake Forest.

By Nina Newington
Originally posted on Annapolis Royal & Area – Environment & Ecology 

Earlier posts in this series:
Nina Newington Notes from Court #2 — the Illusion of Consent, February 5th, 2021
Cutting Moose Country# 1 in Nina Newington’s Notes From Court 30Jan2021

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Background: I spent the day in the Nova Scotia Supreme Court on January 26th, observing WestFor’s application to extend the temporary injunction they were granted in December against the Extinction Rebellion Nova Scotia Association and John and Jane Doe. WestFor is a consortium of 13 sawmills.

Nine Moose Country forest protectors — including me — were arrested for failing to obey this injunction. The injunction barred anyone from blocking any logging road anywhere on Crown land that WestFor has a license to harvest. We face criminal charges of disobeying a court order. On March 15th we will find out when exactly we are to enter our pleas in Provincial Court in Digby. Sometime later our cases will go to trial. In the meantime we are barred from setting foot on any of the crown lands covered by the injunction.

Due to COVID regulations, I was the sole representative in the public gallery of the people who blockaded logging roads in Digby County for 8 weeks. I submitted an affidavit but WestFor’s lawyers chose not to cross-examine me.

This is the third in a series of notes covering different aspects of the hearing. The first looked at the use WestFor made of ‘Moose Concentration Area’ maps. The second focused on the role of the province’s Harvest Plan Map Viewer in creating the illusion of consent. This third one has to do with the legal tests for turning an interim injunction into a more permanent interlocutory one. Perhaps we will have a ruling on the case by the time I write a fourth. Continue reading

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Nova Scotia L&F looking for Senior Development Officer 27Feb2021

From the NS Job Notice:

About Our Opportunity
As the Senior Development Officer, you will be responsible for researching, planning and implementing forestry economic and resources development and trade projects and initiatives, within the mandate of the department.

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For the record: Rankin’s first comments as premier of Nova Scotia on implementing the Lahey Report & Owl’s Head 25Feb 2021

UPDATE Feb 27, 2021: About golf courses in protected areas (“A legacy of the past”)
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Iain Rankin, sworn in an Premier on Tuesday Feb 23rd was interviewed on CBC’s Information Morning the next day.

For the record, an ‘abbreviated transcript’ of the section when he was asked first about implementation of the Lahey Report and then about Owl’s Head (3:17 to 6:38) is given below.

CBC: Will the Lahey report be implemented before the next election? Continue reading

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Bill Lahey on Rick Howe Show comments on where we are with his recommendations 24Feb2021

From News 95.7:  “The Rick Howe Show with Jordi Morgan – Monday, February 22, 2021 Iain Rankin has vowed to bring the Lahey report into action this year. We talk about it with author of the report Bill Lahey.”

An Abbreviated Transcript* follows:

Jordi Morgan: Iain Rankin was the Minister of Lands and Forestry and said at the time he was in favour of fully implementing the Lahey Report….written by William Lahey… WL joins us this am.

JM: …Has it been a little disheartening to you that the recommendations.. have yet to be implemented?

WL: I would describe it as discouraging. There has been much good policy and planning work that has been done but we are past the point and we should be seeing actual changes on the landscape in how forestry is conducted particularly on Crown land. I am enthusiastic that the Premier designate made it a high profile part of his platform and I am encouraged and excited by the prospect now of action starting at a much faster pace. Continue reading

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Comment on the revised SGEM for Nova Scotia: an inconvenient truth about our soils 16Feb2021

Soils over more than 50% of the forested landscape in Nova Scotia simply need time to recover if we are ever to achieve truly sustainable harvesting, and to conserve and restore forest and aquatic biodiversity. At a minimum, we need to reduce the harvest on Crown lands to 500,000 cubic meters per year (from 820,576 cubic metres in 2019).

Sharing concerns about our natural world. Photo from 12 Days of Action, Day 11

UPDATE:  Also View
Comments by Karen Beazley (Feb 16, 2021)
Professor, Dalhousie School of Resource and Environmental Sciences
Response to the draft: Nova Scotia Silvicultural Guidelines for the Ecological Matrix Lands by the Healthy Forest Coalition, Feb 15, 2021 comprehensive, 20 page document)
Comments by Helga Guderley, Feb 17, 2021
NatureNS response, Feb 18, 2021
EAC Review of the Silvicultural Guide for the Ecological Matrix
Ecology Action Centre, Feb., 2021
SGEM Response – Lindsay Lee (a fifth-generation woodlot owner and an avid hiker). Feb 2021
– and the previous three posts with submissions by Bev Wigney, Nina Newington, and Addie and Fred Campaigne

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I have written about these issues to Government many times going back to 2009 and on this website since 2016 and I was finding it difficult to drum up the enthusiasm to do it yet once again.

Events of past several months and the eloquent submissions on the SGEM shared recently on this website gave me the boost I needed, the sense that  it is even more urgent  to share our concerns about how we interact with the natural world that sustains us.

So here is what I sent to L&F today: Continue reading

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Bev Wigney on the revised SGEM for Nova Scotia: perspectives of a naturalist 15Feb2021

Bev Wigney’s depiction of “Super Canopy Trees” Mar 11, 2019

Bev Wigney is first and foremost a naturalist. She founded the Facebook Group Annapolis Royal and Area – Environment & Ecology in the fall of 2018, primarily to promote  natural history observation in the Annapolis area. She and others  became concerned when they learned about a  harvest planned for a Crown land forest they knew well, and eventually managed to get it stopped.   Subsequently,   Bev led the way, with Shelly Hipson in Shelburne Co,  in encouraging folks to get out on some of our Crown land parcels proposed for harvesting to see  what’s there.  The first one Bev & Co  visited  – The Corbett-Dalhousie Lakes forest – turned out to have been posted in error by L&F – and to host some biological treasures.  After a lot of followup by Bev & Co., and a camp-out on the lands by some very determined women, harvesting was  put on hold  (but  I  believe its fate is still unclear). Bev continues to inform herself  – and L&F – about what’s on our Crown lands and to talk about what we need to do to nurture their inhabitants.

Thanks for taking the time to do this Bev Wigney, and for sharing it. I know only too well that you would rather be collecting beetles from your wood pile or peering through binoculars…

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Nina Newington on the revised SGEM for Nova Scotia: some big improvements and some trap doors 15Feb2021

Nina’s comments are another example of Nova Scotians taking the time to carefully examine proposed changes  in forest management on our Crown lands in response to the Lahey Report and to offer thoughtful, constructive suggestions on how to improve them.  The words also say, “We Care”, Please Listen to Us”.

Thank you, again, NN

Posted  today on Extinction Rebellion Nova Scotia (Public Facebook Group):

Comment on the revised Silvicultural Guides for the Ecological Matrix – February 14, 2021

The overarching priority
The Government of Nova Scotia has accepted the Lahey Report and has committed to implementing its recommendations. Specifically, the Government of Nova Scotia has stated that:

  •  “Government accepts Professor Lahey’s Independent Review of Forest Practices in Nova Scotia and agrees with the spirit and intent of his recommendations.”
  •  “The key to Professor Lahey’s report is the adoption of a new paradigm — ecological forestry”.
  •  “Nova Scotia will protect and enhance ecosystems and biodiversity as the overarching policy priority, as they are the foundation for other values”.
  •  “Nova Scotia’s forest policies and operational decision making will be guided by the practice of ecological forestry through a triad model. This will represent a significant change in the way Nova Scotia’s forest will be managed and will require modelling for habitat and wood supply”[1].

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Addie & Fred Campaigne on the revised Silvicultural Guide for Nova Scotia: Carbon-based silviculture is paramount 12Feb2021

Youngster observing tree moss  on a forest outing on a NS Park Event  in 2014. We must all be given opportunities to enjoy and contribute to healthy Crown land  forests say Addie & Fred Campaigne

And a lot else

Just under a year ago I needed some inspiration to comment on the High Production Forestry Discussion Paper, and it came from Addie and Fred Campaigne who had posted their thoughtful comments on a social media site. (I didn’t know them otherwise.) They gave me permission to post it on NSFN (view post).

Now a year later and for the same reasons, I am again in need of inspiration to comment, this time, on the draft  SGEM (the  “Silvicultural Guide for the Ecological Matrix” renamed from Forest Management Guide or FMG) which was released on Jan 21, 2021 with comments due by Feb 19, 2021 (view post).

That inspiration again came from comments by Addie & Fred. Their comments on the proposed SGEM illustrate so well the depth of concern, both passionate and reasoned, that so many Nova Scotians have about our natural world, and about our forests in particular. And I especially like that their vision is an inclusive one, it is not “us against them”. Continue reading

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