A few quotes that say a lot
“You can’t grow a 150 year-old tree in 50 years.”
Comment by an elder forester when the Stanfield government held hearings in Cumberland Co. in the early 1960s to promote its plans to clearcut in support of a new pulp mill planned for Pictou and told woods people, “Now you will be able harvest every 50 years”. (Source: an elder from Parrsboro area).
“Nova Scotia Power has an obligation to its ratepayers to get wood fibre as cheaply as possible. The cheapest way is to clear land, not selectively harvest to improve the lot for the future.”
Alan Eddy, Associate Deputy Minister of NSDNR and former senior forester with Nova Scotia Power after acknowledging that land was being cleared to feed the biomass boiler at Pt. Tupper, cited in the CH Jan 9, 2015.
“I remain unconvinced that clearcutting is the best option for the majority of our forest types, especially in western Nova Scotia. After studying the lessons of history and the experience of the United States, Scandinavia and Germany, I am reasonably certain that clearcutting as commonly practised here offers little or no economic advantage over partial cutting systems when all costs are added in and, furthermore, that over the long run it is ecologically unsound. Yet clearcutting with planting is the chief method practiced in Nova Scotia today. Down the road I think we will pay for this in decreasing water quality.”
Ralph S. Johnson, 1986. In the Epilogue to his book Forests of Nova Scotia, published by NS Dept of Lands and Forests.
“You cannot separate the people from the land, it is who we are.”
Mi’kmaq poet and scholar Shalan Joudry on Connecting to Wapane’kati, Oct 21, 2016.
“Papermaking in the northeast of North America has run the gamut. It’s no longer economic without serious concessions from the people and our forest.”
Tom Miller, Race to the Bottom Letter Apr 7, 2016
“A new harvest tracking system will enable government to monitor and report on the progress towards the target to reduce clear-cutting to no more than 50 per cent of our harvest over the five-year period after the implementation which will take us into 2016. ”
Charlie Parker, Minister of Natural Resources, Hansard, April 19, 2012
“Successive governments, whether PCs, Liberals or NDPs, have watered down forest conservation legislation to make (it) meaningless as effective tools for forest conservation. (It is) only used to placate the general public into letting them think something useful is being done.”
Glyn Bissix, Acadia Univ. prof. In CH June 24, 2012 Forestry experts seek strong rules, local owners for N.S. woodlands
“Nobody should question my department’s commitment to managing the forestry…we understand what’s needed… we know what valuable resources it is… it has been contributing for 400 years and we want it to contribute for another 400 years.”
NSDNR Minister Lloyd Hines on CBC Sep 10, 2016.