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Frontispiece for People for Ecological Forestry in Southwest Nova Scotia June 12, 2019. View full image. View: “McGill Point near Wagner Lake, Shelburne County near approved clear-cut”

‘This page ‘not intended to be comprehensive.
Just some items I happen to catch that are worth noting.
Begins on Jan 16, 2019, most recent ones at top.
Most are on Public Facebook Group pages,
&’may require Facebook sign-in to access them

Sep 12, 2020
Letter Forty-Two to the Prime Minister: Wildfires
by Amelia Penney-Crocker, a 14 year old writer and climate activist who lives on the unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq people Every week I write a letter to the Prime Minister of Canada. I decided to publish my letters here because I believe my message is important for everyone to read and I want to encourage and empower other young people to write their own letters to leadership.”

Sep 24, 2020
How much is the carbon in proposed HPF forests worth?
Addie R Campaigne on Healthy Forests Coalition. Also view here.

Sep 21, 2020
Bev Wigney on Annapolis Royal & Area – Environment & Ecology ” …the ANNAPOLIS COUNTY PARTICIPANTS in the FIRST ANNUAL KESPUKWITK MUNICIPAL iNATURALIST COMPETITION amassed the highest number of observations of any of the 8 counties that took part between Sept. 14 and 20th. Together, we posted 3,577 observations! We also posted the greatest number of species – at 540 species.” View iNaturalist site for the competition. View Resource Page for iNaturalist in Kespukwitk (Southwest NS)

Sep 18, 2020
North Nova contributes logs to Rough Cuts
A post by Rough Cuts Canada on Woods and Waters Nova Scotia. North Nova is an ecologically- oriented forestry co-op operating in Cumberland and Colchester Counties, incorporated in 1976 (see their FB page here.) Rough Cuts Canada‘s goal is “to provide Police, Fire, EMS and Military members diagnosed with PTSD, a place to be creative with their hands, through the joy of wood working.”

Sep 12, 2020:
On saving more Old Growth
M.L. on The Healthy Forest Coalition (Public Facebook Group). It references this news item: B.C. to protect 353,000 hectares of forest with old-growth trees from logging until new plan is developed – Chad Pawson · CBC News · Posted: Sep 11, 2020 . Good discussion

Sep 10, 2020:
They don’t care anymore
Addie Campaigne on Stop Spraying and Clearcutting in Nova Scotia

Sep 7, 2020:
We Must Protect Owls Head Park to Safeguard Biodiversity
Lindsay Lee on

Aug 22, 2020

I rented a cottage for a month in the wilds of Nova Scotia, just south of Kejimkujik Park…it seemed that everywhere I went I witnessed extreme devastation to our land…clear cutting everywhere.
JFS on Stop Spraying & Clear-Cutting Nova Scotia

Aug 12, 2020:

People for Ecological Forestry in Southwest Nova Scotia.

Aug 10, 2020
Harvest Blocks Open for Comment – August 2020
Medway Community Forest Co-op “We have new harvest blocks up for comment on the Province’s Harvest Plan Map Viewer (HPMV). They will be open for comment until September 13th, and we encourage our members, and members of the community to provide feedback.” The page provides details of their plans for each block, with photos. (One might ask why that couldn’t be done routinely for all proposed Crown land harvests.)

Aug 7, 2020
A recap some of the happenings with government and Crown land, 2008-2020
People for Ecological Forestry in Southwest Nova Scotia.

July 22, 2020
More ecologically valuable forest on the chopping block
Bev Wigney on Annapolis Royal & Area – Environment & Ecology “There are several parcels on the HPMV that have a comment deadline of July 21 (today). I have just submitted the following comments…”

July 2, 2020
Why is the truth about pulp effluent being suppressed?
Post and discussion of letter to ed by Robin Wilber (Elmsdale Lumber) in CH July 2; on Woods and Waters Nova Scotia. “Last month, I was surprised to learn about a report commissioned by the government of Nova Scotia and conducted by Dalhousie’s top environmental professor, Tony Walker. The report looked at whether there were any impacts on the Northumberland Strait from the operation of the Northern Pulp mill for the last 50-plus years. The study concludes no negat…To continue reading, subscribe to The Chronicle Herald.” Some of the comments on WWNS: ” I never disagreed with the studies but the only problem is Boat Harbour was used to treat the effluent! There was no problem as long as the mill could use Boat Harbour! Now they cannot. These studies to justify opening the mill is not of any use except to confuse people and get support for reopening the mill and these studies add nothing to the discussion!”; “And they clearly did not check the dead zones, just outside Boat Harbour at the outflow & Pictou Harbour where the 2014 spill eventually ended up. The upside is that in time & stopping the polluting, nature heals itself. Especially in an ever-moving body of water like the Strait. There have been noticeable & remarkable improvements already – even in Boat Harbour since the effluent stopped pumping in there”

Wilf Creighton at a Dal lecture on Forestry in Oct 2006; he was 102!

June 29, 2020
Thoughts of Wilf Creighton
by John Wesley Chisholm on The Healthy Forest Coalition “This last day of social media has got me thinking about The Lands and Forests. When I was a kid the men at the Lands and Forest were my heroes. Heroes to all of us in Waverley..These men were led by a Forester named Wilf Creighton. Surely, one of the greatest Nova Scotians…In Wilf’s view, and that of the men who worked for him, the purpose of Lands and Forests was conserving and protecting all forests and timberlands, whether publicly or privately owned; and protecting, preserving and encouraging the natural increase of game and game fish, as well as their administration, utilization, protection and management, including access to and travel on them, habitats for the maintenance and protection of wildlife, harvesting and renewal of timber resources and forest recreation…What I didn’t understand at the time was that these men of the forests were a dying breed trying to protect a way of life that was under deep threat.”

June 29, 2020
Help Save North Mountain Mature Forest from Logging
Posted on Annapolis Royal & Area – Environment & Ecology “A handful of local North Mountain residents in Annapolis County concerned about clear cutting in NS could not stand by and watch another clear cut devastate our community and the wildlife that lives in it. Even as the road was being cut into this 50 acre lot, we decided we had to act. We approached the land owner with our request to purchase the land before the mature forest on it was removed. He agreed to give us the opportunity to save it.”

June 28, 2020
On tree grinders and rural roads
Discussion on Annapolis Royal & Area – Environment & Ecology, stimulated by Chronicle Herald Op-ed: MARILYN CAMERON: Tree grinders a blight on our beautiful roadways (June 24, 2020)

June 26, 2020
Diocesan Environment Network – Introduction to healthy forests (YouTube Video)
“An interview with Nina Newington of the Healthy Forest Coalition, who they are, their work, and healthy forests in Nova Scotia.”

June 25, 2020
Fires & Clearcuts
On Annapolis Royal & Area – Environment & Ecology

June 2, 2020
Habitat Degradation
DW on NatureNS listserv/Birding news “…Unfortunately other brooks running north from the north mountain to the Bay of Fundy have also died of siltation from careless disposal of water from unvegetated highway ditches. So we throw the book at anyone who is criminal enough to try to catch planted trout without a license, and sometimes use choppers to contain this crime, but pay government employees to destroy streams using earth moving equipment. This is a variation of an old theme– “We hang the man and flog the woman, who steals the Goose from off the Common. But let the greater criminal loose who steals the Common from the Goose.”

March 27 – May 21, 2020
Bird Song ID Project
Bev Wigney, on Annapolis Royal & Area – Environment & Ecology. BW is making these posts regularly as the various migrants arrive. They include descriptions of habit and habitats, links to ID features, songs. Below, I have dated only a few of the posts.
#1 Red-winged Blackbird, also view Barred Owl, #2 Song Sparrow, #3 American Robin, #4 White-throated Sparrow, #5 Northern Cardinal, #6 American Woodcock, #7 Ruffed Grouse, #8 Common Loon,  #9 Dark-eyed Junco, Apr 1, 2020: #10 Cedar Waxwing, #11 Black-capped Chickadee, #12 Morning Dove, #13 Eastern Phoebe.#14 White-breasted Nuthatch, #15 Tree Swallow, #16 Osprey, #17 Yellow-rumped Warbler, #18 Black-and-White Warbler, #19 Gray Catbird, #20 Winter Wren, #21 Palm Warbler, April 19 #22 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, #23 Belted Kingfisher, #24 Hermit Thrush, #25 Black-throated blue warbler, #26 Common Yellow-throat Warbler, #27 American Goldfinch, April 28, 2020: #28 Common Nighthawk, #29 Ovenbird, #30 Chestnut-sided Warbler, #31 Rose-breasted Grosbeak, #32 Yellow Warbler, #33 Northern Parula, #34 American Redstart; #35 May 5: Red-eyed Vireo, #36 Great Crested Flycatcher, #37 Blackburnian Warbler, #38 Baltimore Oriole, 39 # American Bittern, #40 Canada Warbler, #41 Bobolink, #42 Indigo Bunting, #43 Scarlet Tanager, May 15, 2020 #44 Barn Swallow, #45 Yellow-billed & Black-billed Cuckoo, #46 Great Crested Flycatcher, #46 Eastern Meadow Lark

May 26, 2020
On use of Volunteer Fire Departments to battle forest fires and time for foresters to get out of the woods so birds have a Silent Season while they nest
Bev Wigney on Annapolis Royal & Area – Environment & Ecology and posted to Iain Rankin MLA/Minister of Lands & Forestry Facebook Page (not yet showing) “We now know that the Springfield fire was started by malfunctioning logging equipment…Our VFDs have been busy responding to 7 wildfires in just 2 or 3 days. This is really not right that VFDs are having to do wildfire fighting — especially if it is being caused by logging activities. It’s time to get the loggers OUT of the forests — right away — before any of our VFD people are injured or worse. This is a GOOD TIME to do so as the migratory bird nesting season is in full swing and there shouldn’t be anyone cutting down forest right now anyhow.”

May 21, 2020
HFC Response to High Production Forestry Discussion Paper
Posted on Healthy Forest Coalition Public Facebook Page May 21, 2020 The document is Dated March 31, 2020

May 21, 2020
Medway Community Forest Co-op Spring Newsletter“..Last week we wrapped up our last harvest prior to initiating our silent season for migratory birds, which commences June 1, and are busy planning our priority summer projects… Instead of our regular summer workshops, we’re putting together two separate webinar series, bringing in some out-of-Province and local knowledge on topics relating to ecological forestry… Our negotiation committee has continued to meet with the Department of Lands and Forestry to work towards securing a long-term license agreement and building the parameters to support self-sufficiency… ” And More

May 20, 2020:
Mike & Debbie Hickey From the Woodlot
Twenty-four Youtube videos (as of May 20, 2020), 6-24 minutes each describing the operation of a family woodlot in N.B. a lot of it with reference to managing for climate change. A very nice intro for people not familiar with forestry practices, these ones smaller scale and ecologically oriented.

May 1, 2020
On pine plantations and buckthorn (invasive)
On Annapolis Royal & Area – Environment & Ecology. In the discussion of a post about platation forests, concerns are expressed that the HPF areas under the Triad could become conduits for invasive species. BW comments that “it is an invitation to European Buckthorn…At our farm [in Ontario], we had a shelterbelt of pine and the Red Squirrels were often in there. Buckthorn started coming up beneath the pine and at first I couldn’t figure out how that was happening. Then I started seeing Red Squirrels sitting in the Buckthorn of a hedgerow in the same general area and then I pretty much knew they were eating the pits from fruit and going back to the pine shelterbelt to hang out and seeding it with Buckthorn.”

Apr 29, 2020:
Where Oh Where is the Forest Management Guide?
People for Ecological Forestry in Southwest Nova Scotia.

Apr 24, 2020:
On biomass, Michael Moore etc
Nina Newington and other members of Extinction Revellion “Michael Moore is certainly provocative. Planet of the Humans has stirred up some interesting discussion (after we dragged ourselves out of the pit of despair). Here’s part of a comment some other members of Extinction Rebellion and I pulled together (with input from others.)

Apr 22, 2020:
From Medway Community Forest Co-op “We’re introducing a new video series this Earth Day, where we’ve showcased some of the steps we take to maintain ecological resilience and integrity in our harvest operations. This first video features our Executive Director and Forester, Mary Jane Rodger (that’s me!) marking trees for removal prior to executing an individual tree selection harvest in a tolerant hardwood stand.

Apr 21, 2020
Asking for thoughts on laminated timber
Mike Lancaster on the Healthy Forest Coalition Facebook page

Apr 16, 2020:
How much Crown land should be in HPF, Ecological Forestry Matrix?
Discussion on People for Ecological Forestry in Southwest Nova Scotia.

Apr 13, 2020:

Apr 13, 2011:
Nova Scotia Forestry protests are happening along Barrington St today (Apr 13, 2011)

Apr 3, 2020

Northern Coral lichen, photo by Mike Lancaster

Northern Coral Lichen on old growth forests in our proposed Ingram River Wilderness Area
Mike Lancaster on The Healthy Forest Coalition “Feel good-ies of the day: Northern Coral lichen – Sphaerophorus globosus in old growth forests in our proposed Ingram River Wilderness Area.

“N. Coral is my favourite lichen species. If you find it it is almost a guarantee that the forest is old growth – I’m yet to core a tree that’s under 125 with it present. As such, I believe it is essential that inventories for this species, as well as that of other old forest indicators, MUST be included the assessment and designation of “old growth” forest in Nova Scotia. Currently, no lichen inventories are required for that process.

“Their beautifully intricate clusters are generally found in coniferous forests but I have heard tell of them being found on deciduous trees as well.”

Mar 30, 2020

Mar 29, 2020
Some back and forth with J.D. Irving
Jason Limongelli, VP at J.D. Irving, responded to a post on People for Ecological Forestry in Southwest Nova Scotia – “When you think of JD Irving, New Brunswick – what pops into your mind?”; the VP gave a lengthy, respectful response and said “I am right here and happy to go to the woods with you anytime you like.”

Mar 19, 2020
Neal Livingston on Cabot Links
On Save Little Harbour/Owls Head Nova Scotia From Becoming Golf Courses “I have been intending to write something about problems we have had with the golf courses in Inverness…-Cabot got about 190 acres of beach front in Inverness for $1.00…Cabot failed to open beach access, as they were required when a road to the beach was closed…golf courses in Nova Scotia are except form needing permits and can use anything they want that is legal to use in Canada…”

Mar 17, 2020:
Something to think about
People for Ecological Forestry in Southwest Nova Scotia on Woods and Waters Nova Scotia
A chronology of land buyouts, Westfor etc in SW Nova Scotia. The “Welfare Industry”.

Mar 14, 2020:
NS High Production Forestry Briefing Note for Dr. Trappenburg
Uploaded by Addie R Campaigne to Stop Spraying & Clear-Cutting Nova Scotia

Feb 15, 2020
An example of how our mixed forests are changing (and disappearing) right before our eyes
People for Ecological Forestry in Southwest Nova Scotia. And more mistakes at L&F

Jan 31, 2020
Reflecting on how it once was…and it worked for us
People for Ecological Forestry in Southwest Nova Scotia “I feel – and many of us do feel this way here in Shelburne County…that when these large cuts happen, and we see the forest being cut and trucked, there is a gut feeling of violation and disrespect. It’s not that we feel that it is ours…but there is a feeling that it could be done so much better with a local vibe to it…It hurts the soul.
It hurts the forest. It harms migratory birds. It doesn’t feel good.”

Jan 31, 2020
New website launched mid-January, 2020

Jan 26, 2020
When NP lost their social license

Dave Gunning on Clean up the Pictou County Pulp Mill (Public Facebook Group)
Click on image at left for full story if no access to Facebook. An important reminder. Where were the voices of Big Forestry then – the ones that we hear so loudly now that The Mill is closed?

SL on Save Little Harbour/Owls Head Nova Scotia From Becoming A Golf Course: Okay, I took my time and put together a map showing the properties already owned by G. S. Beckwith Gilbert in Little Harbour. The land with the lighthouse owned by Transport Canada is the land the provincial government is in negotiations with the Federal government on behalf of Lighthouse Links Development Company owned by Gilbert. Of course, there is our precious Owls Head Provincial Park that this government wants to sell to Lighthouse Links Development Company owned by Gilbert. I have put a red dot by all the properties that G. S. Beckwith Gilbert has already purchased in Little Harbour. There are 21 all together. I note a piece of land in orange, a pending sale and a piece of land in blue for sale.

Jan 25, 2020
SL on allowing the world to become whole again
On Save Little Harbour/Owls Head Nova Scotia From Becoming A Golf Course (Public Facebook Group). SL cites a poem by an anonymous author: “I want to help build little pieces of peaceful prosperity and watch then spread like dandelions…We do have to give up our luxuries, in order to have World Peace… Put down your smartphone and talk to someone…And let us let the world become whole again… So that the Children of Children May Know World Peace…” Can’t access FB? read full text here

Jan 22, 2020
Greg Watson, two videos on forest management for sawmills, post-The Mill
On Healthy Forest Coalition Facebook page. GW is with North Nova Forestry (Forest Management Co-op)

Jan 21, 2019
BW comments on proposed harvest of Birch Hill Forest in Annapolis Co.
On Annapolis Royal & Area – Environment & Ecology. (No access to Facebook? The full text is also available here) “COMMENTS FOR PARCEL AP068166A
ONE:: – According to the Habitat Conservation Strategy for Southwest Nova Scotia (SWNS) Conservation Value Index (CVI) the largest part of this stand has a CVI ranking of “HIGH”…TWO:: – What is the point of this “shelterwood” harvest prescription? A shelterwood is generally used to help establish a young forest. This ALREADY IS an established hardwood forest – predominantly SUGAR MAPLE…THREE:: – We’ve been out to see this forest – the hardwood all seem PERFECTLY FINE – they are doing well, but are too immature to harvest for lumber….FOUR: – This healthy, young hardwood stand, located high on a hill, overlooks many hectares of former forest which has all been hacked down in previous clear cuts. Is the goal of this harvest to remove the LAST VESTIGES OF RECOGNIZABLE FOREST between Bridgetown and Roxbury…FIVE:: – With so much hardwood having been SCALPED off of the Crown land forests in our area, we are running low on proper habitat for so many of the bird species that nest in shade tolerant hardwood forests. Further, a forest like this, located high on a hill in the midst of a SEA OF CLEAR CUTS – is just the kind of forest that provides extremely valuable nesting trees for raptors…SIX: – Removing the bulk of trees off the top of a high hill will create soil erosion and also send more water flowing down off of the South Mountain into the Annapolis Valley and River…” In the comments section, observations of the highly invasive glossy buckthorn growing up in clearcuts are noted and discussed.

Concerns over proposed cuts close to Tobeatic
People for Ecological Forestry in Southwest Nova Scotia.” VERY VERY DISTURBING.>>>RED MARKS ON THE PURPLE AND GREEN Jan 19, 2020ARE OLD FOREST/MULTI-AGED FORESTS/MATURE FORESTS – THAT WESTFOR AND THE DEPARTMENT ARE PROPOSING TO CUT DOWN ON CROWN LAND NEAR THE TOBEATIC WILDERNESS AREA. Because the proposed cuts near the Tobeatic are so remote – with no roads – and few people have visited the area – we ONLY HAVE MAPS to learn from to make comment to the Department in their FAKE consultation process.What we know so far? MARKED IN RED: WestFor Management Inc. with the blessing of the Department of Lands and Forestry – are proposing to cut down 80% of several plots Multi-aged OLD FOREST (in purple) and MATURE FOREST. Would it be possible that some of this area is OLD GROWTH? Certainly. We are also VERY CONCERNED about the Department OPENING UP THIS AREA WITH ROAD CONSTRUCTION FOR LOGGING. Without PROPER BIOLOGY SURVEYS – what animals live in this secluded area? The Endanger Mainland Moose? Has anyone traveled back there to evaluate species at risk?…”

Jan 13, 2020
On Annapolis Royal & Area – Environment & Ecology, referencing post by Caitlin Grady on Save Little Harbour/Owls Head Nova Scotia From Becoming A Golf Course

Jan 5, 2020

Owls Head

Jan 5, 2020
Save Little Harbour/Owls Head Nova Scotia From Becoming A Golf Course
Public Facebook Group for Dec 19, 2020. “Lands and Forestry Minister Iain Rankin said the government was comfortable removing the designation (legal protection) because the land isn’t a priority for legal protection. He didn’t ask the residents how they felt. The people who want to buy the land hired a former Liberal cabinet minister Michel Samson to lobby on their behalf. Something smells fishy here and it is not the fish.”

Jan 5, 2020
Clearcutting will eventually bring flooding, plain and simple
Brad S. on Annapolis Royal & Area – Environment & Ecology, citing this CBC story: ‘We’re going to see more of this’: Spring flooding in B.C. may be worsened by logging practices, Jon Hernandez – CBC News Jan 4, 2020

Jan 3, 2020
Sue ES on Annapolis Royal & Area – Environment & Ecology – new Crown Land harvest Plans
“Wow, they aren’t slowing down they are building up. 690 MORE hectares slated for demolition and some of them only have 10 days for comments. 190 more hectares here in Annapolis County.”

Jan 2, 2020
WWNS discussion of CH story
Beswick: Northern Pulp fallout continues (Chronicle Herald, Jan 1, 2020). From that article: “The drop in stumpage prices paid for studwood and the lack of a market for pulpwood has caused Tupper to put a hold on progressive forest management programs like commercial thinnings on the 18,000 hectares managed by Athol. The numbers on the type of ecological forestry advocated by the Lahey Report and which the Department of Lands and Forestry has been working toward implementing, don’t add up anymore. “A clearcut or something closely resembling a clearcut is now the only type of harvest that’s really viable because they will need to take the best material out of each stand to make it viable,” said Tupper. “I think people are thinking that the pulp mill going is good because there will be less forest harvesting. They will actually see less of the stand improvement work that the public wants to see.”

Jan 1, 2020
Information Gathering
BW on Annapolis Royal & Area – Environment & Ecology On work options concerning the thousands of displaced workers in the forestry industry.

Dec 26, 2019
Take back the Forest Day-2019
Annapolis Royal & Area – Environment & Ecology . “This afternoon, more than 30 (mostly) Annapolis County residents, visited OUR forest at Corbett-Dalhousie Lake peninsula.” For some context, view Nova Scotia Old Growth Ground Zero”

Dec 24, 2019
The Dishonourable Honourables
by One Not So Bored Housewife (blog) “Why are we cutting down our protected areas, right before we protect them?…” The piece is a review of the inaction since the Lahey Report.

Dec 23, 2019
People for Ecological Forestry

Dec 22, 2019
…here in Annapolis County. If you’re feeling like a nice walk in the woods after all the Christmas festivities, make your way to Corbett-Dalhousie Lake Forest on BOXING DAY (Dec. 26) to celebrate in our community’s wonderful, peaceful forest!! On Annapolis Royal & Area – Environment & Ecology

Dec 14, 2019
Letter from Bob Bancroft and Donna Crossland to Shelburne Municipal Council Dec. 3, 2019
On People for Ecological Forestry in Southwest Nova Scotia, also available here.

Nov 15, 2019
Norway to tax net pens out of the ocean…
Post by B.B. On Save the Bay of Fundy Heritage “Norway to tax net pens out of the ocean with a new 40% environmental damages tax (like they have on oil) disguised as a “rent tax”. Land based licenses are free while net pen licenses are 10-30 million Canadian each! Norway wants the pens GONE! Billionaires react. Link to news Item: Salmon billionaire launches full scale attack at resource rent tax proposal LOL (Sometimes its difficult to obtain a link to the precise post, notably when that post begins with a link as in this case)

Nov 14, 2019:
Dale Smith: Why Nova Scotia desperately needs a land ethic
Dale Smith in Chronicle Herald: it’s viewable on WWNS
Comments also on Annapolis Royal & Area – Environment & Ecology(Sometimes its difficult to obtain a link to the precise post, notably when that post begins with a link as in this case)

Nov 12, 2019:

Sugar Maple cut in Cumberland Co. NS and SW Nova Scotia going to N.B.?
On Woods and Waters NS. ‘Needs to be confirmed (or not)… I wonder about poss. movement of Hemlock Wooly Adelgid from SW Nova Scotia via such shipments

Nov 5, 2019
Chief Andrea Paul: Confirmation government has no intention to extend Boat Harbour deadline
on Chief Andrea’s Information Page

Oct 31, 2019.
& More Clearcuts

“This was taken of the recent clear cut on the Hampton Mtn. Rd. 46 + acres gone in about 10 days. There is a further 79 acres just sold next to this lot, not holding out much hope for this. Also people who burn wood should start asking if it being sustainably harvested.” RW on Annapolis Royal & Area – Environment & Ecology Oct 31, 2019. view video

Oct 28, 2019:
More clear cuts
& “where is Stephen?” NN on Annapolis Royal & Area – Environment & Ecology

Oct 27, 2019
“I am not good with words or writing petitions but as an artist I wanted to do my part and make people aware of what’s going on in our forests and that it needs to change. Thank you all for fighting for our environment. Here is my newest piece “Unsalvageable” inspired by you.” – Moni Duersch on Clean up the Pictou County Pulp Mill

Oct 18, 2019
On a Roll for the Wild Atlantic Salmon and the Fisheries Act
Sonja Wood on Official page for Treaty Truckhouse against Alton Gas. On Sonja’s remarkable wheelchair journey for the Atlantic salmon – and the underwhelming reception in Ottawa so far.

Joan Baxter photo

Oct 15, 2019
Joan Baxter: What do we have to show for 3 gold rushes in Nova Scotia?
On WWNS. “Answer: Vast areas contaminated by arsenic and mercury in 64 gold districts” (with photo of sign showing arsenic advisory)

Oct 14, 2019
On Keddy: Don’t move to the country to build your dream home
Comments by Bev W and others on an op-ed by wetland ecology and conservation biologist Paul Keddy in the Ottawa Citizen

Oct 12, 2019
Woods and Waters 3 years on
“It is hard to believe that nearly three years have elapsed since I jumped into the deep end of social media and launched Woods and Waters Nova Scotia with the accompanying photo of massive clearcuts at Indian Lake Halifax County…In closing I believe it is important to reiterate every so often the purpose of Woods and Waters Nova Scotia in order to maintain focus. The intent is not anti-government, nor anti-industry, nor anti-forestry, nor anti-employment, nor anti-anything. Quite the opposite. W&WNS is about accountability and transparency. It is about good practices and management. It is about sustainable use not unfettered abuse. It is about common sense trumping (sorry) dollars and cents. It is about cleaning up the present and protecting the future, not just ours but generations to come. May the forest be with you and yours.”

Oct 8, 2019
What is ecological about leaving 10% of a forest Premier McNeil?
on People for Ecological Forestry in Southwest Nova Scotia.

Mixed Messages

Oct 7, 2019
Concerns about clearcuts in Pockwock Watershed
On Woods and Waters Nova Scotia Oct 6, 2019

Sep 7, 2019
North Nova Forest owners Co-op: Horse logging
Photos of “Horse logging this week in Balmoral on a side hill that’s inoperable for the harvester crew”

July 23, 2019
Bev Wigney on the amendments to the Migratory Birds Convention Act
On Annapolis Royal & Area – Environment & Ecology. ” To me, it seems to indicate that, outside of nesting season, one could destroy a nest so long as no live bird or viable egg was present — but we already know how poorly the vital nesting and rearing (breeding) period (to use their words), is being honoured and enforced….”

July 15, 2019

On People for Ecological Forestry in Southwest Nova Scotia. Also view this earlier post with more info about the site.

July 11, 2019
Bev Wigney on Annapolis Royal & Area – Environment & Ecology
What does it take to protect an animal?
Char Dorey on Annapolis Royal & Area – Environment & Ecology cites a 1981 article on NS L&F website. It begins:
“A law written on a piece of paper make s it illegal to kill red-eyed vireos. Yet a bull dozer, legally pushing its way through the forest to build a new road, crushes a tree, and four fledgling vireos that would have been able to fly within a week are lost in the pile of earth and twisted roots.” Article by Tony Duke December 1981 NS Lands and Forests. Writes Char “Where the Corbett-Dalhousie parcel is concerned, it would be prudent for Mr. Rankin to follow the advice of Tony Duke in 1981, found in an article posted on their own website, to better avoid looking like a bunch of hypocrites.”

July 1, 2019
Joys of Canada when the neighbouring forest is being cut
Sue ES on Annapolis Royal & Area – Environment & Ecology

Cheryl Stone Photo

June 29, 2019
Downed nests found after powerline cuts
Cheryl Stone on Annapolis Royal & Area – Environment & Ecology

June 28, 2019
Clearcut on North Mountain along Hampton Mountain Rd
Nina Newington on Annapolis Royal & Area – Environment & Ecology. “Cutting started on Monday, June 24th. It’s nesting season and, although the Forest Technician, Steve Ward, claimed to have heard no birds at all when he was surveying the property…This cut is on private land, land purchased less than a year ago. The landowner specifically asked that the land be clearcut. By law, that is his right. It is our right to stand up and say this is wrong. Clearcutting forests has to stop.”

Bev Wigney on on Annapolis Royal & Area – Environment & Ecology.”I would also like to know who the “stakeholders” are. I think the public are just as much stakeholders as anyone… Some of us are being subjected to 24/7 noise and even soccer-field type lighting from huge operations around us. There are bears with cubs that have actually moved into people’s yards around here (seriously – i am not making this up — we have tons of photos now). We have roads being torn to pieces around here, and mud flows going out across roads. We have an organic farm that was recently inundated with muck and water flowing downhill from a clearcut into their land and small lake…it is “high time” that the public be considered right up front as the PRIMARY STAKEHOLDER at the table.

WestFor begins new logging on Corbett-Dalhousie Lake Forest on June 9, 2019

Scheduled for June 15, 2019:
Walk in the Corbett-Dalhousie Lake Forest
Extinction Rebellion public eventJune 2, 2019:
Bev Wigney on Annapolis Royal & Area – Environment & Ecology. “Wherein I turn a critical eye on “how things were done” on the harvested part of the hardwood parcel at Corbett-Dalhousie Lake Forest.” Also, another post June 2: This is how the soil looks all through the ripped up extraction roads. June 3: WHAT CAN YOU DO FOR CORBETT-DALHOUSIE LAKE FOREST ?. June 4: Sign outlining Westfor’s intentions…. June 5: TO DO LIST FOR TODAY… Two expert birders were on that site last week and it is FULL of migratory birds (comment from one: “There were many neotropical migrants singing in this forest, already on territory last week.” Disturbing the forest right now is in direct conflict with the Migratory Birds Convention Act.

From Bev Wigney’s Rant on Forest Roads

May 26, 2019:
FOREST ROADS (Sunday morning rant)
Bev Wigney on ‎Annapolis Royal & Area – Environment & Ecology

May 20, 2019:
Why is that we the people have to continually monitor the actions of L&F when it comes to harvesting the forests of this province?
Post on WWNS

May 10, 2019:
Video illustrating lack of protection of small watercourse by logging op. on Crown land
On People for Ecological Forestry in Southwest Nova Scotia. It is noted that “The Wildlife Habitat and Watercourses Protection Regulations state:
Protection of watercourse less than 50 cm wide
Where the average width of a watercourse situated on or adjacent to forest land on which a forestry operation is carried on is less than 50 cm, no forestry operator shall permit the use of, use or operate a vehicle for forestry operations within 5 m of the watercourse, except for the purpose of watercourse crossings approved by the Department of Environment.” Location: “Marker 165 along the 103 not far from the 3rd exit to Liverpool going towards Halifax on the left hand side of the road about 100-200 feet off the road with Crown land stake on the left as you go in.”

Don’t Cut!

May 6, 2019:
Update on Corbett-Dalhousie Lake Forest
Bev Wigney on Annapolis Royal & Area – Environment & Ecology. Petition launched 3 days ago has >700 signatures. Group documents ages of cut trees, put caution tape around trees that they DO NOT want to see removed, record locations on iNaturalist.

May 5, 2019:
Is forested land being clearcut and then let go for taxes?
Question raised on Annapolis Royal & Area – Environment & Ecology

May 1, 2019
Species at Risk
Blog post by Zack Metcalfe. On legislation related to SAR in Maritimes & Federally, Ecojustice, Juniper Law and the current lawsuit “against Nova Scotia’s Department of Lands and Forestry for failing to uphold the province’s Endangered Species Act.”

Apr 23, 2019
We plan to block this 387 acre clear-cut in Allendale, Shelburne County
On Stop Spraying & Clear-Cutting In Nova Scotia

Photo by Karen Smith.
View Clear cutting around our property from last year. “Much, much more going on around us this year.”

April 22, 2019
Clear cutting around our property from last year
Photos and Coments on WWNS. “Much, much more going on around us this year.”

April 21, 2019:
Rotting Wood
On Annapolis Royal & Area – Environment & Ecology

April 17, 2019:
Hemlock Wooly Adelgid possibly in Hants Co.
“I just checked on iNaturalist and feel very sad to see that someone has just posted that they observed HWA in Hants County – about 2 weeks ago. Here’s a screen grab of the map of NS with the observed sites that have been posted onto iNaturalist. I know there are many more in the southern part of the province, but I guess we’re going to be seeing it in forests further north this summer. Makes me so sad for the Hemlock we are going to lose. :(” – Bev Wigney on Annapolis Royal & Area – Environment & Ecology, referencing HWA Phenology. View iNaturalist post

April 10, 2019:
Shelly Hipson on Stop Spraying & Clear-Cutting In Nova Scotia. “The Department of Lands and Forestry has approved a 387 ACRE CLEAR-CUT in Allendale, Shelburne County, in a CANADIAN IMPORTANT BIRD AND BIODIVERSITY AREA.(IBA)”

April 8, 2019
Discussion of HPMV
Annapolis Royal & Area – Environment & Ecology

Apr 5, 2019:
Discussion of Info A.M. interviews related to the Harvest Plan Map Viewer
On Healthy Forest Coalition. Minister Rankin joins the conversation.

Apr 4, 2019:
Minister Rankin’s response to concerns about clearcutting impacts on spread of Lyme disease
Sydnee McKay on Stop Spraying & Clear-Cutting In Nova Scotia

Truck sighted in Queens Co. yesterday (Mar 26, 2019) by J.D. “When WestFor is cutting they are supposed to leave 4 inch diameter crowns when cutting Spruce and Fir and 5 inch crowns when cutting Pine. I’d say 50% of this wood doesn’t make that grade.” It could have been from private land, regardless, it illustrates people are watching and concerned no matter where it comes from.

Mar 29, 2019:
NP’s ultimatum
On WWNS. “If we do not get an extension…that will mean we shut down”.

Mar 26, 2019:
Logging of Crown land in the area of Wagner Lake still fraying nerves, reveals L&F do not consult Breeding Bird Atlas
Shelly Hipson and Bev Wigney On the Healthy Forest Coalition FB page
Latest Harvest announcement, many words/phrases replace “clearcut”
Shelly Hipson on Stop Spraying & Clear-Cutting In Nova Scotia
Hundreds of thousands of DISEASED Red Pine were planted years ago in Shelburne County as part of a provincial silvilculture program.
On People for Ecological Forestry in Southwest Nova Scotia.
Another discussion thread on Stop Spraying & Clear-Cutting In Nova Scotia

Mar 20, 2019:
NP/L&F cutting on Deer Wintering Area, owl, martin and moose habitat
Markus Kehoe on Hants County and Beyond
On Annapolis Royal & Area – Environment & Ecology
Celebrating Biodiversity: Spotted Salamanders
On Annapolis Royal & Area – Environment & Ecology
Confusion about what’s on the HPMV and what’s not
On People for Ecological Forestry in Southwest Nova Scotia.

Mar 9, 2019:
We have learned that there are Harvest Operating Maps that feature harvests in each county for the NEXT FIVE YEARS…but
Shelly Hipson on Stop Spraying & Clear-Cutting In Nova Scotia

Mar 7, 2019
Medway Community Forest Co-op – an amazing group of women
“At the MCFC we’re lucky enough to have an amazing group of women involved in a field traditionally dominated by men. Unfortunately we’re still overcoming gender bias in forestry, with the majority of our circles lacking equal representation in gender, as well as age and diversity. Our Board is largely comprised of women, and we’re constantly looking for opportunities to encourage women to become involved in, or pick a career in forest management. We support all women in underrepresented occupations and stand in solidarity as they fight bias and find their voice. Happy International Women’s Day!”

Mar 1, 2019:
Community Forests Shelbourne Co. Letter to Minister Rankin

Feb 23, 2019:
Port Hawkesbury Paper almost ran out of wood this winter
On Woods and Waters Nova Scotia

Feb 22, 2019:
on Clean up the Pictou County Pulp Mill “In the EA, Northern Pulp used the Tasmania Pulp mill for comparison for part of the Human Health Evaluation…It is important to note the Tasmania mill DID NOT open and faced many environmental challenges in court”
Discussion of glyphosate use on wild blueberries
Sydnee McKay on Stop Spraying & Clear-Cutting In Nova Scotia

Feb 18, 2019:
Discussion of harvest terminology on HFC

Feb 16, 2019:
On Annapolis Royal & Area – Environment & Ecology

Feb 11, 2019:
“Clear-Cut” removed from HPMV
Post on Ecological Forestry in Southwest Nova.

So what’s going on here folks? asks Ecological Forestry in Southwest Nova.

Feb 6, 2019:
Discussion on HFC of soil acidification, Minister Rankin joins in response to ‘we need to know’
DGP: “Specifically, we need to know what’s happening in regard to Conclusions #161,2, 3 in the Lahey Report…”
IR: “the recommendation on the evaluation was accepted, as per our response. It is being lead by Prof Lahey himself and staff have recently met with him to go over what the framework for evaluation will look like. I have discussed how we can provide regular updates with staff this morning. We have teams already assembled for the priority items.”

Feb 2, 2019
Look who Tops the List
Barry Randle on Clean up the Pictou County Pulp Mill

Feb 1, 2019

Some Market Research
Initiated by Frank Higgins on HFC/ If 2” dimensional lumber(2×6, 2×8, 2×10, 2×12) prices averaged $1000/thousand board feet at retail stores, what does everyone think a fair price would be for a contractor to charge if they came to your woodlot, selectively harvested small amounts of quality timber with a chainsaw, skidded the logs with a horse and milled the lumber on site with a portable saw mill? $600/thousand? $800/thousand? Any thoughts would be appreciated.”

Discussion of Harvest Plan Map Viewer Transparency
On Stop Spraying & Clear-Cutting In Nova Scotia. Related post on NSFN: Nova Scotia Forestry Maps removing “harvest plans that are no longer open to comments” (Jan 31, 2019). Also: Letter from ML, re Map Viewer (Jan 31, 2019, on HFC)

Is WestFor Management Inc and their 13 shareholders, and the Department of Lands and Forestry THAT DESPERATE to provide “Fibre” that they have to CUT TREES in the MIDDLE OF TWO PROTECTED AREAS?
ON Ecological Forestry in Southwest Nova.

Shelly Hipson Video in a recent WestFor clearcut
On Stop Spraying & Clear-Cutting In Nova Scotia No narration necessary. View also Shelly’s Lament, her not so silent anguish. “Some would surely think I was mad…for feeling this much pain for a forest. Some days I wish I would not feel so deeply…”

Jan 31, 2019
Discussion of “Canada’s climate gap widens yet again on” HFC
Initial post by Joan Morrison

Responses to changes in the HPMV

Jan 30, 2019
NP to hold PR event “on the VERY same day that PLFN is having their sacred event to count down the last year of this terrible injustice”
DG on Clean up the Pictou County Pulp Mill View also this post from the moderator.

Jan 27, 2019
Shelly Hipson: We want Freeman Lumber to be a part of the solution
“Freeman Lumber, who are shareholders of WestFor Management Inc., and have a license with the Province of Nova Scotia – gave a tour to our Progressive Conservative MLA Kim Masland for Queens – Shelburne. The majority of approved harvests are clear-cuts. We want Freeman Lumber to be a part of the solution, and do ecological forestry on ALL LAND. Post on HFC

On Turner Woodlot. HFC photo

Jan 24, 2019:
– HFC tour of woodlot owned by J.A. Turner and Sons Ltd. of West Northfield
With photos. On The Healthy Forest Coalition

Jan 23, 2019:
“This is a follow-up email which I’ve sent to Annapolis County Warden, Timothy Habinski, and Councillor Gregory Heming..”
On Annapolis Royal & Area – Environment & Ecology

NSWOOA Discussion of CBC story Woodlot Owners look to Lahey report as ‘road’ not roadblock to prosperity
On NSWWOA Facebook page.

Jan 21, 2019:
– On Forest Biomass, discussion stimulated by ‘Burned’
On Ecological Forestry in Southwest Nova.

Mourning Nature by Maria P
“And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul” – John Muir
“We might not find our souls much longer” – Richard Gordan Armstrong

Jan 20, 2019:
Initiated by Bev Wigney on Annapolis Royal & Area – Environment & Ecology

Jan 19, 2019:
We might not find our souls much longer!.
Richard Gordan Armstrong shared a post On Stop Spraying & Clear-Cutting In Nova Scotia, post shared was on Ancient Forests & Champion Trees

Terri Vernon initiated post On Birding as a multi-million $ Industry (On Annapolis Royal & Area – Environment & Ecology)

Jan 18, 2019:
Info Request:
Re Lahey small scale irregular shelterwood… What type of equipment would work well for this treatment? Smaller Harvester, wheels or threads? Head? On HFC. Early Response from Mary Jane Rodger of The Medway Community Forest Co-op, others join the discussion.

Jan 17, 2019:
Bev Wigney-initiated discussion
NEWS!! NEWS!! NEWS!! CORBETT-DALHOUSIE LAKE FOREST While this isn’t what I would call cause for rejoicing, it is a somewhat hopeful development…

Jan 16, 2019:
Ken Burrows-initiated discussion related to the Old Forest Policy Layer; Minister Rankin joins in
On Healthy Forest Coalition. Results in Constructive discussion with the Minister: “Iain Rankin to David Graham Patriquin: fair comments on the smaller than polygon potential ‘old growth’. I will discuss with staff and have them reach out to the licence holder about their plans for harvesting and retention areas.”

Bev Wigney regarding “Old Growth” stands and how the current industrial harvest system prevents them from existing or developing in multi-aged stands.
& a related Re-Post
On Annapolis Royal & Area – Environment & Ecology

Adam Forest on DNR Land Purchase
“Two years ago DNR bought a hundred +acer wood lot from a private land owner who had just finished clear cutting it.. Within months westfor is driving across it to access the crown land next to it. Westfor lease says westfor must make it’s own deals to cross private land. I called dnr to ask why are tax dollars were used to buy another cunk of clercut ?The answer I got dnr bought the land to improve access to crown and only coincidentally did westfor need to cross this lot. This is totally unfair to the tax payers and other contractors”. On Healthy Forest Coalition.

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