Is Nova Scotia Lands & Forestry recycling proposed Crown land harvests that were previously rejected? 4May2021

From Bev Wigney To Forestry Maps, May 4, 2021:

Why are these parcels (#AP068726 and #AP0998) up for approval again?

These parcels were removed in 2014 after the community of Annapolis Royal spent several months having them removed – although apparently someone did go in and chop down a shelterwood cut on the south parcel after people were told it wouldn’t be harvested.
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Nova Scotia Government seeks “Corporate Strategist” to join Clean Growth Division of Energy & Mines for one year 1May2021

From the posting on https://jobs.novascotia.ca/

Competition # : 30112
Department: Energy and Mines
Location: HALIFAX
Type of Employment: Term
Union Status: Exclusion – Non Union – NSPG

Closing Date: 5/12/2021
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Nova Scotia Premier Rankin off-base on Protected Area stats 25Apr2021

Said Rankin “Nova Scotia has protected more provincial Crown land than other jurisdictions in Canada”. According to federal 2020 stats, we trail Alberta, British Columbia, NWT and Quebec.

Screen capture from the News Release

According to Premier Rankin,

Nova Scotia has protected more provincial Crown land than other jurisdictions in Canada
NS Government News Release announcing the government’s intention to “designate 61 more wilderness areas, nature reserves and provincial parks”, Apr 22, 2021.

Here is a screen capture of latest numbers from the Canadian Protected and Conserved Areas Database:
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Thoughts on Earth Day 22Apr2021

For a while, this scene has been in my mind, but especially today.

I like to spend some time at this site at Nova Scotia’s Five Islands Provincial Park at least once a year. It is surely one of the most spectacular sites in Nova Scotia. It is also humbling.

The exposure records the Triassic/Jurassic boundary  (whitish layer) of 201 million years ago. It coincides with the 4th Mass Extinction Event of 5 major extinction events that occurred after the the Cambrian Radiation. The Triassic/Jurassic extinctions were associated with environmental impacts of a massive lava flow, recorded in the dark basalts above the whitish layer. Continue reading

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Finally, word of a Progress Report from Prof. Lahey on Nova Scotia’s effort to shift to ecological forestry 14Apr2021

The report was scheduled initially for spring of 2020; one might say ‘Better Late than Never’, but in this case that will depend very much on the content of Prof. Lahey’s Progress Report and on whether Forest NS and allies are able to thwart any action on what they don’t like about it.

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Progress report on N.S.’s effort to shift to ecological forestry expected in June
Michael Gorman · CBC News,  Apr 14, 2021 “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.”

As originally scheduled, there was to be “A one-year assessment of the Province’s progress” in early 2020, and “A longer-term framework to guide the preparation of on-going evaluations to assess progress towards achieving the ecological model of forestry management in Nova Scotia as envisioned in the Review” by the spring of 2020. View Evaluation of the Implementation of the Ecological Forestry Model (document dated 2019-12-12, accessed today on L&F’s Ecological Forestry page). Continue reading

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What’s the earliest flowering native plant in Nova Scotia? The quest continues 6Apr2021

In an effort to answer the question, Bob Guscott went to the one place where he could find the two candidates – Eastern Dwarf Mistletoe and Skunk Cabbage – close together

Eastern Dwarf Mistletoe (left) and Skunk cabbage (right)  were both in flower on the Balancing Rock trail on March 30, 2021. Photos by Bob Guscott
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Highlighting: “Migrant Songs Of Spring” 5Apr2021

Migrant Songs Of Spring
Article by Scott Leslie in the current issue (April/May 2021) of Saltscapes Magazine, available as a sample.

He describes with photos and text the “beautiful vagabonds” singing their songs as they rejoice in another Atlantic Spring, but are in turn challenged by logging operations during breeding season – up to 160,000 nests now being destroyed each season in Nova Scotia.

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Nova Scotia Forest Notes taking a break 25 Mar 2021

Spring and remnants of the Natural World in Nova Scotia  beckon; we need to learn from those remnants while they are still with us.

‘I expect NSFN to re-emerge with a different focus.

‘Dunno when.

For the time being, the current content (June 21, 2016 to Mar 25, 2021)  will remain posted; it  is also  archived on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.

Mar 29, 2021: I am providing some ‘In the News’ Updates in these two posts:

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Mar. 29, 2021 – Law Amendments Committee Proceedings

Lindsay Lee talks to Law Amendments Committee

 


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Five Big Victories of Big Forestry versus the ‘Biodiversity Lobby’ in Nova Scotia, one pending 25Mar2021

NSDNR Minister MacDonell at rally in 2010: “There’s gonna be a reduction in clearcutting in Nova Scotia.” View video

Big Forestry has managed to get a taboo on regulating just about anything on private lands in Nova Scotia and to continue to get what it wants from our Crown (public) lands while degrading their ecological and social value. It illustrates Big Forestry’s remarkable clout, given that Forest Products-related GDP amounted to only 0.9% of Nova Scotia GDP in 2018. The rest of us, and the natural world in Nova Scotia, are paying for it.

Victory #1 A taboo on any regulation of clearcutting on private land
2010: Natural Resources Strategy Recommends 50% reduction in clearcutting on Crown and Private lands; DNR Minister Macdonell promises to follow through.
2011: Big Forestry’s first Big Win of the decade with NDP Premier Dexter’s transfer of Minister MacDonell out of DNR (to Agriculture) in early 2011.
2018: Taboo reasserted by Lahey 2018
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Rankin Government: “No plans to bring an interim moratorium while they work on implementing Lahey” – CBC 17Mar2021

UPDATES
Why we need a clearcutting moratorium – a brief history lesson
David Patriquin in the Nova Scotia Advocate, Apr 4, 2021
Forest Nova Scotia & the 6 to 1 Fillmore Slam Dunk (video)
The Naturalist, Apr 2, 2021
Province House round-up: Rankin defends resource policies
Jennifer Henderson in the Halifax Examiner Mar 31, 2021. Said Rankin in an interview: “The report does not ask for a moratorium on clearcutting, nor does it actually recommend eliminating clearcutting. So I think that for those that are really interested in evolving to ecological forestry, they should read the report and they should go over the different aspects that actually allow us to get to ecological forestry by working together and by sustaining the industry in the long run.”
Crowds gather across Nova Scotia to protest changes to Biodiversity Act
Michael Gorman · CBC News Mar 30, 2021
This just in: Jacob arrested late this afternoon following a sit-in at the Department of Lands and Forestry in Halifax.
Larry Powell, post on Annapolis Royal & Area – Environment & Ecology (public Facebook Group) circa 4 pm Mar 30, 2021: “Jacob has been arrested late this afternoon following a sit-in at the Department of Lands and Forestry in Halifax…He ended the hunger strike today but our own Nina Newington and many others from Extinction Rebellion took up Jacob’s cause today by occupying Lands and Forestry offices across the province.”

Halifax, Mar 30, 2021. I was asked to talk; view my speaker notes

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