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. Continue reading →
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Thx to Bev Wigney for highlighting this article in a post on Annapolis Royal & Area – Environment & Ecology, shared from a post on facebook by DC Continue reading →
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
(Credit Dexter & McNeil Governments). Continue reading →