“New paper out on life cycle #GHG dynamics for different scenarios of forest-based bioenergy in Nova Scotia” 21Jan 2023

Curved arrows represent biologically mediated flows of GHGs: the straight arrow, industrial emissions of GHGs; and the symbols at bottom right, long term sequestration of carbon in the oceans. Carbon dioxide is the most important GHG in relation to forestry.

“New paper out on life cycle #GHG dynamics for different scenarios of forest-based bioenergy in Nova Scotia”.

So reads an announcement on Twitter by James Steenberg, first author of the paper on Twitter. The tweet provides a link to : Life-Cycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Forest Bioenergy Production at Combined Heat and Power Projects in Nova Scotia, Canada, by James W N Steenberg, Jérôme Laganière, Nathan W Ayer, Peter N Duinker, published in Forest Science Jan 2, 2023.

Comment. The full paper is not publicly available on the publisher’s site. I learned about the paper from a Facebook Post on Jan 20, 2023 in which a PDF of the paper was also provided. I was asked to comment. Read more

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Nova Scotia Government: ‘Triad forestry model is complete’ but Landscape-level Biodiversity plan and EA component are still lacking 18Jan2023

From NS NRR Twitter feed

From Natural Resources and Renewables News Release (italics inserted):

The Province has dedicated a high production forest zone, completing its triad model of ecological forestry.

This will support the economy while ensuring that 90 per cent of Crown land is managed with biodiversity as the top priority.

Read more on versicolor.ca/nstriad

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Tues Jan 10, 2023: “The Chebucto Peninsula and Moose Habitat Connectivity”

Announcement from Nature Nova Scotia

Join us for our next Nature Talk:
“The Chebucto Peninsula and Moose Habitat Connectivity”
Tues Jan 10th at 7 pm

Nature Nova Scotia is still working to help save the Mainland Moose. Its been over a year since the the Mainland Moose recovery plan with core habitat was released. During this webinar, We will be discussing the Chebucto peninsula and its value to the Mainland Moose population, with special attention to how areas were identified for core habitat. We will also be discussing the health of the moose population, research done in this area, and the potential for better connectivity through wildlife overpasses or underpasses.

Read more on versicolor.ca/nstraid

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Will the PCs deliver on their promise to implement Triad Forestry in Nova Scotia by year end? 10Dec2023

The Big Question: Will we see an end to “Highgrading at the Landscape Level”  on Crown lands on Jan 1, 2023?

‘Just wonderin’ re: items (c) and (d) below and ‘The Big Question” (right).

The current* NS Government’s Commitment (clause 10 in the Environmental Goals and Climate Change Reduction Act, As Passed on Nov 5, 2021, bolding inserted):
*A PC Government was elected with a majority  on Aug 17, 2021, replacing two successive Liberal Governments (2013-2019).

 The Government’s goals with respect to the protection of land are…

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Citizen Scientists discover SAR lichens and a new logging road in proposed protected area 25Nov2022

“A group of citizen scientists in Southwest Nova Scotia are asking the premier to freeze harvests and road-building immediately in the forests surrounding Goldsmith Lake in Annapolis County.

Drone view of the new road

“This patch of crown land on the South Mountain inland from Tupperville is known to biologists and local residents for its old, relatively undisturbed forests. It includes two provincially recognized patches of old-growth. Citizens, including a respected conservation planner, alerted the province to the high conservation value of the area earlier in the year. But on October 22nd, a group of citizen scientists out exploring and documenting the biodiversity of the western side of the lake came upon a brand new logging road. The Department of Natural Resources and Renewables has confirmed to Annapolis County MLA Carman Kerr that harvest plans for 1355 acres around the lake have been approved.

“In the month since the discovery of the road the group has identified eight occurrences of Species At Risk in the area…”

Read full Press Release on www.versicolor.ca/nstriad

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Nova Scotia Environment looking for planner to lead achievement of 20% Protected Areas 8Nov2022

There has been very little info and essentially no public consultation coming from the government through 2022 in regard to fully implementing the Triad system of forest management by the beginning of 2023 (re: commitment stated in item 10c in the Environmental Goals and Climate Change Reduction Act of Oct 2021, and lots remains to be done (View post July 13, 2022).

A related commitment under item 10 –  (a) the protection of 20% of land and water area by 2030 and (b) a strategy for the same by December 31, 2023 – is highly relevant to the Triad.

The scuttle has been that “nothing is really happening” in regard to new Protected Areas but it seems the pressure is on, with the release of ad for a Planner to play a “leading role in developing and implementing various priorities directed towards legally designating new areas.”  It’s  a Term Position.  Read more on versicolor.ca/nstriad

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NRR’s Peter Bush to talk about Old Growth Forest Policy Thurs. Nov 3, 2022

I just learned about it today, in the course of some correspondence with Peter Bush (Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources and Renewables Old-Growth Forest Coordinator).  A notice about this talk  was, apparently,  just posted today on the MTRI Facebook Page.

Read more on versicolor.ca/nstriad

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Nova Scotia Forestry Economic Task Force wants feedback on opportunites, obstacles…7Oct2022

The Online Survey is open until Oct 25, 2022. I did the survey & felt it is well designed and worthwhile doing – if they actually follow up on it. I encourage the Forestry Economic Task Force to publish a report on the results.

We are hearing next to nothing about the final stages in implementation of the Lahey Recommendations with now less than 3 months to the complete actions promised in the Environmental Goals and Climate Change Reduction Act:

10 (c) to implement by 2023 an ecological forestry approach for Crown lands, consistent with the recommendations in “An Independent Review of Forest Practices in Nova Scotia” prepared by William Lahey in 2018, through the triad model of forest management that prioritizes the sustainability of ecosystems and biodiversity in the Province; and;

10 (d) to identify by 2023 the percentage allocation of Crown land dedicated to each pillar of the triad model of forest management referred to in clause (c).

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On NS TRIAD: What’s left to do to implement the Forest Triad in Nova Scotia by 2023? Plenty 13Jul2022

“Highgrading at the Landscape Level” in the vicinity of crown land block AP068499 Beals Meadow More Info

The recommendation to implement a “Forest Triad” in NS was a central recommendation of the Forest Practices Review (aka the Lahey report, The Independent Review of Forest Practices in Nova Scotia) tabled on Aug 21, 2018.

Under the Liberals (2013-2021) a process was set up to implement the recommendations, all the while logging as normal continued. While the practices to be applied to the Ecological Matrix were fully worked out and published in July of 2021, it was not until recently, under the new PC Government (Aug 2021) that those became required practices on new Crown land harvests as of June 1, 2022– with a last ditch grab-the-old-way on already approved harvests.

So with less than 6 months left to 2023, what’s still needs to be done to implement the Triad by 2023?

View more on www.versicolor.ca/nstriad

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Nova Scotia Forest Notes: a record of goings-on in forests and forestry in Nova Scotia 21Jun2016-21Jun2022

Wabanaki Forest Love Affair Yellow Birch at left, and Eastern Hemlock at right on a mound in old forest by Sandy Lake (Bedford) More about it here.

This blog/website was created on June 21, 2016;  I stopped updating it on June 21, 2022. As such it provides a record of sorts of goings-on related to forests and forestry in Nova Scotia over that interval.

It will be maintained at this URL (nsforestnotes.ca) until July 21, 2023.

The site is archived regularly on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine so by July 2023 all of the material currently on the site will still be in that archive. The website on the archive is essentially a perfect replica of this one, is searchable,  and can be viewed in different stages of its development.

Items on this blog/website that are posted chronologically are (i) links to news items, found under   In the News and its subpages; and (ii) “posts” (the blog component of the website), found under About this Site/All Posts

I am not leaving the topic of forestry in NS entirely. I have set up a new blog/website at www.versicolor.ca/nstriad which will focus on the unfolding of the Triad in NS over the next year or so. That seems appropriate as nsforestnotes.ca was initiated before the Lahey process  (The Independent Review of Forest Practices in Nova Scotia) was conceived, and I have followed it for now almost 4 years beyond when the ‘Lahey Report‘ was tabled (Aug 21,  2018).

I post various natural history materials on several websites I currently maintain or contribute to (see www.versicolor.ca). I am setting up a new website at www. versicolor.ca/chebuctomm which will focus on the natural history of the Chebucto Peninsula which I consider to be my bioregion.

It will be a while before these two new websites (www.versicolor.ca/nstriad and www.versicolor.ca/chebuctomm) have much on them. When they are further along I will make a post about them on this blog in case some subscribers might want to have peak at them.

– david p
(aka JackPine, JackPine22)


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