Triad-related News

Dec 31, 2021:
– “We need accountability”: Nova Scotia has set ambitious climate change goals, but concrete action is elusive
Jennifer Henderson in the Halifax Examiner. ” It’s the last day of 2021 – an excellent time to consider how well Nova Scotia applied the brakes on the pace of climate change.” Useful review of goals and where we are

Dec 23, 2021:
– Canadian Association of Retired Persons concerned about forestry impact on Nova Scotia’s Crown lands
Ron Swan, Canadian Association of Retirees, on saltwire.com
– Climate change could stunt the Christmas tree industry. Here’s how N.S. growers are preparing
Frances Willick · CBC News “A conservation group that has spent the past two decades working to restore salmon habitat on the Eastern Shore is one of dozens of groups and individuals speaking out against a proposed gold mine.”

Dec 21, 2021:
– Province releases draft terms for Northern Pulp’s environmental assessment report
Taryn Grant · CBC News “The public can comment on the draft document until the end of January”

Dec 20,2021

– The Pictou mill: fleecing Nova Scotia for 53 years — and counting
Joan Baxter in the Halifax Examiner
– Westfor rejects calls to halt logging on public land (audio)
CBC info AM “Westfor president Jamie Lewis talks about calls to halt logging on public land… he says environmentalists are making false claims.”

Dec 17, 2021:
– Northern Pulp mill plans “best in class” or best in BS?
By Joan Baxter in The Halifax Examiner
– Northern Pulp sues Nova Scotia for $450 million
By Aaron Beswickin The Saltwire Network Subscription required

Dec 15, 2021:
– New tool available to woodlot owners hoping to get into the carbon market
CC Info AM “How much carbon is in a tree? And how much is it worth on the carbon market? Hear about an American carbon measurement system that just became available to Canadians.”
– Views: To cut or not to cut: What to do with Nova Scotia’s forests
Ethan Lycan-Lang in the Morning File/Halifax Examiner on responses to Laheys Progress Report of Nov 30, 2021.

Dec 14, 2021:
– State of Nature 2021 Report
Nature NS

 

Dec 13, 2021:
– Forest Nova Scotia responds to Lahey Progress Report
News Release

Dec 11, 2021:
– STEPHEN COLE: Nova Scotia forestry landscape has changed dramatically, despite what Lahey says
Contributed on saltwire.com
– VAL TRAVERSY: Stop parroting, start challenging Lahey’s narrative
Contributed on saltwire.com

Dec 8, 2021

– Environmental, community groups demand province stop clearcutting on Crown land until recommendations in Lahey report are implemented
BY ETHAN LYCAN-LANG in the Halifax Examiner. “At a news conference on Wednesday, Ecology Action Centre, Sierra Club Foundation, Healthy Forest Coalition, Friends of Nature, Extinction Rebellion NS, Nature NS, Hike NS, and Council of Canadians say situation in forests in the province has reached a breaking point.” Plourde cites history.

– Groups demand immediate moratorium on all forest harvesting on public lands until Lahey Report recommendations implemented on the ground   
EAC Press Release

– Report on Forestry Research in Nova Scotia issued
View Research Agenda: Bringing Focus to Forestry Research, and Appendices. Posted on website of Research Nova Scotia
– Environmentalists call for an end to cutting on Crown land until Lahey guidelines in place
Michael Gorman · CBC News “a group of people representing eight provincial environmental and community organizations that came together to demand an immediate moratorium on all harvesting on Crown land until the Lahey Report recommendations are fully implemented.”
– Nova Scotians camp out to save small but mighty patch of forest
By Cloe Logan in the National Observer “The 80-year-old parcel is relatively small, explained Newington — 60 acres, or around 45 football fields. However, it’s some of the last standing forest in the area, which has seen ample clear-cuts. The trees are important habitat for species in the area, such as the wood turtle and the pine marten. The endangered mainland moose has been spotted in the area by resident Randy Neily. He notes the same cutblock was actually spared around 20 years ago by Bowater Mersey Paper Company Limited, which owned a pulp mill in Liverpool, a couple of hours away from the site. “Twenty-two years ago, I talked Bowater Mersey into leaving this patch of forest alone when they were cutting everything around. They left it because of its value to wildlife. Now WestFor wants to take it,” he said.
– Protestors camped out at planned harvest site in Annapolis County say cutting “can’t just go on”
ETHAN LYCAN-LANG in the Halifax Examiner “Since Friday, a small, rotating group of protestors have been camped out on a small parcel of land in Annapolis County, trying to convince the province to stop a planned cut near Beals Brook. The protestors, who call themselves Forest Protectors, say the land is a wildlife corridor where locals have seen evidence of endangered species. They believe the planned cut is a threat to the habitat of these species and the area’s biodiversity.”

 

Dec7, 2021:
– Environmental assessment process underway for shuttered Nova Scotia pulp mill
Canadian Press in www.bradfordtoday.ca

Dec 3, 2021:
– Folly or the future? Citizens protest planned Crown land harvest in Annapolis County
Michael Gorman · CBC News

Dec 1, 2021:
 Nova Scotian naturalists respond to the draft Old Growth Forest Policy
Post on NatureNS website
– William Lahey on the Province’s lack of progress on his landmark forestry report (audio)
CBC Info AM “William Lahey’s three-year evaluation into how the Province is following through on his Independent Review of Forest Practices in Nova Scotia finds only five of 45 recommendations have been completely implemented. Hear his reaction to the lack of progress.”

Nov 30, 2021:
– Lahey forestry report author issues scathing update on lack of progress after 3 years
Michael Gorman · CBC News “William Lahey concludes Department of Natural Resources has yet to fully embrace ecological forestry”
– New old-growth policy won’t change much: forest ecologist
By Will McLernon for The Signal “Forest ecologist Donna Crossland said many Nova Scotians want to let nature be. But she doesn’t believe Nova Scotia’s new old-growth forests draft policy will do much to change “the dire situation with a near complete lack of [old growth].” The previous policy on old-growth forests was released in 2012, with a goal of identifying eight per cent of old-growth forests or old-growth opportunities on Crown land across the province. The 2021 draft policy states that this goal was met in early 2020. Crossland believes this statement is misleading. “What they’ve done is put a lot of forests in the eight per cent allocation that are not old growth at all.” Crossland, with the Medway Community Forest co-operative, was not involved in drafting the policy. She would like to see an interim measure whereby all the remaining forest at 80 to 100 years of age on Crown land would be inventoried.”

Nov 25, 2021:
– ‘My desire is to protect that land,’ premier says of property at Owls Head
Francis Campbell on saltier.com “It appears that Crown land at Owls Head on the Eastern Shore could be on its way to protected status. “My desire is to protect that land,” Premier Tim Houston said Thursday at the completion of a news conference in Halifax.”– Province issues New Mainland Moose Recovery Plan
NS Government News Release “A team including wildlife biologists, habitat specialists and veterinary experts from government and academia was appointed in 2019 to create a plan based on the best available scientific knowledge and expertise. It developed a recovery plan to address threats, protect and enhance habitat, improve connectivity and ensure regular monitoring and assessment of population health…The Department of Natural Resources and Renewables will conduct a baseline survey of the current moose population size and distribution this winter. ”
– Protestors demand logging stop at Rocky Point Lake until recovery plan for mainland moose is in place
ETHAN LYCAN-LANG in the Haifax Examiner
– Stop chopping on Crown land in mainland moose habitats, protesters say
Francis Campbell for Saltwire

Nov 24, 2021:
– Nova Scotia Power increases use of biomass for generating electricity
Jennifer Henderson in the Halifax Examiner

Nov 23,2021:
– Developer drops controversial plan for golf courses at Owls Head
CBC news Lighthouse Links blames lack of Nova Scotia government support… Jamie Simpson, the lawyer who took the case to the Nova Scotia Supreme Court on behalf of environmentalist Bob Bancroft and the Eastern Shore Forest Watch Association, said he was unaware of the company’s decision when contacted Tuesday by CBC News. Simpson’s clients had been in the process of preparing for an appeal of the judge’s decision. The lawyer said what matters now is how the provincial PC government will respond to the news and whether it will try to find a new buyer to develop the land. In a statement, Natural Resources and Renewables Minister Tory Rushton said this was a business decision. “Crown lands belong to all Nova Scotians and we as a government were prepared to consult the public on the future of the area,” Rushton said.

Nov 22, 2021:
532-year-old N.S. hemlock claims record for oldest tree in the Maritimes
Jean Laroche · CBC News. “Hemlock started growing 8 years before John Cabot’s expedition to North America”

Nov 17, 2021
– Critics say a new government policy won’t do much to save old forests in N.S. (audio)
CBC Info AM “Forestry, farming and development have taken a toll on old forests in Nova Scotia. Now a new government policy is aimed at preserving what remains. But some say it’s not enough. We hear from Mike Lancaster, coordinator of Nova Scotia’s Healthy Forest Coalition.”
– A look at what’s up at Rocky Point Lake Road
Ethan Lycan Lang in Morning File (Halifax Examiner). Provides a detailed history of the Mainland Moose issue. Also item on’ New book reveals horrific record of Canadian mining companies in Guatemala’ and links to Hfx Examiner articles about gold mining issues in NS.

Nov 15, 2021:
Dani Miller dreams of a healthy future for Maritime forests
By Patricia Lane in the National Observer. “As the co-ordinator of the Common Ground project for Community Forests International, Dani Miller uses knowledge-sharing and storytelling to support the 80,000 family landowners in the Wabanaki forest — more commonly known as the Acadian forest — in climate-smart forest management to protect their land for generations to come, all the while increasing climate resilience…”Find your inspiration and spend lots of time there. For me, it is walking in old-growth forests where I remember why I love what I do…My dad was a forester and took my brother and me into old-growth forests every chance he could. Just seeing his awe and wonder left me with a lifelong interest. While we had to drive past many forest plantations and clear-cuts to get to these forests, he reminded me that it does not have to be this way. I planned to work in government following my studies so I could help change policy, but quickly realized the pace at which it moves is too slow for the climate emergency. That is why I have decided to work in non-governmental organizations for now.”

Nov 0, 2021
– Cutting begins in Digby forest where Mi’kmaw chiefs asked for logging pause
Emma Smith, Phlis McGregor for CBC “Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw Chiefs want mainland moose assessment done”

Nov 9, 2021:
– N.S. drafts updated old-growth forest policy, advocates say it doesn’t go far enough
Taryn Grant · CBC News. “”They made the house a little prettier and tidier. But the foundation is still cracked and significant progress, I think, is still lacking.” – Alain Belliveau”
– Crown land considered habitat for endangered moose has been clear cut (audio)
CBC Info AM “In Digby County, Crown land between the Silver River and Tobeatic Wilderness areas has been clear cut. That’s despite the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw Chiefs asking the province to halt logging in the area. We hear from Nina Newington, who has been protesting the clearcutting.”

Nov 4, 2021
– JIM VIBERT: As Nova Scotia Tories stroll toward ‘ecological forestry approach,’ the results are clearcut
Jim Vibert in the Chronicle Herald. Image on FB

Nov 3, 2021:
– Ministerial advisory panel members accuse government of dragging its feet on Lahey report
Michael Gorman · CBC News “Members of a ministerial advisory panel on forestry say delays implementing the Lahey report fall at the feet of Nova Scotia’s Natural Resources Department, but the minister responsible disagrees.”

Nov 1, 2021
Nov 1, 2021 – Law Amendments Committee Proceedings (YouTube)
Discussion of Bill 63 at law Amendments Committee, An Act to Establish the Executive Panel on Housing. The Act was passed and gives the NS Government sweeping powers to override municipal decision making. Discussion on YouTube starting at 7:15:38. Also discussion of Climate Change Bill.

Oct 28, 2021
– Environmental Goals and Climate Change Reduction Act
The Honourable Tim Halman Minister of Environment and Climate Change, First Reading: October 27, 2021

Oct 26, 2021:
The Wabanaki Forest
By Rebecca Jacobs on forestsinternational.org. “You may have noticed that over the past year, we have begun to refer to the forest in the Maritimes as the Wabanaki-Acadian Forest, or simply the Wabanaki Forest. You may be wondering where this name comes from or why we’ve made this change.”

Oct 19, 2021:
– Northern Pulp signals legal action against N.S. government over mill closure
Aly Thomson · CBC News “Company says losses related to the closure of mill exceed $450 million”
– Meet the hemlock heroes saving centuries-old trees from an invasive insect (audio)
CBC InfoAM “A group of volunteers has been working in the Tobeatic wilderness area, trying to save a rare strand of old growth hemlock trees from woolly adelgid infestation. Information Morning’s Phlis McGregor joined a four-hour canoe and portage trip into the site.”

Sep 26, 2021:
Don’t spray us: Protesters opposed to glyphosate occupy private land in Colchester County
Chelsey Gould for Saltwire “Since Sept. 13, seven or more people opposed to the spraying have been camped out in two locations in Otter Brook and Halfway Brook. One camper, Jacob Fillmore, has moved up into a tree in the clear-cut scheduled for spraying. The spraying is approved to happen at any time until Sept. 30.”

Sep 23, 2021
Ingram River Wilderness Area in the news
Sep 23, 2021:
Response to concerns raised by Westfor over proposed 4,000 hectare wilderness area (audio)
CBC Information Morning “Mike Lancaster, from the St. Margaret’s Bay Stewardship Association, responds to concerns raised by Westfor’s general manager over the Ingram River Conservation Lands. Plus, hear some of your emails.”Sep 22, 2021:
Forest company’s concerns about a proposed wilderness area near St. Margaret’s Bay (audio)
“In a company newsletter, the general manager for Westfor recently expressed concerns about not being able to harvest wood in a proposed wilderness area, the Ingram River Conservation Lands. Here is our interview with Breck Stewart.”Background
WestFor stokes fears over proposed protection of the Ingram River Conservation Area 10Sep2021
Post on NSFN Sep 10, 2021

Sep 14, 2021
– Press release: Don’t Spray Us camps pop up on glyphosate spray sites
In the Nova Scotia Advocate “In August, Nova Scotia Environment approved applications to spray 1,172 ha (2,895 acres) of private forested land in Colchester, Cumberland, Guysborough, Halifax and Hants Counties. Aerial spraying is scheduled to continue until September 30th. In 2020, the sprays planned for Annapolis, Hants and Kings counties were cancelled following the establishment of Don’t Spray Us camps on sites in those counties. The Don’t Spray Us campers are asking for a halt to spraying on all approved sites this year. They are calling on Nova Scotians to tell Tim Halman, the new Minister of Environment and Climate Change: End the aerial spraying of forests in Nova Scotia once and for all.”

Aug 17, 2021
Progressive Conservatives surge to surprise majority win in Nova Scotia election
Michael Gorman · CBC News