KJIPUKTUK (Halifax) – When in 1830 William Alexander MacDonald arrived in Pictou County, having traveled from Caithness, Scotland, to start a new life in a new country, he named the small community he founded Garden of Eden. The lake nearby was called Garden of Eden Lake, later shortened to Eden Lake.
It’s not a stretch to assume he called it that because in his settler mind it was just so pretty and pristine.
But pretty and pristine no more. Eden Lake recently became the umpteenth patch of forest to be clearcut to feed the Northern Pulp mill in Pictou, Nova Scotia.
This isn’t news. There is nothing special about Eden Lake, and there is nothing special about a clearcut in Nova Scotia. Go for a country drive and you will see clearcuts everywhere.
However, it’s news as far as the folks who know and love the area are concerned. “Used to be some beautiful trails and scenery through here,” writes Richard Fultz, who owns a cottage on the lake and provided the clearcut photos in today’s pictorial.
Clearcutting continues unabated in Nova Scotia, despite the fact that most Nova Scotians oppose it. Whether it’s through public consultation, as in the development of the quickly abandoned Natural Resources strategy document when the NDP was in power, or through public opinion polls, time and again citizens tell politicians that they don’t like clearcutting and they want stricter controls put in place on the practice, if not stopped altogether.
That too is news of a sort. Old news.
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