Wednesday, 18 September 2019
Environment Media release

Press Release: Action to protect the Corbett – Dalhousie Lake forest

Forest protectors are on standby for a snap action to stop the cutting of the Corbett-Dalhousie Lake Forest

Westfor have announced on CBC that they are planning to cut the Corbett-Dalhousie Lake forest any day now. Through non-violent direct action, Extinction Rebellion Forest Protectors intend to protect this forest, an ecologically intact mixed hardwood forest in the midst of a sea of clear-cuts. This old forest is not officially classified as an old growth forest, yet – and it never will be if this cut happens.

Members of Annapolis County Extinction Rebellion (XR) will be outside of the Rare and Unusual Plant Sale, Farmers and Traders Market, Annapolis Royal, on May 19th from noon – 1 pm to share information about these proposed cuts and gather potential supporters to help “Stop the Chop”.

Bob Bancroft, noted Nova Scotian biologist, visited the proposed forest harvest sites between Dalhousie and Corbett Lakes on April 28th. In a subsequent article in the Annapolis County Spectator, Bancroft commented that he hadn’t seen a forest like that in some time.

“We know that forests like that are a fraction of one per cent of the forests that are left,” he said.

Two of the sites slated to undergo harvesting have already been subjected to partial cuts but the third has been untouched and Bancroft describes it as being intact with ground cover plants and a variety of species.

Two of the parcels of land border on a canal situated between the two lakes. This canal is highlighted by Canoe Annapolis County, A Paddlers Guide to Adventure as being Route 12 in Annapolis County for canoeists to enjoy. https://annapoliscounty.ca/images/stories/Recreation/CAC_RoutesMay2016/Route%2012%20-%20Corbett%20and%20Dalhousie%20Lakes.pdf

The local XR group is part of a global movement lead by Extinction Rebellion, a U.K. organization committed to addressing the climate crisis by performing acts of non-violent civil disobedience.

What: Forest Protectors on Stand-by to stop the cutting of the Corbett-Dalhousie Lake Forest

When: On Stand-by daily from May 19

Where: 10 minutes south of Bridgetown, NS

Who: Extinction Rebellion Annapolis County Nova Scotia

Why: To stop the cutting of an old intact Acadian forest that is one of the last in Nova Scotia

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information, interviews, etc.

Best regards,

Nina Newington

Extinction Rebellion Annapolis County Nova Scotia

xrns@riseup.net

For further information, see:

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/431053607712120/

XR NS on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ExtinctionRebellionNovaScotia/

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