The province is proposing that lands near Coolen Lake, straddling Lunenburg County and HRM, be clearcut. The targeted lands contain one of the oldest remaining forests in the Maritimes, let alone Nova Scotia, a post on the Healthy Forest Coalition Facebook page states .
Letter of concern by Guysborough resident (and frequent NS Advocate contributor) Alexander Bridge, re this year’s glyphosate spraying program, in Guysborough County and elsewhere, announced earlier this summer. “As a resident of Boylston, Nova Scotia, allow me to share my concerns and extreme disappointment with our provincial government’s weak forestry regulations.”
Three new billboards in Halifax remind tens of thousands commuters each day that all is not well with Nova Scotia’s forests. “80,000 birds nests destroyed last year; Stop clearcutting; Tell Premier McNeil,” the billboards state.
Forest loss in Nova Scotia continues unabated, but exactly how much and where often is based on anecdotal evidence. What most people don’t know is that there’s an app for that.
Just another clearcut in rural Nova Scotia. Nothing new here.
Unusual flooding, erosion, something has changed about the Margaree River in Cape Breton, writes Sam Ainsworth. When local residents start pointing it clear cutting of the Margaree watershed by Port Hawkesbury Paper, the company fights back. An expert report, the local salmon fishers association, politicians all get mobilized to argue that things in fact are just fine. Not so fast, writes Ainsworth, ” The Margaree could be a beacon of light in a very dark history for salmon in this province but the clearcutting must be drastically reduced.”
About eight hundred Nova Scotians marched to Province House because they hate the devastation of our forests caused by clearcutting and because bureaucrats and politicians aren’t listening to them. To mark this important event we offer up a handful of photos and a transcription of the remarks by Melissa Labrador, a Mi’kmaq woman of the Wildcat community near Kejimkujik.
Craig Hubley about the lack of information on glyphosate buildup in wild foraged foods in a letter to Mark Furey, MLA for Lunenburg West and the Minister of Business and Service Nova Scotia
“This is my favourite place in the world. It breaks my heart that this is happening here.” Ryan Chambers takes us on a short drone ride high above the Cape Breton Highlands.
Glyphosate spraying in the face of widespread concerns among rural residents just so that forestry companies can make a bit more money seems pretty outrageous. Yet that’s what’s happening.