Friday, 27 May 2011

Nova Scotia Forestry: DNR Update Woodbridge Report May 2011

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From the DNR:
"The province's commitment to healthy forests and a healthy forest industry is being supported by an additional $5-million investment to address the economic impact of reducing clearcutting to 50% over the next five years. The investment includes funding for added outreach efforts and silviculture to make wood harvesting more attractive to small, private woodlot owners in the province.

The province’s focus on reducing clearcutting and re-engaging with small, private woodlot owners is supported by an economic impact analysis prepared by internationally recognized specialists on the forestry industry, Woodbridge Associates.

The commissioned report recommends the province take measures, such as the $5-million investment, to help ease the forestry sector’s transition toward the province’s clearcutting reduction target. The report also makes it clear that small private woodlot owners play a key role in the supply of wood fibre for the forest industry".

Saturday, 7 May 2011


Would you like to register your concerns regarding the management of Nova Scotia Forestry? 

Nova Scotia forests are at risk of disappearing and citizens need to be heard. Signing this petition will send a strong and clear message to Premier Darrell Dexter to reverse the decision to allow cutting for biomass on the Crown lands of Nova Scotia.The forest is being targeted as the quick solution for the renewable energy commitment. The forests have already been subjected to massive cutting which is having severe impacts on waterways, wildlife habitat and soil nutrients. This practice is not an acceptable solution to the sustainable energy decision and citizens have to speak up against this and be heard.

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Friday, 6 May 2011

Nova Scotia Natural Resources Strategy 2010: Why are we still waiting?


The Natural Resources Strategy was announced in May 2007 as a three year process. DNR's current policies for forests, minerals and parks have been in place since the 1980s and are in need of renewal; the biodiversity strategy will be the first for the province. The decision to re-evaluate DNR's policies on forests minerals, and parks, and to establish a policy on biodiversity is in keeping with the Province's focus on sustainable prosperity and competitiveness, and the shift to a green economy. The Nova Scotia Government's Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act commits DNR to develop a new Natural Resources Strategy by end of 2010.
The Strategy is being developed in three phases.
Phase 1 - Citizen engagement - led by Voluntary Planning - January 2008 to April 2009
Phase 2 - Technical expertise/Stakeholder engagement - May 2009 to March 2010
Phase 3 - Strategy Development - By end of 2010

The Natural Resources strategy is expected to be completed by end of 2010. So why are we still waiting in the middle of 2011?