The Online Survey is open until Oct 25, 2022. I did the survey & felt it is well designed and worthwhile doing – if they actually follow up on it. I encourage the Forestry Economic Task Force to publish a report on the results.
We are hearing next to nothing about the final stages in implementation of the Lahey Recommendations with now less than 3 months to the complete actions promised in the Environmental Goals and Climate Change Reduction Act (bolding inserted):
10 (c) to implement by 2023 an ecological forestry approach for Crown lands, consistent with the recommendations in “An Independent Review of Forest Practices in Nova Scotia” prepared by William Lahey in 2018, through the triad model of forest management that prioritizes the sustainability of ecosystems and biodiversity in the Province; and
10 (d) to identify by 2023 the percentage allocation of Crown land dedicated to each pillar of the triad model of forest management referred to in clause (c).
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UPDATE: A video of this really excellent webinar is posted on the MTRI Facebook Page; View Sit Back Seminar: Healthy Soils – Healthy Woodlands
Received from Family Forests@FamilyForestNetwork (FB Page, Environmental Conservation Organization):
“Healthy soils are the foundation of healthy forests. The Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources and Renewables is collaborating on two new projects with researchers at the Halifax and Truro campuses of Dalhousie University to learn more about nutrients and organisms in forested soils across the province.
“The Family Forest Network strongly encourages woodland owners, contractors and forest professionals to attend a webinar at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, to hear more about this groundbreaking project directly from the researchers who are leading it.
“Highgrading at the Landscape Level” (Landscape Level Planning for short term Wood Supply) in the vicinity of Crown land block AP068499 Beals Meadow. More Info
The recommendation to implement a “Forest Triad” in NS was a central recommendation of the Forest Practices Review (aka the Lahey report, The Independent Review of Forest Practices in Nova Scotia) tabled on Aug 21, 2018.
Under the Liberals (2013-2021) a process was set up to implement the recommendations, all the while logging as normal continued. While the practices to be applied to the Ecological Matrix were fully worked out and published in July of 2021, it was not until recently, under the new PC Government (elected in Aug 2021) that those became required practices on new Crown land harvests as of June 1, 2022– with a last ditch grab-the-old-way on already approved harvests.
So with less than 6 months left to 2023, what’s still needs to be done to implement the Triad by 2023?
I am setting up this website as a more focussed successor to Nova Scotia Forest Notes, a blog/website I began on June 21, 2016 and which I will not be updating after June 21, 2022.
more to follow…
– DGP June 9, 2022