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The Nova Scotia Landscape: returning to forest cutting

Two months ago (January 18th), I wrote a blog about the cutting of Crown Land on South Mountain in the Inglisville area. As the result of some recent questions, it was time to revisit the Rifle Range road to Eel Weir Lake. With minus ten degrees centigrade and some fresh snow overnight, it was a perfect day for cross-country skiing.

There has been significant new cutting closer to the rifle range. Indeed part of the property, designated as a buffer to the rifle range, has been harvested. The stacks of both hardwood and softwood are higher and longer.

From the perspective of citizen science, a logical next step would be to contact Neil Green again and see if we could conduct another drone flight over the site (see earlier blog video).

After that previous blog, I contacted David Colville at COGS. He identified two relevant websites to explore. The first was the provincial Harvest Plans Map Viewer which shows the locations of the cuts. The second was the Global Forest Watch site at the University of Maryland which shows the history of forest change from satellite data since 2000.  Both of these sites are relevant in terms of a fact base for decision making.

Let’s sidestep for a moment. My second update relates to my recent visit to England. While there, I was referred to the writing of George Monbiot. On returning home, I received a new subscription to the Guardian Weekly. Lo and behold, on the back page of the March 2-8th edition, Monbiot has a column on the town of Frome in Somerset. It is entitled:

“One UK town has discovered a potent cure for illness – community. Frome’s dramatic fall in emergency admissions to hospitals should be a lesson for all of us”.

Or take his final paragraph:

” In other words, the evidence strongly suggests that social contact should be a prescription, as it is in Frome. But the silo effect, budget cuts and an atmosphere of fear and retrenchment ensure that precious little has been done.”

Sound familiar!

Let us join the dots. Healthy community engagement is a positive force in rural parts of England and Canada. We can learn from each other. Citizens can help make sure that decisions about the health of our landscape and the health of citizens are based on verifiable facts, rather than political expediency.

Let’s give the final word to Sharon Butala:

See her article in The Walrus.

“Against Ageism. It’s time to stop treating senior citizens as a burden”.

Or in the words of Rachel Carson:

“The real wealth of the Nation lies in the resources of the earth – soil, water, forests, minerals and wildlife. The administration is not properly, and cannot be, a matter of politics.”



George Monboit. One UK town has discovered a potent cure for illness – community. Frome’s dramatic fall in emergency admissions to hospitals should be a lesson for all of us. The Guardian Weekly. 2-8th March 2018

Sharon Butala. Against Ageism. It’s time to stop treating senior citizens as a burden. The Walrus Vol.15 Number 3 April 2018. p 15-19.

Thanks again to Heather Stewart for the photographs and support, and Edward Wedler for the graphics manipulation. I take full responsibility for the words.




One thought on “The Nova Scotia Landscape: returning to forest cutting

  1. Thanks for the dot-connection with community and ageism. What a dreadful word, by the way. I am old. I use the health care system. I go to a collaborative practice group and have seen, at one time or another, all of the doctors there. They know me and can check on my various tests and history on the electronic filing system. I am fortunate to have been well-served and am living proof that this works. My community helps me when I am in recovery mode. My community helps others in many different ways when there is illness. However, when we translate this caring into the (small “p”) political realm, it can fall short unless the work is carefully crafted and the research solid. Again, thanks.


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