1. Hi Jamie, congratulations on launching this blog. Regarding the NDP’s disappointing record on forestry in NS: it seems that politics these days is about being popular by juggling many balls in the air at once, but that leadership is about doing what is right. If governments can’t show leadership, then the leaders among the rest of us need to step up. I sense this is what you’re doing. Keep going!

    • Thanks Vince. I know there are many MLAs within the NS NDP who want and see the need for change in the forestry sector — as well as many within NS DNR. Unfortunately there seems to be much resistance at the top.

  2. Carol Richardson said:

    Ho heartbreaking to see that photo and to realize how disappointed many of us are when we had such high hopes of the NDP Government! Keep communicating, Jamie – some of us are listening.

  3. David Blackwell said:

    Congratulations to Jamie on his new blog. It’s great that Jamie has found the time for this educative project and for further sharing his love of the Acadian Forest with others. From what I’ve heard, read and observed, I agree that so far nothing appears to have changed as regards what’s happening to Nova Scotia’s forests, despite all the promises, the commissioning of reports (Wheeler, A Natural Balance, Woodridge), the hopes raised, the volunteer time expended, the taxpayer money spent–a situation aptly summed up by the Latin saying mons laborat, mus nascitur (“the mountain labours, a mouse is born”).

    On the other hand, one can’t be too hard on the government, caught as it is between the rock and the hard place of the threat of thousands of jobs directly and indirectly lost and treating the province’s forested areas with respect. The recent announcement of the closure of Hodgson’s Chipping (The Chronicle Herald, Jan. 21, A12) well illustrates the dilemma. According to the company’s president and the general manager, what occasioned the closure and loss of 70 full-time jobs was the increased cost burden of the new requirement that (presumably) select-cutting replace half of the fibre harvested by clearcutting over five years, while the price the pulp mills paid their suppliers remained unchanged. (Increasing the price paid suppliers would almost certainly add further uncertainty surrounding the future of the pulp mills themselves.) Assumedly the same consideration relating to cost would apply were the government to “end” whole-tree harvesting. (Perhaps wrongly, the Woodridge report viewed the province’s forest industry as able to absorb the cost of a 50 pc reduction in clearcutting if the government took measures to increase the supply of fibre from private woodlot owners.)

    The increased cost of a switch to select-cutting and the low price mills pay suppliers for wood fibre are but two symptoms of what observers, let alone those directly involved, know is a major crisis in the province’s forest industry—the crisis of an industry structured and operated as it presently is endeavouring to compete successfully in a marketplace that is now global and that gives little quarter to competitors.

    P.S. Is that first photo above the work of a company that has FDI (or other acceptable forestry practice) certification?

  4. Maggie said:

    Hi Jamie!
    Tannis from Forestry Greenhouse gave me your name : )
    We just bought 3.6 acres of land along the Saint John river which had been an apple orchard for close to 100 years I think…. Anyway, the apples trees are gone now, and the field is left.
    I want to turn it back into an original Acadian Forest ( native trees and plants to the area, 20 min above the Mactaquac dam on the Bear Island Side)…
    I don’t know where to start… Can you help me out in any way ? Is there a book out there written on how to do this?
    Thanks sooooOOOOOO much!
    Maggie : )

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