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Potential new bylaw restricting indoor wood burning angers firewood industry
Potential restrictions to wood burning fireplaces in Halifax Regional Municipality have angered firewood supplies and buyers alike. The municiapality is looking at these changes because of a petition requesting that there be a nuisance smoke bylaw to reduce the possible health impacts from indoor burning appliances.
U.S. Lumber Coalition files petition in ongoing softwood lumber dispute
The U.S. Lumber Coalition filed a petition on Friday for the U.S. Department of Commerce to impose duties on softwood lumber shipments from Canada. Conform Ltd, a private woodlot management company in Nova Scotia, has expressed concern about what the economic impact of new tariffs would be on Nova Scotia.
Understanding the Canada-U.S. softwood lumber dispute
The softwood lumber trade agreement between Canada and the United States has expired and we will soon launch into the next softwood lumber dispute. There are two options to settle the dispute: quotas or taxes. What are the implications of each?
Forest fires threaten large areas of western Nova Scotia
Fire crews have been fighting three forest fires in western NS since the evening of Thursday, Aug. 4th. At least one of those fires is still burning out of control. The three fires are located near: Kejimkujik National Park, Seven Mile Lake on Medway Community Forest Coop lands, and Greenfield in Queens County. On Tuesday, Aug. 9th the NS Department of Natural Resources announced restrictions on camping, hiking and fishing on forested Crown land in Nova Scotia.
Medway Community Forest Coop creates sustainable firewood business to help supply local communities
The Medway Community Forest Coop has created a sustainable firewood business on former Bowater Mersey woodland.
Ecologist warns that decline of boreal felt lichen an indicator of declining forest health
An ecologist with the NS Department of Environment warns that the steep projected decline of endangered boreal felt lichen over the next 25 years is an indicator of declining forest health in NS.
Port Hawkesbury Paper to lay off over half of their employees for a week
Due to poor market conditions, the Point Tupper mill will be laying off over half of their employees for one week.
Five Islands residents voice concern over fire risk
Residents of Five Islands have become concerned that cooking sites and campfires in the Five Islands Provincial Park pose increased risks of wildfire to surrounding private woodland during open fire bans.
Three companies charged after investigation of clearcutting in Long Lake Provincial Park
Charges have been laid against Dexter Construction Company Ltd., Resourcetec Inc. and Scott and Stewart Forestry Consultants Ltd. for violating the Crown Lands Act by cutting and damaging timber on Crown lands without permission.
NS researcher gives up decade-long search for elusive cougar
After a decade of searching, a researcher working in Kejimkujik National Park in western NS has given up the hunt for the elusive eastern cougar.