Are you interested in breaking news, the latest scientific research, and insightful commentary on issues of importance to the owners of woodlands in Nova Scotia, and to the health and protection of the Acadian Forest?
You’ll find it below, and also on NSWOOA’s Facebook page. The stories will be updated daily, so check back often.
For even more information, check the archive of our monthly electronic newsletter, Legacy.
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.
Point Tupper biomass plant no longer required to run 24/7
The province has recently amended the renewable electricity regulations so that NSPI's biomass plant no longer has to operate around the clock.
NS government accepts forest lands in exchange for debt owed by western NS lumber company
The NS government has accepted 3242 hectares of forest land in western Nova Scotia as debt payment from Freeman and Son, a Queens Co. sawmiller. The lands have been valued at approximately $3.6 million.
Clearcut planned for near Scout Island, St. Margaret's Bay area
Members of the public and environemental groups have expressed concern over a proposed 350 hectare clearcut on Crown lands in the St. Margaret's Bay area. One area of the planned clearcut will border lands that have been used as a Scout camp for the last 50 years.
Quebec company files for compensation under NAFTA for business lost due to government subsidies to Port Hawkesbury mill
Resolute Forest Products Inc. is taking action against the federal and provincial government through NAFTA. The company claims that government subsidies to the Point Tupper mill resulted in the closing of their Laurentide mill in Quebec.
NS company is making biofuel from low-value wood fibre
Cellufuel, a company based out of the former Bowater Mersey paper mill, has been making renewable biofuel out of low-value wood fibre from Freeman's Lumber.
Timber theft and trespass a common problem for landowners
Many Nova Scotia landowners have been the victim of or heard of timber trespass or theft. Often, the only punishment for theft is for the thief to pay the price of the wood they took.
Local foragers supply mushrooms to gourmet restaurants
Fred Dardenne and Brendon Smith have built a local business selling wild mushrooms to gourmet restaurants in Nova Scotia as well as Montreal and Toronto.
United States upholds tariffs imposed on Canadian mills
The US Deptartment of Commerce has decided to uphold the tariffs imposed on paper products from major mills in the Maritimes.
ASF funding available for uneven-aged management
Starting in October, the Association for Sustainable Forestry will have a total of $300,000 available in funds for private woodlot owners in Nova Scotia doing Category 6 (commercial thinning) and Category 7 (crop tree release, crop tree pruning, and uneven-aged selection management) silviculture work.
You can access these funds whether you do your own work or hire a contractor. If you’re working with a contractor or are part of a forest landowner cooperative, they can take care of applying for funding for you. You can contact ASF for a list of recommended contractors working in your area.
If you would like to do your own work, funding can be accessed directly from the ASF by following these steps:
1. Check the ASF silviculture criteria and procedures manuals to make sure that the pre-treatment conditions of the stands you wish funding for qualify for Categories 6 or 7.
2. Submit a Silviculture Funding Request Form to ASF.
3. Based on the amount of funding ASF allocates to you, submit a Silviculture Funding Application Form, as well as the following:
a. An application fee of $100
b. A pre-treatment assessment (PTA) of the stands you wish to work in, completed by an individual that is PTA certified or FEC (Forest Ecosystem Classification) certified. The ASF can do this work for you for a fee, or recommend a certified professional.
4. Once ASF approves your application, do the treatment you applied for. When you’re done, submit a Silviculture Funding Claim Form, as well as the following:
a. A post-treatment assessment to confirm that post-treatment stand conditions still fall within the requirements for that treatment.
b. A GPS shapefile of the completed area. If you need any help with creating a shapefile, the ASF has GIS and GPS experts on hand to help guide you through the process.
When your claim form is approved, the ASF will send you a cheque based on the area completed and type of treatment. The rate per hectare is pre-set for each treatments. For more information about this process, please see the February 2015 issue of Legacy, which can be found here: http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs181/1111469432002/archive/1120144850162.html
Silviculture Criteria and Procedures Manuals, Pre- and Post-Treatment Assessments: http://www.asforestry.com/silviculture.htm
Silviculture Funding Request Form: http://www.asforestry.com/PDFs/fundingForms/NewFundingRequest.pdf
Silviculture Funding Application Form: http://www.asforestry.com/PDFs/fundingForms/ASF_Sm_Pvt_App_Form_2014-15.pdf
Silviculture Funding Claim Form: http://www.asforestry.com/PDFs/fundingForms/sclaim.pdf