Divided we fall
The debate on the future of forestry in Nova Scotia continues. Exasperating the current standoff was the inability of environmental and industrial interests on the Phase II Forestry Panel to reach a consensus of scientific opinion and present a joint report to the project Steering Panel. The Minerals, Parks and Biodiversity panels all submitted single reports. Although the system appears to be broken beyond repair, Atlantic Canadians can fix just about anything. When the “arse is out of ‘er” we sew on another patch and keep going. This is the time for working woodland owners in Nova Scotia, as forestry practitioners, to start stitching the left and right sides back together. If you have not already done so be sure to:
- Read the Forestry Panel and Steering Panel Phase II reports.
- Discuss the reports’ recommendations and rationale with other working woodland owners.
- Consider how Panel recommendations on both sides of the debate could be implemented for the long term greater good.
- Build on the positive, not the negative.
- Draw your own conclusions beyond the publicized spin.
- Contact your MLA if you have any concerns.
Also be prepared to participate in future consultation sessions. Your voice is needed.
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