CORBETT LAKE, N. S. – When worried inhabitants walked a piece of the crown forest on Boxing Day on the South Mountain, they were surprised by the black birches of eight meters. They were surprised by the fact that the trail route mysteriously emerged from mid-July, when the two plots they looked at were only in the phase of public comments on the proposed harvest process in the province. And one piece looks like it's already cut.
"It should be able to comment by January 19, but we see evidence that they may already have begun," said Sue Skipton, one of the 18 residents who gathered at Neaves Road and expected to arrive in the right coordinates and must rely on a compass and GPS to navigate through the forest. "Why is there already a way here that leads to this area when it is still under comment?"
The two plots, AP068637B and AP068637D, are 21.48 and 18.88 hectares, respectively, and are located between two lakes – Corbett and Dalhousi – just west of the Morse Road. The comments period for the Department of Land and Forest Plan for the planning of the site's harvesting site is until January 19. Go to https://nsgi.novascotia.ca/hpmv/.
"I definitely doubt why they will already cross the road," said Randall Fredericks, who brought a board and a map. He points to a place on a map. The yellow indicates the two proposed places for harvest.
It is also curious why a partial harvest was made recently on the west side of that road on part of the northern part of AP068637B.
"Usually, when all kinds of land is cultivated on Crown, there is public consultation," Fredericks said.
And then at the end of the road, the plot AP068637D looks like it's already been assembled. Fredericks and biologist Donna Kertland returned to the place after walking the box and went to the bottom of the southern plot and confirmed that many were gathered despite the lack of public consultation.
The work seems to have been carried out in the past few months, and Crossland does not question the quality of harvesting, which most agree that it is well done, but the public was not able to input and that the comment period is still open.
The only Shelterwood
Those who walked out on a boxing day trip agreed that the partial harvest at the southern end of the AP068637B plot looked good, and if it was left as it is now, it will flourish. But the fear is that the kind of proposed cuts can see the saw blades back in three to 10 years to make the rest. The proposed cross-section is called a "uniform for shelter". Much of the tree is harvested, and the remaining trees are cut off after the foresters are satisfied the new growth is well established.
Crossland led the tour of the proposed plots, pointing to the features of trees and habitats that spoke about many wild animals.
"This is a known substrate for melting the substrate, which means that these trees grow in the shade of each other very well," said Crossland for the northern plot. "It is composed of species that would once have experienced the forests of Nova Scotia historically – the charcoal of the flock, the yellow birch, the red spruce, the American beech tree, the dominant species we saw there, some red maple also."
The end of the finish means that the forest is constantly changing as the trees grow and die, creating habitats for dozens of wildlife species.
"There is a lot of regeneration on the forest floor," said Krstland. "We have perennial classes, and what is astonishing is that some of them are really old growth." These are old attitudes to growth. "We have many holes in the wild world – beech and yellow birch, we have food for wildlife. the wildlife, it would be nice if we can make forestry, but we will do it in a selective way – lasting. Do not take it all. We need to have a canopy, continuous canopy of trees while still doing forest activity. "
Gem of Forest
"On our boxing day, in just a few minutes, I knew that we were dealing with a real diamond of biodiversity of the forests," said Bey Vigney. "The range of tree species and the age of trees, as well as the amount of mosses, lichens and ferns, tell me it is a super location. In that forest there must be all kinds of forest plants, birds, insects, amphibians, reptiles and mammals."
Winnie is a longtime naturalist and has a long history of associate detected biologists from CMN, CWF and OMNR, taking samples during field work over the past two decades.
"I know my things – be it herpetology, entomology, botany or anything," she said. "In any case, I know a hawk from a glue – so I know very well when I am in a place with a wealth of biodiversity – and the northern plot of Corbett-Dalhousie is just such a place. It should not be picked."
She said that if those plots are everywhere within the ride of one day as a city in Ottawa, which is set up on Lake Corbet, it would long ago be transformed into a protected space or maybe even a Provincial Park.
"It's at least as it deserves some of the other regional locations, such as the Mickey Hill Jeff Wild," she said, "in fact, it's probably even more worthy of it."
"There are much bigger, older growing trees," said Skipton, who helped Wigny to measure the larger trees. "There are still many wild animals out and about."
The largest tree she and Bev Vigny got the tape around that day was more than eight feet in size. It is 30 inches in diameter at the height of the chest.
Skeptton calls the West of Dalhousie / Morse the road to a banned land. "We are out of sight, from the mind," she said.
Skipton spoke against the clear cutting in the area over the past four years. The pieces continue almost uninterruptedly and move along the Morse Road from Bridgetown to West Dalhousie, some of those cuts go right on the side of the road. The plan to acquire the map from Geneva shows hundreds of hectares of crown land which has been approved for partial harvest or clear reductions in the area since 2016.
She may finally have some support in expressing concern with the same-minded Wigney, Fredericks and Crossland, who teamed up to explore what is happening and to encourage less harmful and sustainable forestry practices.
"I think that here in Annapolis County we have to start working on the protection of the northern plot of the" Old Forest "and the coal boiler that is in it," said Vigny. "I believe we will soon see some action at county level. I hope we can work together to support some kind of measure to protect this plot."
Winnie said she and other concerned citizens are further exploring.
"We have already prepared and sent a letter of notification to the prime minister, the Minister of Lands and Forests, and our local councilors – (manager) Timoti Habinski and Grigori Heming, informing them of our findings and expecting to hear about it in the media in close future, "she said. "We asked them to take action on this issue."
Habinsky hoped to convene a special meeting of the council to discuss the proposed creatures, but the earliest council could meet on January 3. Habinsky said he is aware of the findings of Wigney, Shipton and Fredericks, including the new road and the apparent harvest that has already happened.
The Spectator contacted the Department of Land and Forestry with questions concerning the new road and the obvious harvest that had already happened. The employees were in the process of obtaining information, but they could not provide it before the pressure.
NOTE: The Land and Forestry Department issued the following late on December 31:
AP068637B and AP068637D were originally published as proposed clear cuts for public commentary in 2015. They were approved as partial records in 2018 and collected in the same year. They were published incorrectly this month and will be removed from the Plan for Reviewing the Harvest Plans this week.
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