The St. Margaret’s Bay Stewardship Association is calling on the public to submit comments to the Minister of Lands and Forestry, Iain Rankin at mindnr@novascotia.ca or directly through the Harvest Plans Map Viewer platform. The deadline for submission of comments is January 8, 2019.

The St. Margaret’s Bay Stewardship Association is calling on the Nova Scotia government to place an immediate moratorium on proposed cutting within the boundaries of the proposed Ingram River Wilderness Area until Nova Scotia Environment performs a full wilderness area assessment.

In 2016, when these same areas were slated to be clearcut, the St. Margaret’s Bay Stewardship Association, Scouts Canada, and the broader community came together in protest, saying the Ingram River Wilderness Area was simply too valuable to the thousands of annual visitors, including residents and tourists, to lose to clearcutting, which would affect the area for generations to come. The Stewardship Association’s board chair, Nick Horne, says the association is very upset that clearcutting is being considered within the boundaries of the proposed Wilderness Area, asking “What has changed? Why does the community have to fight this battle again?’.

Proposed Harvests within Boundaries of Proposed Ingram River Wilderness Area

The St. Margaret’s Bay Stewardship Association says diligence and consideration of the proposed wilderness area demand that the province conduct a full wilderness assessment before a single tree is cut down in the area. Says Horne, “The assessment must come first, as Nova Scotia will not get a second chance to do the right thing. These clearcuts will affect the area for many generations to come.” The Association board acknowledges that forestry is an essential industry, but there is a place for forestry to occur, and within the boundaries of a proposed Wilderness Area is not that place.

NOTE – The Canadian National Forestry Database defines a shelterwood as a clearcut (even-aged management) but the provincial Department of Lands and Forestry claims that it is a partial harvest (uneven-aged management).

Parcel HX068080
9.73 ha (24.03 a) – Uniform Shelterwood

This parcel borders on: 
1.the Old Annapolis Nature Reserve’s northern parcel (the Old Annapolis Nature Reserve is composed of three parcels) 
2. a 100 acre +- clearcut photographed with a drone (pictured below) 
3.The South-western shore of Big Indian Lake.
4.The Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute has assessed this area and has determined that this parcel contains Old Growth Forest- which would fall into DLF’s old forest protection, yet it has not yet been protected.

Parcel HX068687
22.53 ha (55.65 a) – Clearcut

This parcel borders on the above-depicted clearcut, - creating a 155 acre +- clearcut – the forest shown on the right of the photo – and would further fragment the Old Annapolis Nature Reserve.

Parcel HX06868 
7.28 ha (17.98 a) – Uniform Shelterwood

This parcel is about 100 m away from Rees Brook, the location of the photo below (close to where the brook flows into Rafter Lake), and 100 m away from the southern parcel of the Old Annapolis Nature Reserve.


Parcel HX068686 
30.02 ha (74.15 a) – Uniform Shelterwood

This parcel is the largest in the group and was one of the biggest clearcut deferrals from 2016 see https://www.cbc.ca/…/bowater-scout-island-clear-cutting-1.3… for more details). This parcel borders on Sandy Lake and would be the most prominent parcel in sight of Scout Island.

Parcel HX068092 
9.49 ha (23.44 a) – Clearcut

This parcel borders on Sandy Lake and is in close proximity to Scout Island, possibly visible from the island’s southern tip.

Parcel HX068092 
2.35 ha (5.8 a) – Clearcut

This small clearcut borders on the southern end of Sandy Lake and is quite close to the dam and fish ladder.

 

Parcel HX068405A 

11.75 ha (29.02 a) – Systematic Patch Cut

This parcel is south-east of Big St. Margaret’s Lake and east of Northwest Lakes.

 

Parcel HX068405
6.22 ha (15.36 a) and Parcel HX0684505B 3.67 ha (9.07 a) – Individual Tree Selection

These parcels are south-east of Big St. Margaret’s Lake and east of Northwest Lakes.