For over a year, I and other woodsmen/homesteaders/organic-permaculture farmers around the province have been telling Nova Scotians that the government is allowing the illegal cutting down of old forests for pulp wood. NS government has ignored this because apparently it’s “good for the economy”, and they have given NS forestry the ability to “police” themselves. I have photographed this ongoing destruction at various sites. You won’t see this from the roads. It’s often tucked away behind a hedge of trees or in folds of hills so it’s not obvious to passersby. This is one old forest that was destroyed, probably to feed the Pictou County pulp mill, over the last year. In the first image, my wife and daughter stand near a great tree for scale. In the second, taken middle summer, you can see the loggers going to work. I figure they’ve cut about 100 acres in this image. In the third section, taken yesterday, they have leveled roughly a square mile (640 acres) of old forest. The cut is so large, I had to zoom way back to squeeze it all in and still couldn’t get all of it in the photo. Why? Either biofuel or for the pulp mill, to make toilet paper or fuel pellets to sell to the “green minded” Europeans, where green really means buying the environmental destruction of other places of the world.
What Nova Scotia Forestry Does When Government Lets It Police Itself