Proposed clearcut near pending expansion of protected wilderness area sparks concern

By Emma Smith
CBC News
October 9, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

A proposed clearcut near Nova Scotia’s largest protected wilderness area is worrying environmentalists and nearby residents who say it’s a troubling sign of things to come. At stake is about 20 hectares of forest on the edge of a pending expansion to the Tobeatic Wilderness Area, a haven for endangered woodland moose that stretches into five counties around Kejimkujik National Park. The province’s harvest plans map viewer shows a proposed clearcut and several “partial harvests” to the southeast of the area on Crown land in Queens County. What it doesn’t show is about 150 adjacent hectares that have been set aside for protection, but are still awaiting approval. …The public comment period for the proposed harvests closed at the beginning of September and the decision will soon go to the Department of Natural Resources for review.

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