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Sunday, December 01, 2019

Forest loss from 2000 - 2018

The red dots on the pic above represent Nova Scotia's forest loss from 2000 to 2018.

That's a lot of trees.

Some of cuts were for development.  Many were forestry clearcuts and presumably will grow back with a new crop of trees.

I've walked thru a few clearcuts.  The ones I've been in never seem to come back anywhere close to the type of forest that was there before the clearcut.  Maybe you've had a different experience?

Nova Scotia Needs Forestry -- if we're cutting valuable timber down and its not coming back in a usable form, where are the trees going to come from?

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A big shout out to everyone who responded to my last post

The picture comes from an online resource called Global Forest Change  They use satellite imagery to measure forest loss, forest gain and percent of forest cover --- for the entire planet.  The interface is a Google Map so its very easy to navigate.  Its also very fast on my very slow internet connection :-)

I compared our personal experience with clearcuts with the results from the Global Forest Change map for Lunenburg County and it was spot on -- and a whole bunch more that I couldn't see from the road.



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