NDP questions Liberals’ hasty decision about clearcutting near Keji
October 27, 2016
For immediate release.
HALIFAX – The NDP is raising questions about the Liberal government’s decision to approve clearcutting of 94 hectares of crown land near the border of Kejimkujik National Park. The Minister has deferred a decision on just six hectares in advance of a review from Parks Canada about possible impacts of the clearcutting. The area to be clear cut is slightly larger than the Town of Shelburne.
“It is concerning that Minister Hines has approved clearcutting on the edge of something as important as a national park, without all the information,” said NDP Critic for Natural Resources Sterling Belliveau. “It seems like common sense that before clearcutting, the Minister should discuss the impacts with Parks Canada.”
In August, the Liberal government revealed that they were moving away from the NDP government commitment to reducing clearcutting by 50 per cent. In 2014, clearcutting on crown land was 71 per cent, up from 64 per cent in 2013. The lands adjacent to Kejimkujik are part of the Bowater lands converted to crown land.
“Our forest are an important economic resource and are valued by many Nova Scotians for recreational activities. I want to see what proof the Minister has that this decision will not impact nearby protected areas,” said Belliveau.
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