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LETTER: Nova Scotia forest collapse looming

A photo of clearcut lands in 2014. The forestry industry seems to be approaching crisis. Nova Scotia ought not to be caught unawares.
A photo of clearcut lands in 2014. - 123RF Stock Photo

Forestry in Nova Scotia was recently likened to mining. We should all be upset.

Statistics Canada data for Nova Scotia from 2000 to 2016 (the last year of available data) shows that,  per area harvested, the number of people working in forest-related industries has been dropping steadily by 50 per cent, and the overall profit from the industry has fallen by 35 per cent. Fewer people are employed, and the total revenue extracted from our forests is decreasing, and much of this revenue leaves the province.

At the current rate, all of Nova Scotia will have been clearcut in 60-80 years. There will be low-quality trees that have grown back, but all we will be able to do is burn or chip them.

We should have learned from the demise of cod fishing and its impact on local communities that we cannot treat nature as if its purpose is solely the profit of big business. After the moratorium on cod fishing in the early 1990s, the industry was supposed to be revived. Almost 30 years later, and where are we? Will it be the same in forestry?

Soren Bondrup-Nielsen, Canning

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