Public land and wildlife continue to be destroyed, yet are absent from industry costs
Pulp companies use softwoods like spruce to manufacture paper products. They obtain leases to cut wood on Crown land, in forests owned by the public.
The leases allow them to cut hardwood trees on Crown land.
When other energy prices, such as natural gas, soar, it becomes economic to burn hardwoods in the Point Tupper biomass plant to produce electricity, at an efficiency rate of less than 21.5 per cent. To put this in perspective, a woodstove can have an efficiency rate about 80 per cent to produce heat.
Margins go up and margins go down, but one important aspect not factored into this equation as corporations adapt to profit, is the cost to wildlife. Animals are crushed under heavy equipment as they cower in their dens. Songbirds made their homes in these forests.
They are nowhere on the financial statement. The cost to wildlife can be the ultimate price…
Read the rest of this terrific article on forestry which our friend and FON Conservation Award winner Bob Bancroft recently published in the Herald: http://thechronicleherald.ca/business/1543413-commentary-chipping-our-forests-on-the-cheap
Also a friendly reminder that if you haven’t renewed your Friends of Nature membership this would be a great time to do so. You can renew or join on our website! It’s important to our conservation efforts that we are able to tell politicians we represent a large number of Nova Scotians.
Many thanks for your interest and support.
Syd Dumaresq, Chair Friends of Nature.