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Major Nova Scotia sawmill to shut down, throwing 150 out of work

Freeman Lumber cites closure of Northern Pulp, lack of wood chip markets as the cause.
Western Nova Scotia’s last major sawmill is shutting down.
Freeman Lumber announced Thursday that the Greenfield-based outfit could no longer afford to operate due to a lack of markets for wood chips following the closure of the Northern Pulp mill earlier this year.

The move means the loss of about 150 jobs, millions of dollars in the local economy in Queens County and surrounding areas and spillover into the broader forestry industry.
“It’s terribly troubling,” co-owner Richard Freeman said in a phone interview.
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Port Hawesbury Paper not taking more wood

Point Tupper: The last major mill in the province has stopped accepting wood deliveries.
The decision comes as Port Hawkesbury Paper (PHP) deals with the declining market and now the added effects from the novel coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic.
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Perfect Storm Shutting Nova Scotia Sawmills

As of April 3 there will only be one large sawmill left buying wood in Nova Scotia.
The secondary markets found for wood chips after Northern Pulp shut have been falling through as COVID-19 sent tumbling a series of economic dominoes.
Without a market or even a destination for their wood chips this province’s sawmills are shutting the gates to their woodyards and some have already shut down production.
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High production, ecosystem management: A glimpse of Nova Scotia forestry’s future

Drastic change is coming to management of 1.85-million hectares of Nova Scotia.
The Crown owns a third of the total landmass of Nova Scotia.
Consultation closes Friday on two documents that give the first significant insights into how the Department of Lands and Forestry wants to implement the recommendations of the much-touted Lahey Report.
Their titles, Nova Scotia Silviculture of the Ecological Matrix and High Production Forestry Criteria, are a mouthful.
But the documents lay out in detail how the department intends to choose lands for industrial-scale forestry versus ecological conscious harvests and how those lands would be managed over the long term.
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Biodiversity Act could return to Province House this session

Lands and Forestry Minister Iain Rankin says his government’s Biodiversity Act could come back to Province House for further debate this session after it was halted about a year ago.
The government introduced the first-of-its-kind legislation in March 2019. The bill is intended to manage threats to ecosystems and better protect wild species. But it quickly generated concerns from environmentalists, the forest industry and private woodlot owners. Some felt the act didn’t go far enough, while others deemed it an overreach that gave the minister too much power.

Rankin shelved the bill last April in response to criticism in order to do more consultation.
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Nova Scotia announces rebate for investments in forestry operations

The Nova Scotia government has launched a program it believes will help the forestry sector adopt new technology and approaches to become a more competitive and sustainable sector.
In a release issued Feb. 13, the province announced the Forestry Innovation Rebate Program for forestry companies that invest in their operations to grow, diversify and increase competitiveness in global markets.
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