Prevent Clearcutting in Round Hill

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The Nova Scotia Dept. of Natural Resources recently earmarked two lots in our community for clearcutting. We feel this is inappropriate, for several reasons.

First, the lots are too close to our community. For generations people have been using these woods for recreational activities such as hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, hunting and fishing. Clearcutting would eliminate any possible value in these lands for a generation or more and render them unsuitable for recreational activities for those who enjoy being in a forest setting.

Second, clearcutting could negatively effect the Round Hill River, the largest and most significant watershed between Allain River and Nictaux River. It was once an important salmon river and we have evidence that salmon are beginning to make a comeback there. Due to its combination of geology and vegetation the Round Hill River is better suited to buffer acidification than many other local rivers. Acid rain is still a serious issue in Western Nova Scotia and it is known that many fish eggs will not hatch in water with PH of 5 or below. Any activity around or near this watershed that could impair this river’s effectiveness in buffering acid rain should be prevented.

Clearcutting and exposing the soil in these lots would leave adjoining private woodlots vulnerable to erosion and damage from winds and storms, and make the land less able to absorb and retain rain water.  Some of us in the community have traditional gravity-fed spring water systems for our potable domestic water.  Clearcutting so near to these water sources risks negatively affecting the water table and the quality of drinking water.

Clearcutting would destroy the natural habitat of a wide variety of animals, plants and birds, which include pileated woodpeckers, barred owls, hermit thrushes, grouse and more. Also, these lands contain vernal springs and seasonal wetlands, potential habitat for the endangered Blandings turtle.

These are traditional Acadian forests, with a mix not only of white spruce and fir but also lots of red oak, white ash, red spruce and red maple, along with some yellow birch, beech, hemlock and white pine. Clearcutting would negatively affect the forest regeneration, by removing more valuable wood along with the less valuable trees.

Please help us send a clear message: No clearcutting in Round Hill!

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