Preserve the Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Traditional Uses of Hardwood Hill forest

Preserve the Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Traditional Uses of Hardwood Hill forest

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Bev Wigney started this petition to Stephen McNeil and

Recently, many of us here in Annapolis County, Nova Scotia, were saddened to discover that the Crown land forest known to local residents as "Hardwood Hill" has been targeted for a proposed "harvest".  The forest is home to many species of wildlife and plants.  People of this area visit the forest to walk, birdwatch, harvest wild mushrooms, hunt and to fish in the brook that flows nearby.  It's also a place of local historic interest as there is an old settlement road that passes through. There are many wonderful large Hemlock and White Pine, as well a younger Beech and Yellow Birch trees providing habitat for wildlife.  

We are told that the forest will be slated for a "patch cut" with stands of trees removed.  We are concerned that once the harvest is approved, the biodiversity will be compromised as a logging road is built to access the forest that grows at the top of a high ridge.  We are also concerned about the loss of Ecosystem Services provided by this forest.  A harvest would release all of the carbon which it has sequestered in the trees and soil.  There will be a threat of serious erosion caused by the building of a logging road, and through tree removal.  The forest is boggy, with many seeps and springs flowing off of the ridge and down the steep hillsides.  Nearby residents are greatly concerned about flooding and serious erosion onto their properties once the mitigating actions of the forest are altered.  They have genuine cause for concern as clear-cutting of an adjacent forest tract about 10 years ago created ongoing problems with flooded basements and well water quality.

We are asking for your support to help us preserve the biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and traditional uses of Hardwood Hill.  We feel that this forest has greater value for the habitat that it provides to wildlife, for its role in capturing carbon, for its geological stabilization and protection of the Spurr Brook watershed, and for its recreational and historic significance, than as "harvested wood fibre" which seems likely to be destined for a pulp mill, or to be incinerated as "biomass" in a power generator.  Please help us to save Hardwood Hill by signing our petition.  

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