NS Bird Society meeting open to public

Subject: Southwest Chapter of Nova Scotia Bird Society

Hi All,

As usual our monthly meetings will be on the 4th Tuesday of each month from September through May (except December) at the Yarmouth County Museum and Archives at 7:00 pm.

Marcus Zwicker, general manager for WestFor Management Inc. will be the guest speaker at our first meeting this fall on Tuesday, September 24. The title of his talk will be “Managing Crown Forests in Western Nova Scotia.” Mr. Zwicker will cover the following topics in his talk:

  • Nova Scotia forests – A context for how we got to where we are now
  • The planning process – from model to forest to operations on the ground
  • How species at risk, habitats, and ecological values are incorporated at the landscape and stand level
  • What does the future hold for Nova Scotia forestry?


Biographical Sketch

Marcus Zwicker was born and grew up in Walden, Lunenburg Co., NS.  His education includes graduating from New Germany Rural High School, 2001, UNB BSc Forestry/Economics, 2006, University of Western Ontario MBA, 2012.  He resides in Bridgewater, NS with his wife Kate, sons Mason, Harrison and daughter Lucille.   He is currently a private woodlot owner, Christmas tree grower, and GM of WestFor Management Inc. He started working in the forest industry with his father and grandfather when he was 10 years old in their logging business and Christmas tree lot.  Over the past 20 or so years he has worked in the forests of Atlantic Canada, for but not limited to Turner and Turner Lumber Ltd, Looke Cancut, JD Irving Ltd in various roles across NB and NS from 2006 until 2016 including mill manager and operations superintendent

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Logging emissions studied.

Another study on clearcut and biomass burning for our politicians to read.  I have about 30 articles in this section of my collections.


7.3 Logging study reveals huge hidden emissions of the forestry industry (Le Page 10 September 2019 New Scientist)    –    ([1] But no one is counting all the carbon emissions associated with logging because international rules on how this should be done are wildly inadequate, says economist John Talberth at the Center for Sustainable Economy, an environmental think-tank based in Oregon, US. “The accounting rules were written by loggers for loggers,” he says. “That’s why you hear of agriculture as a big source of emissions, but not logging and wood products.” [2] His life-cycle analysis takes account of factors such as the carbon released as the roots of cut trees rot in the ground and the fertiliser, herbicides and pesticides applied to tree plantations. The conclusion: logging in North Carolina emits 44 million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year. [3] Talberth has carried out a study like this before. In 2017, he found that logging was the single biggest source of carbon emissions in Oregon. And an independent study by Oregon State University came to the same conclusion in 2018. [4] The good news is that Talberth’s study also showed that if land owners adopted “climate smart” practices, forests in North Carolina could soak up 3 gigatonnes of CO2 over two or three decades. That would cancel out 20 years of the state’s carbon emissions. [5] The main such practice would be to cut trees every 60 or 90 years rather than every 30 years or less. Those cuts should be done in small patches rather than clearcutting vast areas. And foresters should grow a mix of native species rather than monocultures of alien species. Such forests would store more carbon and support more wildlife.)

Le Page, Michael, Environment 10 September 2019. “Logging study reveals huge hidden emissions of the forestry industry.” New Scientist Read more: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2215913-logging-study-reveals-huge-hidden-emissions-of-the-forestry-industry/ (LINKS)

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World Cleanup Day Event September 21

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Solar workshops scheduled

Hello cherished Solar Nova Scotia Member or Friend!

Our two-hour Solar Electricity For Homes has been wildly successful and as promised, we have added a *bunch* more Learning Sessions all around the province!  

These presentations are designed to de-mystify the technology, the economics, and the process of getting solar panels on your home, for someone with no prior knowledge.

Below are the *new* Learning Sessions that we just scheduled; below that is the link to all of the Sessions.  We’ll be scheduling yet more in the near future.

* September 8, 2019     Parrsboro
* September 9, 2019     Truro
* September 10, 2019    Great Village
* September 23, 2019    Tatamagouche
* September 24, 2019    Amherst
* September 24, 2019    Tantallon
* September 25, 2019    Pugwash
* September 26, 2019    Stewiake
* October 21, 2019        Glace Bay Public Library
* October 22, 2019        North Sydney Public Library
* October 23, 2019        Sydney Public Library
* November 1, 2019      Paradise
* November 2, 2019      Middleton
* November 2, 2019      Annapolis

For the times, locations, how to register, and the full list of Learning Sessions, visit:


Daniel MacKay
Secretary, Solar Nova Scotia

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Public Archaeology Event

Have you ever discovered an ancient “artifact” on the beach or in the ground? Would you like to learn about what you’ve found? Archaeologists from the Canadian Museum of History, the Nova Scotia Museum, and the Mi’kmaq Rights Initiative in collaboration with experts from Acadia First Nation, are on the South, Yarmouth, and Acadian shores of Nova Scotia searching for endangered archaeological sites, and you can help.

Bring your found items to the Yarmouth County Museum on Saturday, August 17th from 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. An archaeologist will identify the object and tell you its approximate age. In return, they’ll photograph it and ask you where you found it. You’ll be helping them discover new archaeological sites, and may help them to preserve important sites endangered by climate change.

What’s The Point? Archaeology Show and Learn
Saturday, August 17th
From 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Yarmouth County Museum
22 Collins St, Yarmouth, NS B5A 3C8

–¬ 30 –¬


Matthew Betts
Curator, Atlantic Provinces Archaeology
Canadian Museum of History

For more information, visit historymuseum.ca and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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