October Minutes

These are the minutes of the October 2nd Board Meeting. They are subject to approval at the Novembewr meeting. However, they have been reviewed by the members of the Board for consistency with their understanding of discussion and accuracy of recording.

Tusket River Environmental Protection Association

Board of Directors Meeting

October 2nd, 2019


Present: Dan Earle, John Sollows, Jean Cleveland, Ginny Smith, Barrie MacGregor, John Morris, Eko Raharjo, Nicola Roberts-Fenton, Mike Raynard, Roy Fudge

Regrets: Dianne Klomp, Debbie Sullivan, and Jennifer Cunningham. 

Agenda: Several items were added to the agenda. It was moved by Barrie, seconded by John Morris and carried that the agenda be approved as amended. 

Minutes: It was moved by Mike seconded by Jean and carried that the minutes of the last meeting be approved as distributed. 

Finance Report: A comprehensive financial report had been circulated prior to the meeting by the treasurer. John indicated some items that will have to be changed. It was moved by Barrie, seconded by Roy and carried that the financial report be approved as amended. 

Executive Director’s Report: John Sollows indicated that it would be covered under agenda items. 

Old Business

  1. Carleton River Water Quality Monitoring: Sampling will be finished up in October. It appeared that some of the last samples sent in had been mixed up by the testing company. 
  2. Summer Student: The final payment had been received. 
  3. Op Eds: TREPA has produced nothing recently but there has been a lot of general coverage locally and internationally on climate change. 
  4. Executive Director’s tasks: John has included this in his report but will break it out into a separate document. Board members are asked to review the list with the idea that members will pick up the items. 

New Business: 

  1. Volunteer strategy: A request had been received to help volunteering with a regional body Mersey-Tobeatic Research Institute. It was generally agreed to wait for further information before taking any actionJohn had previously circulated the initial project draft as well as another for a related project (Clean the Tusket). A TREPA Board member is requested to take the lead on these initiatives, and TREPA can set terms as to its level of participation. John will recirculate.. 
  2. Oyster Acquaculture and Eel Grass: It was generally agreed that this would be a good topic for presentation at the AGM in 2020. 
  3. CRK Allan Reserve: Roy reported that he and Barrie had visited in the previous week. The sign had been shot up with a shotgun. However there had been little traffic on the site itself. They also noted the locations of NS Nature Trust 2 parcels of land and the Canadian Nature Conservancy parcel as well. 
  4. Association Goals: Barrie had circulated the document developed the previous year on association goals. It was agreed to carry it forward to the next meeting with board members requested to review it for further action. 
  5. Property Observation: A request had been received for TREPA to help in observing a property that may be put under protection. It was agreed to wait for further input before making any agreement. 
  6. Avalon: Roy and John Sollows had met recently with Avalon, the company that has an interest in re-opening the tin mine. Avalon indicated that it is still working on the project and will keep TREPA posted on any future developments. 
  7. Sustainable Prosperity Act: Ginny provided some input that came from YETT. The first and foremost aim should be the act of lowering GHG emissions to Net Zero by 2050.  Netukulimk is the term used in the act to describe that sustainable development must meet the goals Of the IPCC agreement without compromising future generations i.e. a renewable resource cannot be used at a rate faster than its regeneration capability.  To that end, here are some of the suggestions we provided: No further oil and gas exploration permits, replace fossil fuels with renewables for electricity generation by 2030. Employ electric buses and other forms of rural transportation.   Support Solar garden cooperatives, plant trees, carbon pricing for all, expand Efficiency NS programs, retrofit all social housing and government buildings to carbon neutral by 2040.
  8. Executive Committee: The following were nominated to be the executive to the 2021 AGM. 

President: Barrie MacGregor

Vice President: John Morris

Secretary: Nicola Roberts-Fenton

Treasurer: Dianne Klomp

It was moved by Barrie, seconded by Mike that the nominations be approved as presented. 

Next meeting: As Solar Nova Scotia is doing a presentation on November 6th it was agreed to have the next TREPA meeting on November 13th at 7:00 pm at Beacon Church pending availability. 

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 7:50 pm. 

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September minutes

These are the minutes of the September 4th Board Meeting. They are subject to approval at the October meeting. However, they have been reviewed by the members of the Board for consistency with their understanding of discussion and accuracy of recording.

 Tusket River Environmental Protection Association

Board of Directors Meeting


September 4th, 2019

The meeting of the Board of Directors of TREPA September 4th, 2019 was held at the Main Street office, in Yarmouth beginning at 7 pm. Meeting chaired by president Dan Earle

Present-Barrie MacGregor, John Sollows, John Morris, Dan Earle, Eko Raharjo, Jennifer Cunningham, Roy Fudge, Mike Raynard and Nicola Roberts-Fenton. 

Regrets: Ginny Smith, Jean Cleveland, Dianne Klomp, Debbie Sullivan

Approval Agenda– It was moved by Barrie, seconded by Mike and carried that the agenda be approved as amended. 

Approval  Minutes– It was moved by Roy, seconded by Mike and carried that the minutes of the last meeting be approved as circulated.

Treasurer’s Report-Dianne reported by email that the financial report would be available by the end of the week and circulated to board members.

Old Business:

1. Carleton River Water Quality Monitoring: John reported that the chemistry was completed for the summer and that the data was coming in. 

2. Summer Students: MacKenzie Upton is finished for the summer, salary paid up. She circulated a general report to board members. She had also completed several other reports and John S. agreed to circulate them to board members. John S. and board members expressed enthusiastic satisfaction with her work. 

The students hired for the fish count had completed their work earlier in the summer. DFO had sent grant payment to TREPA for direct deposit. 

3. OP Eds –None from TREPA.  

4. Executive Committee: Barrie reminded board members that by the October meeting the association will need volunteers for secretary and vice president. The vice president will be expected to take over as president in 2021. Volunteers to contact Barrie. 

5. CRK Allan Reserve: John S. recommended that someone visit the reserve to see if any damage had been done since his last visit earlier in the summer. Roy and Barrie agreed to visit in the next couple of weeks. 


  1. Planing Advisory Committee: Barrie and Roy attended the most recent PAC meeting of the Municipality of Yarmouth. Barrie reported that the issue re a development in Dayton was the item of concern. After some discussion the committee passed a motion to have the concern referred to Council. 
  2. Minutes Presentation: After some discussion it was moved by John M., seconded by Mike and carried that in future the first draft of board minutes shall be circulated to all board members for comment. Comments to be made to the secretary within 48 hours. The amended minutes will be circulated a second time to board members for additional review. Once all amendments are incorporated the minutes can be put on the web site. 
  3. Boat Launch on Lake Vaughan: Barrie had received a complaint about an unsanctioned boat launch recently created adjacent to the bridge in Raynardton. It was generally agreed that this was not a matter for TREPA and that the complainant be encouraged to seek the advice of appropriate government authorities. 
  4. Nova Scotia Nature Trust and Seal Island: John S. reported that the NS Nature Trust was looking for volunteers as observers for Seal Island. John made several suggestions he will pass on to the Nature Trust particularly related to working with users of the island. 
  5. Ash Seed Collection: There is currently a concern regarding the Emerald Ash Borer that is killing ash trees. As a remedy seed collection from healthy trees is being encouraged. Anyone can collect seeds from the white ash, but seeds from the black ash have to be collected by a qualified technician. Sarah Adams who will be coming down to collect in September. Members are encouraged to inform John or Sarah if they know of any black ash locations. 
  6. Executive Director Replacement: John S. reported to the board that he will be stepping down as Executive Director effective the 2020 Annual Meeting. He then will then take a six month absence from TREPA and will consider coming on the board as a director. It was generally agreed that John draw up a list of his current functions and between now and the AGM the jobs will be parceled out to others. 
  7. Bills: It was moved by Roy seconded by John M. and carried, that all bills be paid as presented. 
  8. Adjournment: It was moved by John Morris that the meeting be adjourned. 

Next meeting: October 2nd, 2019 at 7:00 pm at the TREPA office on Main Street, Yarmouth. 

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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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