The trees of the Acadian forest have something to say. Ever since the Europeans arrived here, they’ve been patient, but they’ve put up with our foolishness long enough. It’s time for us to listen up. This past week, forester and law student Jamie Simpson took it upon himself to help them get the word out.
I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.
~ Dr Seuss, The Lorax
Last Friday Jamie put up a billboard between the two bridges in Halifax along much travelled Barrington Street to increase awareness of our government’s clearcutting policy. As you can see, in this larger version of the billboard photo, a picture truly is worth a thousand words.
Despite its promises, Nova Scotia’s NDP government has done nothing to stop whole harvesting of our Acadian forests. It’s not just wrong. In Jamie’s words: ‘It’s shameful.’ By allowing a loose definition of a clearcut in the fine print, despite its new policy, the NDP government continues to allow harvesters to transform more of our mixed growth forests (with the potential for partial harvesting) into mud pits.
Northern Pulp, the company that ravaged the tract of land shown above, was sold to Paper Excellence Canada, which in turn is owned by a conglomerate of Asian and European owners. Like the Lorax in Dr Seuss’ book of the same name, perhaps we need to get angry while also retaining a seed of hope. We need to tell our government representatives that they have to be more creative in finding a solution that works both for the forests and the forest workers. Now, before our landscape is ravaged any further.
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.
~ Dr Seuss, The Lorax
For more information concerning the decline of Nova Scotia’s forests since the arrival of Europeans, see my earlier post on The Fall of the Tall Trees.
To help Jamie get the word out, visit his website for a list of government contacts at Clearcut Nova Scotia: What to do. MLA Becky Kent is the representative for Cole Harbour/Eastern Passage. Her contact information is listed here.
Text copyright Amy-Lynn Bell 2012.
All photos shown courtesy of Jamie Simpson.