Cutting concerns residents

Andrew Wagstaff
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Dick Elliott has spent a lot of time in the woods, but hes never seen the likes of this.

Cutting concerns residents

Dick Elliott has spent a lot of time in the woods, but hes never seen the likes of this.

Gazing out at acres of chopped forest in this wooded area, he spoke of his concerns about a recent cutting operation, and the effect it might have on local wildlife.

Scotts were bad enough, but I never saw anyone cut like this before, said Elliott, a Parrsboro resident who travels the wooded roads often to go fishing with his wife.

The cutting the couple is taking issue with is being done by Wagner Forest NS in various spots on what is locally known as Red River Road, between North Greville and New Salem.

Elliott, who used to work with wood cutting operations himself, said he believes they are cutting too much. For example, he pointed to one small stand of trees in the middle of a cutting zone, which looked like a strong wind could knock it down. He guessed it was supposed to be a wildlife island mandated by provincial regulations.

You couldnt put a hen in there, he said. Maybe theres room for a rabbit, if hes small.

He is worried about the wildlife, and fears the animals are having fewer and fewer places to turn for refuge. He pointed to bears as an example of a wildlife species that is being sighted more and more lately, and suggested that could be due to the cutting.

A bear was something you never saw in the woods if it saw you first, said Elliott. Now they stand out on the side of the road.

No complaints about the cutting have been made to the local Department of Natural Resources office, according to forestry technician Stan Corbett. He said he was through the area when cutting began in the spring but had not been back since, therefore could not offer an opinion on the validity of Elliotts claims.

But forestry companies have to follow stringent guidelines set out by the department, he explained.

They have to follow regulations for the amount of green belts along brooks, all the regulations for the size of green stands they have to leave in the middle of cutovers for wildlife purposes, and they have to leave a trail and corridor for wildlife in regards to the regulation of the length and width of it, he said.

Complaints are investigated and could result in charges, according to Corbett.

Based out of Truro, Wagner Forest NS Ltd. could not be reached for comment.

Organizations: Department of Natural Resources, Wagner Forest NS

Geographic location: Parrsboro, Red River Road, North Greville New Salem Truro

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