For immediate release – July 26, 2017
Things just got a whole lot sunnier in Shelburne County recently with news that the tender for the new Shelburne Medical Clinic was awarded by the Province to Rikjak Construction Limited of Lunenburg on July 14th at a cost of $2,878,000. Warden Penny Smith of the Municipality of Shelburne is excited about the news.
“We are so pleased that the province has awarded this tender and work has begun with Rikjak Construction to begin planning the site work in August. Our community has waited a long time for this facility and to finally see the tender awarded is great news for our citizens and our medical community to know that it will soon become a reality. Premier Stephen McNeil and Minister Mark Furey came to our community in April and committed to seeing this project move forward and we are so pleased that they have followed through on their promise.”
Municipality of Shelburne has been an ardent supporter of the project and health care in general by contributing $450,000 to the capital costs of the new facility and recently announcing another $500,000 towards physician recruitment and retention over the next five years. “Our physician recruitment efforts in conjunction with Roseway Hospital Charitable Foundation and Nova Scotia Health Authority are now paying dividends with Dr. Ryan Pawsey planning to start his practice in our community in August,” said Warden Smith. “There are so many great things happening right now in Shelburne County and this adds another positive development for our area.”
Warden Penny Smith
On Oct. 9, 2014 the Department of Natural Resources announced 10-year licenses for mills to harvest on Western Crown lands. On Oct. 23, to begin public engagement around fibre harvesting, the department began to post maps on a county-by-county basis, that indicate where harvesting will take place and what harvesting method will be used. Each map also includes a closing date for public comments on each of the proposed harvest sites, which is 20 days after the harvest site is first posted; the department will respond to those comments within 10 days.
Harvesting will either be a partial harvest or clear-cut. To learn more about the harvesting types prescribed on Crown lands, please visit http://novascotia.ca/natr/forestry/programs/timberman/harvesting.asp. To learn more about the definition of a clear-cut please visit http://novascotia.ca/natr/strategy/clear-cut-definition.asp
If a planned harvest method is changed to clear-cut for any reason, that map will also be updated and there will be an additional 7 to 10 day comment period.
All Crown land timber harvesting prescriptions are made objectively by applying field data collected during a pre-treatment assessment (PTA). This information is collected by a forest professional who is trained and certified to perform pre-treatment assessments. This data is then applied through Forest Management Guide’s (FMG) which are based on decades of forest research (http://novascotia.ca/natr/forestry/programs/timberman/pta.asp).
Every proposed harvest plan on Crown lands goes through an in-depth review by an Integrated Resource Management (IRM) team comprised of foresters, biologists, and other resource professionals who provide recommendations and are responsible for approvals for each proposed operation. If approved, each plan is then monitored by department staff during and after operations to ensure compliance with all applicable rules and regulations.
The public can sign up for notifications of updates to the Harvest Plan Map Viewer (HPMV) at the following website: https://novascotia.ca/natr/forestry/fibre-allocation/ . These notifications include summaries of proposed plans being added, sorted by county.
The HPMV has a tool available which allows for sending comments directly by clicking on the applicable harvest plan.
Your comment will automatically include the harvest area reference number indicated on the map. After the comment period closes, a 3-point scale will be used that will provide a measure of the relevance and impact of each comment. The Licensees may begin harvesting on any plan for which no comments have been received or which the department determines there is insufficient need to postpone the harvest.
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