Under the title "SCIENCE NOT ACCEPTED", the Chronicle-Herald published the following from the HFC's Bob Bancroft and Donna Crossland:
Mike Parker’s forestry article (Oct. 29) brings to mind the provincial government-sponsored phase 2 science panel in 2009-2010 that followed Voluntary Planning’s comprehensive public consultations. The forest panel consisted of the two of us as well as Jon Porter — all with academic credentials. We were to apply scientific knowledge to the demonstrated public will for change.
Mr. Porter was a woodlands manager for a pulp company at the time. Time and time again we would put relevant science on the table that Porter would dismiss, yet offer no other perspectives other than the status quo to forest management.
Mike Parker has it right — they ignore the science.
Porter’s pulp company subsequently went under and he lost the job. He’s now a senior bureaucrat in the Department of Natural Resources.
Our Nova Scotia forests are being run on the same broken, outdated, doomed business model as Porter’s pulp company.
We need a change of command.
Donna Crossland, Tupperville
Bob Bancroft , Pomquet