The Eastern Shore Forest Watch
Association was founded in 1998 by a group of concerned citizens who support a vision of sustainable forest practices. Members of ESFWA understand
that humans are but one of hundreds of species in any region, each of which is important in its own right as an integral part
of the ecological web.
Members include established Eastern Shore families and new residents, woodlot owners, foresters,
business owners and professionals, teenagers and octogenarians, all deeply concerned about the health and future of our forests
and wild lands.
Simply stated, we address local environmental issues as they emerge, with reasoned argument and passion
for the Earth.
What We Do
- Encourage legislation which mandates the highest standards for forest practices
on public and private land
- Sponsor public education events to underline the vital links between
healthy forests, clean air, clean water and healthy rural communities
- Advocate for more protected
wild lands in Nova Scotia
- Participate as active members in the Otter Ponds Demonstration Forest, located in
Mooseland -- an experiment in innovative, ecologically-sustainable forestry
- Creation of Otter Ponds Demonstration
Forest -- beginning 2010
- Designation of Ship Harbour Long Lake Wilderness Area in 2009 - championed for over a decade by ESFWA
- Honour in the Woods --
an ESFWA-produced film on local, low-impact alternatives to industrial forestry
- Development of the Forestry Directory: Resources for Woodland
Owners -- 2008
education surrounding environmental impacts of mining
Action Centre's Sunshine Award (2009) given to a group who has made a particularly
effective effort on an environmental issue in Nova Scotia
Scotia Environmental Network's Langille Honour
in the Woods Award (2009) given to a group who has worked hard to preserve and protect Nova Scotia's
We Need Your Help
|Rescued deer released in SHLL Wilderness area
Becoming a member is your opportunity to support and sustain our work. The more paid-up
members in Forest Watch, the more influence we have with our elected officials. It's as simple as that.
keep our membership fees very low because we value inclusiveness. ESFWA has always been blessed with generous donations,
both monetary and in-kind, from our dedicated volunteers. They have contributed thousands of pages of printing and photocopying,
driven hundreds of kilometers to attend meetings (paying for their own gas), and provided much-needed refreshments at crucial
times without seeking reimbursement.
Forest Watch is a very frugal organization - which is a good thing because
fund-raising is not our strong suit! When given the choice of devoting our energies to doing our environmental
work or to raising money for it, the dedication to the environment wins hands-down. But the more we are, the more we
can do. Join us now!
are Forest Watch's lifeblood. On this page, we celebrate the lives of people who worked long and hard for Forest Watch.
Though they are no longer with us, we remember them with love and affection.
Musician, Episcopal priest and teacher, with omnivorous curiosity about the world, Hank's life was interrupted while he
was busy with project ideas to enhance his Clam Harbour home and garden, where he had lived in joy with Barbara for over 25
years. Although legally blind for nearly a decade he remained passionately involved in music, a generous teacher and
an eternally ardent student, especially of organ and choral music. He worked tirelessly to restore his tiny corner of
the Acadian forest, to foster respect for our fragile planet, to rebuild his beloved Haiti, and to promote intelligent,
visionary and humane leadership in all spheres.
Hank built his
soul with joy, love, beauty and music. He left an enduring musical legacy on the Eastern Shore, the gift of Musical
Friends, our community chorus founded in 1985. He also left his musical mark in Haiti, where he founded a
children's choir which soon attracted an international reputation. For over half a century Les Petits
Chanteurs has made music and helped to educate the choristers, lifting countless families out of poverty. He would
urge his choruses, and everybody else, to sing until they vibrated with joy.
Hank took delight in the blessings of this world, good food and wine, great art and architecture, beautiful landscapes
and wonderful gardens. In his own garden he cherished the "volunteers" just as much as the plants he chose
with such care. He marveled at the texture of stone, wood and fabric, delighted in the miracles of daisies, irises and
chickadees, clouds, ocean waves, sunsets and meteor showers. He knew how to lift his eyes from pedestrian reality
and really see the awesome beauty of this world.
about peak oil from one of his remarkable high school teachers - in 1939! - and it was a lesson that informed his life.
He saw first-hand the catastrophe of deforestation in Haiti. In New York in 1969 he started a newspaper recycling
program. As a member of Forest Watch he wrote many thunderous, prophetic letters to the editor, never missing
an opportunity to speak out strongly to protect our precious earth. He knew that it is good to plant trees that we will
never sit under.
Hank revelled in a passion for
creative ritual. He celebrated large and small occasions with exuberant delight. He taught the ancient tradition
of feasting and fasting, with his personal emphasis on feasting. Every occasion had its music and its feast. He
introduced his family of heart to the liturgical octave, a concept which extends the celebration of a major feast (such as
a birthday) for at least eight days; longer if an extended octave is required to fit in all the festivities. He
enjoyed playfulness and eccentricities, announcing when he reached the age of 85, that he was now to be called "Ancient
of Days." Although his physical eyesight failed, his soul's vision never did.
Hank was on a lifelong quest for spiritual wholeness. He rejoiced in experiencing this world as fluid
vibrations rather than solid matter. He was curious about death and prepared to greet it as the next adventure.
When he left this plane of reality on November 28, 2010 he bequeathed to us his enduring hope in the potential of human beings
to become truly enlightened, so that we would love one another, and protect our glorious Earth.
See full obituary ...
Chief Seattle once said, "Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within
it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together -- all things connect. "
Joyce LaChance understood this connectedness. All her life she collected unusual objects and eclectic pieces of inspirational
writing which she linked to her life and shared in ingenious ways with those around her. She drew inspiration from connections,
especially those in nature.
Joyce attended the founding meeting of the Eastern Shore Forest Watch
back in 1998, driven by her enormous love and passion for the natural world. This passion kept her central to the operation
of Forest Watch until her passing in 2005. She cared deeply for her community, and for the land where she raised her amazing
Joyce saw the big picture and worked in myriad ways at affecting change. She always had
petition in her pocket, and when Joyce asked in her own special way for a signature, many people signed. She constantly engaged
people in discussion, one on one, to explore the issues dear to her. Her ability to reach out and make personal connections,
whether door to door, sitting at a table, or attending endless meetings, has contributed hugely to the increased awareness
and appreciation for our forests that is taking place on the Shore today.
Finding ways to protect
Ship Harbour Long Lake from clear cutting and development was central to her activist work. That that land is now a protected
wilderness area has much to do with foundational work Joyce contributed. Joyce was also a long-time active member of the Trails
Association, giving steady and committed care to the Musquodoboit Trail. She had a vision of an international environmental
learning centre based on the Eastern Shore... she would be thrilled at what is happening at The Old School and The Deanery
Joyce had a name that begins with "joy." Joy in life is part of her legacy to
us, along with the strength, creativity, and passion that filled her heart.
Website updated 16 September 2016
EasternShore Forest Watch Association:
General Delivery, Head of Jeddore, Nova Scotia, B0J 1P0, Canada