Nova Scotia

Biologist denied forestry honours over 'disharmony'

Bob Bancroft's induction into the Nova Scotia forestry Hall of Fame has been postponed indefinitely.

Bob Bancroft's induction into the Nova Scotia forestry Hall of Fame has been postponed indefinitely.

Bancroft is a woodlot owner and retired biologist. He called for major reductions in clearcutting when he was consulted as part of the province's natural resources strategy.

In February, the Registered Professional Foresters Association told him he was being inducted into its hall of fame.

Bancroft booked a table in advance of Thursday's ceremony. But he found out last week that he won't be honoured.

"I have no idea what's happening," he told CBC News.

"I certainly have been on the environmental side of the forestry end of things and there are a lot of folks who don't want change. But I wasn't given a reason."

Ian Millar, executive director of the foresters association, said the timing isn't right.

"Bob had done a lot to promote harmony between the industrial forestry side and the environmental side. However, recent emails he wrote kind of blew that out of the water and promoted disharmony," said Millar.

Two weeks ago, Bancroft sent an email to another forestry group critical of its decision to invite a U.S. consultant as its only speaker.

Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker said he had no comment on the hall of fame issue.

Award winner

Bancroft was a forest biologist with the Department of Natural Resources for 18 years.

He was named Woodlot Owner of the Year in 2007. Last year, he received an award from the Canadian Institute of Forestry in recognition of his effort to improve public awareness of forestry issues.

An ecologist in New Brunswick nominated Bancroft for inclusion into Nova Scotia's forestry hall of fame.

Nominations can stand for up to five years.

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