Nova Scotians will have an opportunity to enhance their understanding of sustainable forest management through a working demonstration forest. The forest, in the Mooseland area at Otter Ponds, HRM, will promote the philosophy, science, and practice of uneven-aged forest management in the Acadian Forest. It was established by the province, Northern Pulp, and the Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners and Operators Association, with help from community and environmental groups. The operating agreement for the project was signed today, June 22. A new division under the woodlot owners and operators association, the Otter Ponds demonstration forest division, will manage the initiative. The division will include members from the Ecology Action Centre, the Eastern Shore Forest Watch Association, and the Mooseland and Area Community Association. “This is an excellent example of collaboration among government, the forest industry, environmental and community groups,” said John MacDonell, Minister of Natural Resources. “A healthy and sustainably managed forest is vital in creating good jobs, growing the economy, and to the quality of life of all Nova Scotians.” The demonstration site will be managed and operated as a working woodlot, producing timber for processing and maintaining a sustainable ecosystem. “Northern Pulp is very proud to be part of the Otter Ponds demonstration forest project,” said Mike McLarty, timberlands manager for Northern Pulp. “We have been managing our forests sustainably for over 40 years and believe education and research are an integral part of growing healthy forests in Nova Scotia. This collaborative effort is an opportunity for industry, government, and non-government organizations to work toward this common goal.” This project will test resource management options, and build on best practices. “The four diverse non-government organizations of the Otter Ponds demonstration forest division are ready to get this project underway,” said Wade Prest, director of the Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners and Operators Association, and secretary of the new division. “The Otter Ponds block is ideally suited for uneven-aged forestry and holds important water, wildlife, biodiversity, and social values that will be enhanced by our management approach. This challenging project offers a wide range of potential benefits for all Nova Scotians.” The working forest will also allow for field testing silviculture techniques and restoration practices. “The Ecology Action Centre applauds the government for allowing this demonstration of progressive forestry on Crown land,” said Jamie Simpson, forestry program co-ordinator with the Ecology Action Centre. “With time, the Otter Ponds forest will become an ‘open air’ classroom for anyone interested in learning and sharing ideas about forestry and ecology, on-the-ground and in the woods.” For more information, contact the Otter Ponds demonstration forest division at 902-772-2211.
Asked how she felt about the incident, Horseman replied: “Horrible, I felt bad, sick … like that could have been my child.”Cross-examining Horseman, Andrew Macfarlane, prosecuting, asked why her account given to the police while interviewed as a witness differed from her evidence in court.”Because I didn’t have a lawyer to help me. I was not in the right frame of mind,” she replied. I can’t remember specifically what happened. I am not good on video.”Mr Macfarlane asked why Horseman never mentioned saying anything to Walters before the weapon was fired.”Jordan didn’t hear what I said,” she replied.The barrister asked: “What was it you said?” Horseman replied: “I can’t remember.”Mr Macfarlane asked Horseman about the firing of an air rifle in her two-bedroom flat.”Is it something that you have found in your family… that the sound of an empty gun discharging does keep the children quiet? Have you tried it?,” he asked.Horseman replied: “I didn’t put anyone in danger. I am not that sort of person. I wouldn’t put any children in danger.”Mr Macfarlane asked: “Why fire the gun? Because you told him to do so. What did you say?” The defendant replied: “I didn’t say anything.”Mr Macfarlane asked: “I am suggesting that you are reluctant to admit that you uttered those words. You wanted the child kept quiet by having the gun aimed at him.”Harry, now aged two, was taken to Bristol Children’s Hospital where he had emergency surgery.Doctors discovered he had a displaced skull fracture and swelling and bleeding on the brain after being shot in the right temple. The pellet has not been found.Harry’s speech is now developing normally but he suffers from several post-traumatic seizures a day and is being treated with anticonvulsant drugs. Horrible, I felt bad, sick … like that could have been my childEmma Horseman on how she felt Bristol Crown Court heard that Harry was visiting Horseman’s home in Hartcliffe with his mother Amy Allen and older brother Riley when he was shot.Walters had already admitted unlawfully and maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm on the toddler.Giving evidence from behind a screen, Horseman had told the court that she and Miss Allen, who were friends, were sitting in the lounge chatting about how to look after two young children while Walters cleaned the air rifle in the kitchen.”I couldn’t see what Jordan was doing. All I know was that he was cleaning the gun. I know he had the gun out but I couldn’t see him,” she said.Horseman denied telling Walters to shoot Harry, telling the jury: “No, Jordan didn’t hear what I said. I can’t remember saying that.”Paul Cook, defending, asked Horseman: “What was the first you knew about the gun being fired?”She replied: “I didn’t even know it was. I just looked down and looked up and saw Harry was bleeding. That’s all that I can remember. Harry was sat on his mum’s lap.”Jordan stayed in the kitchen and didn’t come into the front room and I asked him to chuck a tea towel. I remember Jordan being on the phone and Amy saying ring the ambulance and Jordan staying in the kitchen the whole time.”Jordan said to Amy ‘What do I do?’ and Amy said ‘Ring the ambulance’ and that’s what he did. There was lots of ambulances arriving. It just happened so fast. I just remember Harry bleeding and the police turning up. I can’t remember anything else.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Harry StudleyCredit: Avon and Somerset Police/PA A mother of two has been acquitted of encouraging her boyfriend to shoot a crying toddler in the head with an air rifle to keep him quiet.A jury took just 35 minutes to find Emma Horseman, 24, not guilty of unlawfully and maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm to Harry Studley on the basis that she aided or abetted an offence.Harry was just 18 months old when Jordan Walters pointed the telescopic weapon at him and pulled the trigger in July last year.Horseman was accused of telling Walters: “Shoot Harry, just to frighten him, to shut him up, shoot it at Harry.”