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Bowater lands divvied up in NS

Oct. 10, 2014 - The Nova Scotia government is allocating half the Crown forest in the western part of the province to 16 sawmills and other wood product manufacturers for 10 years to provide certainty for the industry. According to the CBC, Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill says the guarantee of a long-term supply is what is most important about the announcement.

Though JD Irving is getting 39,000 tonnes for its sawmill near Truro, its spokeswoman Mary Keith stressed that the allotment isn't enough to ease the supply contraints that are impacting competitiveness in the sector. Churchill admits that the demand for softwood fibre outstrips supply.

For more information, go to http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/province-allocates-former-bowater-lands-to-sawmills-1.2793589