Nova Scotia announces changes to forest practices

Ellen Cools
December 03, 2018
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Dec. 3, 2018 - The government of Nova Scotia today announced changes to its forest practices, following recommendations by the University of King's College president Bill Lahey.

According to a news release, the changes will help develop a more sustainable forestry sector, as well as increase ecological protection and biodiversity.

"Forestry is a longstanding economic driver in Nova Scotia and it's important we get it right. We accept Prof. Lahey's findings and will immediately begin work to put in place the tools to achieve ecological forestry in Nova Scotia," said provincial Lands and Forestry Minister Iain Rankin, in a statement. "This will result in significant changes to the way forests will be managed, including less clearcutting on Crown land."  

The Nova Scotian government will take many actions, including revising the Forest Management Guide to emphasize ecological values in decision-making and finding more opportunities for small-scale wood energy projects so low-quality wood can be used in heating public buildings.

The Lands and Forestry department's overall priority with regards to forestry will be to enhance and protect ecosystems and biodiversity.

The provincial government has also released new interim guidelines for tree retention for Crown land licensees, with more focus on multi-aged management practices.

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