Forestry review draws mixed reactions

A new review calling for fundamental changes to the way trees are harvested in Nova Scotia has drawn a mixed reaction from forest protection advocates and an industry representative.

Ray Plourde, of the Ecology Action Centre, says the strong emphasis on the forest ecosystem and biodiversity in the report by Bill Lahey is appropriate, as is the call for a reduction of clearcutting on Crown land.

However, Plourde says he was "absolutely gobsmacked and shocked" the report recommends spraying on Crown land after a previous review basically stopped the practice.

Donna Crossland, co-author of a previous report on forestry, has similar concerns, but says she hopes the government will implement the recommendations that are most appropriate in an "expedient manner."

Jeff Bishop, the executive director of Forest Nova Scotia, says while there are some good things in the report there are also things that scare him as a spokesman for the province's forest industry.

He says it's a concern if the recommendations lead to a lower wood supply for harvest.