Progress on ecological forestry

Scientist, researchers, and experts are working with Department of Lands and Forestry staff to improve the province's Crown land forests.

The province says these individuals are members of the department's project teams that are addressing changes recommended by Prof. Bill Lahey in his review of forest practices in Nova Scotia.

"The teams, which include highly respected external experts, are focused on the priorities that will move us forward in our goal of achieving ecological forestry in Nova Scotia," said Minister of Lands and Forestry Iain Rankin. 

In a press release, the Department of Lands and Forestry says the project teams are focused on:
-- reviewing the current pre-treatment assessment process and updating the forest management guide
-- a peer-reviewed assessment of Nova Scotia's natural disturbance agents, like fires, floods, insect infestations and large storms and their impacts on harvest planning
-- reviewing the old forest policy and criteria, and revising policy following input from stakeholders
-- defining high-production forestry and develop procedures and criteria for implementation on Crown land, followed by a framework for site selection and designation
-- investigating the efficiency of small-scale wood energy projects and a converting some government buildings to wood heat energy for the 2019-20 heating season
-- establishing a manual that includes priority policy and procedures to govern the Endangered Species Act and completing outstanding recovery plans and status reports as needed for species solely listed in Nova Scotia 
-- designing an outcomes-based approach to Crown forest management. 

Harvest improvements are already happening on Crown land, with more trees being retained on site.

For more information on the latest progress, click here.