An operational clearcut definition

Natural Resources Strategy


An operational clearcut definition for Nova Scotia — Advancing The Path We Share – A Natural Resources Strategy for Nova Scotia 2011-2020.

 

In Nova Scotia, a clearcut is now defined as a forest harvest where less than 60% of the area is sufficiently occupied with trees taller than 1.3 meters.

 

Clearcut Definition

Below are images of Nova Scotia's forests that demonstrate what is, and is not, a clearcut according to the new clearcut definition announced by the province on August 15, 2012.

 

A clearcut harvest in 2012   A clearcut harvest today (2012) in Nova Scotia.

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A clearcut compared to a non-clearcut harvest in 2012   A clearcut compared to a non-clearcut harvest in 2012.

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A harvest with 37% of the area sufficiently occupied with trees taller than 1.3m.   A harvest with 37% of the area sufficiently occupied with trees taller than 1.3m. This is a clearcut harvest

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A harvest with 50% of the area sufficiently occupied with trees taller than 1.3m.   A harvest with 50% of the area sufficiently occupied with trees taller than 1.3m. This is a clearcut harvest

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A harvest with 63% of the area sufficiently occupied with trees taller than 1.3m; aerial photo. This is not a clearcut harvest.   A harvest with 63% of the area sufficiently occupied with trees taller than 1.3m; aerial photo. This is not a clearcut harvest.

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A harvest with 63% of the area sufficiently occupied with trees taller than 1.3m; ground level photo. This is not a clearcut harvest.   A harvest with 63% of the area sufficiently occupied with trees taller than 1.3m; ground level photo. This is not a clearcut harvest.

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A harvest with 71% of the area sufficiently occupied with trees taller than 1.3m. This is not a clearcut harvest.   A harvest with 71% of the area sufficiently occupied with trees taller than 1.3m. This is not a clearcut harvest.

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A harvest with 80% of the area sufficiently occupied with trees taller than 1.3m. This is not a clearcut harvest.   A harvest with 80% of the area sufficiently occupied with trees taller than 1.3m. This is not a clearcut harvest.

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