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.

Nova Scotia's natural resources strategy is aimed at developing a more environmentally and economically diverse and sustainable forestry for the future. Part of achieving that goal is the province's commitment to reducing clearcutting as a harvest method to no more than 50% of the total tree harvest in the province's forests by 2016. Nova Scotia is the only province in Canada that is regulating the amount of clearcutting.

By reducing clearcutting, Nova Scotia's future forests will be more mature and will contain more species, different tree heights, and varied density.

To achieve Nova Scotia's clearcutting reduction goal, it was important to have a common definition of what constitutes a clearcut. To develop the clearcut definition, a science team was formed to review technical and research information and to review policies and practices in other jurisdictions in Canada and some parts of the United States. Nova Scotia is setting a precedent with its clearcutting target and definition.

 

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.

 

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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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