Renewable Resources Branch


The Renewable Resources Branch provides coordination and leadership on policy, planning and program development including industry development and resource promotion, marketing, resource inventories and research, and the preparation of strategies and plans for the integrated development, management and conservation of the province's forests, parks and wildlife resources. The Branch is comprised of the following divisions:

Executive Director - Jonathan Porter (902) 424-4103  Jon.Porter@novascotia.ca

The Forestry Division is responsible for:

  • Integrated resource management (IRM) planning for forest resources.
  • Developing and conducting research to improve forest management practices and to develop strategies for meeting sustainable development objectives.
  • Maintaining a provincial forest inventory and a comprehensive digital(GIS)database.
  • Compiling and reporting on data relative to the forest resources.
  • Coordinating the maintenance of scaling standards for roundwood and the licensing of scalers.
  • Coordinating the provincial forest fire management and integrated forest pest management programs, including required staff training.
  • Managing the provincial forest nursery including the Provincial Tree Improvement Program.

For more information about the Forestry Divisions programs and services visit: Forestry in Nova Scotia web page.



The Parks and Recreation Division is responsible for:

  • Administering the Parks Act and the Trails Act.
  • Planning for parks, trails, and outdoor recreational opportunities.
  • Inventorying and evaluating outdoor recreational and heritage resources, for parks planning and input to integrated resource management(IRM)on Crown lands.
  • Planning for trails on abandoned railways.
  • Providing expertise for beach protection and related coastal zone management.
  • Evaluating parkland acquisition options and negotiating private land stewardship agreements.
  • Site planning, park development and project management and inspection either directly or in an advisory capacity to others.
  • Coordinating the preparation of development and operating standards for parks.
  • Negotiating partnerships for the development and operation of park system components.
  • Procuring parks system facilities, equipment and services.
  • Providing input on park operating seasons and fees.
  • Liaising with the Department of Economic Development and Tourism and other departments on marketing of parks and outdoor recreation.
  • Producing and distributing information regarding park programs, and the preparation of interpretive materials.

For more information on Nova Scotia's provincial parks system visit the Discover our Nature Web Site

The Program Development Division is responsible for:

  • Coordinating policy and program development activities relative to forestry, parks and wildlife.
  • Forest industry development including providing information and advice on markets and market opportunities, encouraging product development and value added production and providing a sawmill advisory service.
  • Federal/Provincial relations relative to renewable resources including the development of proposals for cost-shared agreements.
  • Coordinating program evaluations and special studies for the branch.
  • Assisting in the development and delivery of education and extension programs for the branch.


The Resource Management Division is responsible for:

  • Coordinating the implementation of forest management programs designed to help ensure the long term viability of the forest industry in the Province. The forest management programs incorporate forest/wildlife guidelines and the principles of integrated resource management and sustainable development.
  • Consulting with Department staff and any other departments and agencies who have responsibility for the use of Crown lands.
  • Developing procedures and standards for Crown lands forest management programs and specific temporary uses of Crown lands.
  • Negotiating, amending and monitoring agreements for the license, tender or lease of Crown lands forest products, aggregate, and peatland development.
  • Reviewing forest management plans, recommending budgets and monitoring progress of field implementation.
  • Recommending development of information technologies and applications for the implementation and monitoring of forest management programs and activities on Crown lands.


The Wildlife Division is responsible for:
  • Ensuring conservation and sustainable use of wildlife by developing and implementing legislation, policies and guidelines.
  • Coordinating Department programs to inventory and monitor wildlife populations and their habitats.
  • Conducting or coordinating research to provide information for the management of wildlife and their habitats.
  • Providing up to date scientific and traditional information about all wildlife species and their habitats.
  • Developing protection and recovery programs for threatened and endangered species and their habitats.
  • Establishing Wildlife Management Areas and other protected areas for the protection of important wildlife habitats or the conservation of wildlife populations.
  • Promoting conservation and the sustainable and ethical use of wildlife through education programs, including the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park.(Web Site)
  • Promoting habitat and species conservation on private lands through voluntary stewardship agreements, incentives, easements and other appropriate means.
For more information about the Wildlife Divisions programs and services visit: Wildlife web page.