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 - Julie Towers (902) 424-4103  towersjk@gov.ns.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 Forest Protection is responsible for:

The mission of the Forest Protection Division is to maintain the health of Nova Scotia's woodlands by protecting them from pests and fires.

Staff and resources are allocated into three sections to efficiently apply science to the maintenance of forest health in Nova Scotia. These include:

  • The Forest Health section provides technical advice and management options to forest stakeholders to help them manage pests.
  • Risk Services is responsible for the science, technology and business planning components of the provincial forest protection program.
  • Wildfire Management protects Nova Scotia property and woodlands by providing leadership and support in wildfire management.
For more information about the Forest Protection Divisions programs and services visit: Forest Protection 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 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.