Ecological Forestry Implementation - March 26, 2019 update

Government has accepted Professor William Lahey's report and has begun work to put in place the tools to achieve ecological forestry in Nova Scotia. You can find government's response document here.

In December 2018, government released a new interim retention guide for tree retention for Crown land licensees that put greater focus on multi-aged management practices.

On March 14, the Biodiversity Act was introduced, creating a platform for regulations to manage threats to rare ecosystems and better protect wildlife against threats such as invasive species.

Forest in the fall image

Government and the Mi'kmaq of Nova Scotia recently launched a forestry pilot project that gives the Mi'kmaq forest planning and management responsibility on 20,000 hectares of Crown land.

On March 19, the province announced an additional $1 million for Crown land silviculture for the current fiscal year. The funding will be used to improve the quality of Crown land forests across Nova Scotia.

Lands & Forestry has several project teams working to address key recommendations.

Check this page regularly for progress on ecological forestry.

Project Teams

There are currently seven project teams working on ecological forestry projects:

  • Forest Management Guide
  • Natural Disturbance Regimes
  • Small-Scale Wood Energy projects
  • High Production Forestry
  • Outcomes Based Management
  • Old Forest
  • State of the Forest

Forest Management Guide

  • Members on the Forest Management Guide project team have expertise in the Forest Management Guide, pre-treatment assessment, biodiversity and resource management planning.
  • Former Regional Resource Manager Mark Pulsifer leads the Forest Management Guide team.  Mr. Pulsifer is a part time member of the biology faculty at St. Francis Xavier University.

The department is in the process of procuring external expertise to support this project. More information on the experts will be shared as it becomes available.

Natural Disturbance Regimes

  • Natural Disturbance Regimes team includes Lands and Forestry staff with expertise in this field, landscape level planning, biodiversity and resource management planning.
  • Mark Pulsifer leads Natural Disturbance Regimes team.

Seven Mile Lake

The department is in the process of procuring external expertise to support this project. More information on the experts will be shared as it becomes available.

Small-Scale Wood Energy Projects

  • The department is leading a multi-department team that is looking at options for small-scale wood energy projects using wood chips, like those operating in PEI.
  • The team is in place and studying where it could be used in public buildings across the province.
  • The team is led by Rany Ibrahim, Lands and Forestry's Director of Economic Development & Trade.
  • A Frequently Asked Questions sheet will be posted soon.

Species at Risk

  • Lands and Forestry's internal team members have expertise in wildlife, biodiversity, habitat, and forestry.
  • Work is currently underway to identify experts and scientists to work with the team.
  • The team's work will include completion of outstanding provincial recovery plans and status reports.

image of a Lynx

The following teams have recently been formed and are at the stage of developing work plans, which will include identifying the necessary expertise and stakeholder engagement.

  • High Production Forestry
  • Outcomes Based Management
  • Old Forest
  • State of the Forest

Other

Environmental Assessments

  • Work has started on Professor Lahey's recommendations regarding environmental assessments. The department looking at all potential options, including considering what is happening in other jurisdictions, and how an environmental assessment process could fit within the forest management planning system.

Evaluation of Progress on the Report

  • Early work on developing an evaluation framework is underway to support Professor Lahey's independent evaluation.

Independent Review of Forest Practices

Government Response To the Independent Review of Forest Practices in Nova Scotia

Interim Harvesting Guidelines (Dec. 3, 2018)

Lahey Nova Scotia Forest Practices Report 2018 - Executive Summary plus Conclusions and Recommendations

Lahey Nova Scotia Forest Practices Report 2018 - Addendum to the report