Independent Review of Forest Practices

Recognizing a wide diversity of interests related to forestry, the Government of Nova Scotia is undertaking an independent review of forest practices in Nova Scotia. Professor William Lahey, President of the University of King's College, has been retained as Project Lead for the review. His mandate was to provide his report to Natural Resources Minister Margaret Miller by the end of February 2018. That mandate has been extended until the end of April.

Scope

The review will examine current practices, including strengths and weaknesses, and provide recommendations for improvement regarding how Nova Scotia balances long-term environmental, social and economic interests in managing the province's forests. In particular, the review has the mandate to examine the following components:

  1. Evaluate the effectiveness and identify opportunities to improve the legislation, regulations, policies and guidelines, as well as the science-based tools that determine whether and where harvesting occurs, as well as the harvesting methods (e.g.: clear cut, partial harvest) that can or should be used.
  2. Evaluate market access for private forest owners, particularly in the western region, and provide recommendations to address any identified issues.

Process Update: February 21, 2018

Review Extended until End of April

Natural Resources Minister Margaret Miller has extended the time frame for the Independent Review of Forest Practices. The review, launched on Aug. 30, will be completed at the end of April.

Contact:

You may contact the forest practices review by sending an email to forestryreview@novascotia.ca. Your correspondence will be forwarded to Professor William Lahey for his consideration.

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