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.


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: July 9, 2018

Professor Lahey has received feedback on the draft report from legal advisors in international law and is in the process, with his team, of reviewing the feedback and considering changes, if any, to the report and supporting documents. As previously indicated, when completed, the final report will be released simultaneously to the public and to the Minister.

Process Update: April 30, 2018

The report will be  completed in the next few days, and it is being subjected to further review by advisors in international law and forestry economics before it is finalized and submitted to Minister Miller and made available to the public.



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

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