Nova Scotia’s Natural Resource Strategy “The Path We Share” commits to fully adopt the ecosystem approach as the primary means to achieve sustainable resource development. Both the Biodiversity and Forests sections of the strategy identify landscape level, ecosystem based planning as a central goal.
An ecosystem approach that strives to provide suitable habitat conditions for all native species is preferred. The more that managed forests resemble the forests that developed under natural disturbances such as wind, fire, diseases and insect epidemics, the greater the probability that biodiversity and ecological processes will be maintained. Ecosystem based management at the landscape level involves determining spatial priorities and goals for forest composition (Code of Forest Practice, 2012).
The Landscape Planning group supports: