Landscape analysis is used to develop an understanding of the landscape as an ecological system by exploring relationships between structure and function. Results of the analysis will provide the basis for incorporating an ecological approach into the landscape design and planning phases that will follow. Multi-disciplinary teams from the Department of Natural Resources conduct an ecological landscape analysis for each of the Province's 39 forested ecodistricts as a first step in developing integrated resource management plans for Crown land. Completed reports will be available for private land planners seeking a landscape level perspective.
Ecological Land Classification
The Ecological Land Classification for Nova Scotia provides an hierarchical mapping of the province's forest ecosystems. This includes interpretation of the dominant natural disturbance regimes and potential climax forests at the ecosection level of classification. Nova Scotia's Ecological Land Classification is available on-line both as a viewable map or downloadable digital database. A pdf report is also available.
Forest Ecosystem Classification
In 2010, results from 10 years of FEC project work were synthesized to produce a comprehensive provincial FEC guide which is presented in three documents: Forest Ecosystem Classification for Nova Scotia: Part I Vegetation Types (2010); Part II Soil Types (2010); and Part III Ecosites (2010). This three-part guide builds upon, but also supersedes, all earlier FEC publications.
Implementing Ecosystem Based Integrated Resource Manangement in Nova Scotia -
A systematic approach to ecosystem based intergrated resource management has evolved to include ecological planning tools, forest modelling, policy, and regulations. Development of this system is reported in the NRCAN publication: Implementing Ecosystem-based management Approaches in Canada's Forests.
The GIS based Road Index maps the spatial influence of the transportation network to help planners integrate the transportation system into an ecological landscape analysis process.