Natural Resources Strategy - Collaborative Leadership

  • On Dec. 29, 2015, the province announced the designation of more than 100 properties as wilderness areas, nature reserves and parks. These designations mean that 12.26 per cent of Nova Scotia’s landmass is now protected.

    The Department of Lands and Forestry worked collaboratively with Nova Scotia Environment, consulted with municipalities, the Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq, community groups, industry, non-government organizations and hundreds of individuals.

    Please see the news release Province Reaches Land Protection Goal

    Learn more about the designations at Parks and Protected Areas

  • On August 27, 2015, The Department of Lands and Forestry announced a new Forest Biodiversity Science Advisory Committee to enhance the management of Nova Scotia’s Crown-owned woodlands. During quarterly meetings, the members will share knowledge and guidance as Nova Scotia moves to landscape scale management of Crown-owned lands.

  • The Department has worked with third-party groups like the Association of Sustainable Forestry to modify delivery and enhance silviculture for woodland owners. Thanks to stakeholder feedback, credit values for Registered Buyers have also been adjusted to influence the type and amount of silviculture activity performed.

  • To further investigate new ways of assisting private landowners, the Department launched a pilot project in Port Hawkesbury in May of 2014. The Cape Breton Privateland Partnership helps landowners and forest-management contractors develop and share best forest management practices and gives them access to databases of information.

  • Government signed an agreement in January 2015 with Medway Community Forest Co-operative Ltd. to begin managing a community forest in Annapolis County, the first one in Eastern Canada.

  • In October 2014, the department announced 10-year licences for mills to harvest on Crown land. To begin public engagement around fibre harvesting, the department began to post maps on a county-by-county basis, that indicate where harvesting will take place and what harvesting method will be used. Each map also includes a closing date for public comments on each of the proposed harvest sites, which is 20 days after the harvest site is first posted; the department will respond to those comments within 10 days. (see website ).

  • Public input has been solicited on the Mineral Resources Act and on Sunday hunting. Consultations on the Mineral Resources Act closed on February 2, 2015. Opinions are being welcomed on the Sunday hunting ban until April 10, 2015. See website at

  • The Department of Lands and Forestry and Ducks Unlimited have launched a review of the partnership between The Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park and the Ducks Unlimited’s Greenwing Legacy Interpretive Centre in an effort to improve synergies and efficiencies.