An external Steering Panel was appointed by the Minister of Lands and Forestry to oversee Phase 2 of the strategy development process. The Steering Panel was responsible to ensure the process reflected citizen values identified in Phase 1. They were also tasked to provide high-level oversight and direction to the work of four Panels of Expertise in the areas of forests, biodiversity, geological resources, and provincial parks. The Panels of Expertise gathered and analyzed technical information in their focus area. They also consulted with technical stakeholders from across the province to collect information and advice.
To view a list of technical experts/stakeholders and their submissions see this table.
Each Panel of Expertise prepared a report and recommendations and presented it to the Steering Panel for their review and consideration. The Forests Panel submitted two reports, due to differing perspectives. Click on the links below to read their reports.
A Research Addendum includes Panel of Expertise submissions to the Minister of Lands and Forestry on biomass and clearcutting.
The Steering Panel considered the information from Phase 1, the reports from the Panels of Expertise, as well as their own research and prepared the Steering Panel Report – Phase 2.
The final report, A Natural Balance – Working Toward Nova Scotia’s Natural Resources Strategy, is a compilation of the reports from the Steering Panel and Panels of Expertise. The Steering Panel presented this report to the Minister of Lands and Forestry for consideration as the Department moved ahead with Phase 3 – the development of the natural resources strategy.
Copies of the Steering Panel's report are available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or 424-8633. Copies are also available at public libraries across the province.
Steering Panel members were selected using the criteria set out in the Steering Panel Terms of Reference and in a manner that ensured members represented a broad range of interests.
Three prominent Nova Scotians were appointed by the Minister of Lands and Forestry:
Three non-government experts were appointed to each of the four Panels of Expertise, one Panel for each area of the natural resources strategy: forests, biodiversity, geological resources, and provincial parks. The Panels of Expertise were responsible to:
Members of each Panel of Expertise are noted in the Department's news release at https://novascotia.ca/news/details.asp?id=20090723004
Click here for the Panel of Expertise Terms of Reference including membership criteria.
A Department of Lands and Forestry Liaison was appointed by the Department to support each of the four panels. Their role included: