Regional Services Branch

The Regional Services Branch delivers department programs and services through an extensive network of field offices. These programs and services include forest management programs, Crown lands surveys, regional geological services, public outreach and education, planning and implementing Integrated Resource Management (IRM), hunter safety, forest fire prevention, detection and suppression, monitoring of forest insects and diseases, operation and maintenance of Provincial Parks, and resource conservation. The Branch is comprised of the following divisions:

Executive Director - Walter Fanning 902-424-4445

As of July 1, the inspection, compliance and enforcement functions from several provincial government departments will come together under Nova Scotia Environment. Departments involved in this consolidation include the Department of Lands and Forestry, the Department of Health and Wellness, the Department of Agriculture, Nova Scotia Environment, and the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture.
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The Operations Division is responsible for:

  • Work planning and financial reporting for Regional Services Branch
  • Technical training for staff of Regional Services Branch
  • OH&S implementation for Regional Services Branch, Parks program operations, and
  • Natural resources stewardship and outreach activities including youth and hunter education and technical transfer of forest management information for woodlot owners and Christmas tree growers.

The Fleet Management Division is responsible for:

  • Providing centralized aviation services to government departments and agencies for forest fire detection and suppression, provincial emergency situations, ground search and rescue, medical evacuations, and resource development and management.
  • Managing and maintaining the department's motorized equipment.

The Forest Protection is responsible for:

  • The health of Nova Scotia's woodlands by protecting them from pests and fires.
  • The Forest Health section provides technical advice and management options to forest stakeholders to help them manage pests.
  • Risk Services is responsible for the science, technology and business planning components of the provincial forest protection program.
  • Wildfire Management protects Nova Scotia property and woodlands by providing leadership and support in wildfire management.

Regions - Western, Central and Eastern

The Regions (3) are responsible for:

  • Delivering renewable resource management programs in the field including forest management on Crown and private lands, forest fire management, enforcement and hunter safety, management of Provincial Parks, wildlife conservation and protection, forest pest detection, and information, education and extension.
  • Planning and implementing Integrated Resource Management (IRM) on Crown lands.
  • Providing for the administration of Crown lands at the field level including the surveying and maintenance of Crown lands boundary lines.
  • Providing for a geological service on a regional basis.
  • Handling public inquiries and license sales


The Private Lands Stewardship and Outreach Division is responsible for:

  • Fostering shared stewardship of all natural resources on private lands in Nova Scotia.
  • Supporting 3rd party delivery of forestry, silviculture & biodiversity incentives.
  • Increasing private land participation in the forestry economy.
  • Providing resource education and outreach to private land owners, hunters, youth and the public at large.