News release

$1.5 million in Silviculture Funds Help Woods Workers

The province is expediting additional programs for private woodlot owners that will help woods workers in southwestern Nova Scotia.

Government is providing up to $1.5 million in funding for silviculture initiatives that will help small, private woodlot owners improve operations.

"This investment helps bring positive change in the forest sector, while helping the environment and the economy," said Charlie Parker, Minister of Natural Resources. "Silviculture has many benefits, including creating healthier forests, quality wood growth, improved wildlife habitat and productive and sustainable forest stands."

Silviculture workers that would have planted and thinned for Resolute Forest Products will shift to provincially funded operations.

The Association for Sustainable Forestry will administer the investment.

"The additional funding will be welcomed by silviculture contractors and woodlot owners alike," said association co-ordinator David Sutherland. "It is a very appropriate investment in our rural communities and will contribute positively to the future health and productivity of Nova Scotia's forests."

The money will support forest management practices and treatments applied to uneven-aged forests.

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The province is expediting additional programs for private woodlot owners that will help woods workers in southwestern Nova Scotia.

Up to 1-point-5 million dollars will fund silviculture initiatives to help small, private woodlot owners improve operations.

Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker says the investment helps bring positive change in the forest sector, while helping the environment and the economy.

Silviculture workers that would have planted and thinned for Resolute Forest Products will shift to provincially funded operations.

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