Old-Growth Forest Policy: public consultation

The Old-Growth Forest Policy supports the conservation and restoration of old-growth forests in the province. Nova Scotians are invited to give their feedback on proposed updates to the policy.

Old-growth forests are an important part of the province’s biodiversity and must be maintained. Nova Scotia’s Old-Growth Forest Policy supports the conservation and restoration of old-growth forests.

The policy only applies to Crown land. Under the current policy, about 10% of Nova Scotia’s forested land has been identified and set-aside for long-term conservation.

Background

Under the current Old-Growth Forest Policy, no industrial activity is allowed on Crown land until the site is assessed to determine if it meets the definition of old-growth forest. If a site is identified as old-growth forest, it’s placed under conservation protection.

Nova Scotia’s current policy is 10 years old. The proposed updates take newer science and technology into account to make it more accurate and effective.

The updated policy uses the triad model for ecological forestry. The triad model divides forested land into conservation zones, high-production forestry zones and mixed-use (matrix) zones.

All old-growth forest land will be included in the conservation zone, whether it was identified under the old policy or the new one.

How to participate

Nova Scotians are invited to provide their feedback on the proposed updates to the Old Forest Policy.

Draft: updated Old Forest Policy (PDF 1.5 MB)

Send your comments by email to . The deadline for feedback is 8 December 2021.

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