Forestry re­view cov­ers clear cutting

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ATLANTIC -

HAL­I­FAX — The Nova Sco­tia gov­ern­ment has named Univer­sity of King’s Col­lege pres­i­dent Wil­liam La­hey to con­duct a re­view of forestry prac­tices in the province — in­clud­ing clear cutting. The in­de­pen­dent re­view was first promised in the run-up to last spring’s pro­vin­cial elec­tion and be­came a key part of the Lib­er­als’ en­vi­ron­men­tal plat­form. Nat­u­ral Re­sources Min­is­ter Mar­garet Miller says La­hey’s re­view will cost $30,000. The re­view, due by Feb. 28, will look at all as­pects of tree har­vest­ing on Crown and pri­vate land in­clud­ing clear cutting.

Miller says the re­view is to build on the Nat­u­ral Re­sources strat­egy re­leased in 2011.

La­hey says he’s been given a broad man­date to ex­am­ine all as­pects of forestry.

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