Tri-County Vanguard : 2018-12-05
OPINION : 14 : B6
B6 WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2018 TRICOUNTYVANGUARD.CA opinion Editor: Tina Comeau FORESTRY ■ Changes will improve forest practices, government says The Nova Scotia government’s changes to forest practices will increase ecological protection and biodiversity, and lead the province to a more sustainable forestry sector, the government says.
The changes follow recommendations by University of King’s College president Bill Lahey in a review of forest practices, which was submitted to government in August. The government’s response to the report was released Monday, Dec. 3.
The government also released new interim guidelines for tree retention for Crown land licensees that put greater focus on multi-aged management practices. The department will move forward with the following priority actions:
• protect and enhance ecosystems and biodiversity as the department’s overarching forest policy priority
• implement what is known as the triad model of ecological forestry, which includes conservation areas, high-production forest areas and a combination when conservation and forestry objectives are blended
• make revisions to the Forest Management Guide to place more emphasis on ecological values in the decisionmaking process
• begin a peer review of the department’s approach to natural disturbance regimes to ensure alignment with ecological forestry
• increase the focus on wildlife and species at risk with a focus on health and recovery plans
• improve openness, transparency and accountability of the department’s decisions
• explore opportunities for smallscale wood energy projects to allow low-quality wood to be used in heating public buildings, such as hospitals, schools, and government offices.
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