What has the industry learned from previous generations of forest professionals?
Our industry operates more sustainably than ever before, because our planning decisions are based on scientific data studied and developed by highly skilled professionals.
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Who’s in charge of how woodlands are managed?
Landowners have the right to choose how they manage their woodlands. They have many options when managing their property, and no two properties are exactly alike. For most woodlands, there are multiple acceptable options.
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What’s different about today’s industry?
Today, modern forestry operations are highly mechanized and require higher skilled, educated and better-trained forest professionals. Like any modern industry, forestry is increasingly high-tech and continues to modernize to compete in a global economy. As an industry, we’ve learned a lot and are applying best practices and science in the province.
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How does Forest Nova Scotia focus on improving forest management?
From the largest companies to the many small woodlot owners and sawmill operators, Forest Nova Scotia members invest a large amount of time and resources to develop and implement long term forest management plans. These plans secure a future for our forest resources.
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What types of harvesting are commonly used?
By far, the most common type of harvesting in Nova Scotia is cut-to-length or bole-only where just the trunks are harvested.
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What’s the status of Nova Scotia's wood supply?
Work is underway by Nova Scotia’s Department of Natural Resources to develop a timber supply model that will outline just how much wood fibre can be cut to sustain and grow our forest industry. Early estimates show that we are currently harvesting well below those sustainable wood supply model numbers. Our industry looks forward to those model results being released.
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How does Forest Nova Scotia promote sustainability?
Each member of Forest Nova Scotia commits to our Stewardship Principles.
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How does the industry keep up with a competitive global market?
Like all industries, to remain competitive in a global market and employ thousands of Nova Scotians in rural areas, it simply makes sense to improve efficiencies and increase sustainable productivity. Technological advances allow the industry to make more efficient use of each piece of raw material, which reduces waste.
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What is forest certification and how does it help the industry?
Forest certification promotes sustainable forest management. It involves independent verification of forest management practices against established standards.
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