Nova Scotia agreements aim for balance on ecological forestry, economy

By Tom Ayers
CBC News
February 10, 2023
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada East

The Nova Scotia government says renewed agreements with Port Hawkesbury Paper will be good for the forests — and the economy — and take significant steps toward implementation of the 2018 Lahey Report that called for a shift to ecological forestry.  Under the agreements, the province has reduced the amount of timber the company can take from Crown land, while increasing the amount it will pay for management of public and private forests.  Natural Resources and Renewables Minister Tory Rushton says the agreements strike a good balance.  … Port Hawkesbury Paper agrees with the changes, which have become necessary as the business model for forestry has changed in the province, said Geoff Clarke, the company’s manager of business development.  Under its forest utilization licence, the paper company can harvest up to 275,000 tonnes of timber annually from Crown lands, which is down from 400,000 tonnes.

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