Nova Scotia forestry at a crossroads

By Stephen Moore, Forests Nova Scotia
The Saltwire Network
November 4, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

There are many opportunities to create a growing, thriving and sustainable forest economy in Nova Scotia. To be able to capitalize on these opportunities, we need to quickly move to support the larger forestry supply chain. We don’t currently have sufficient demand for low-grade products and waste. This has reduced the overall harvesting capacity in the province. Harvesting capacity is around half of what it was before the closure of Northern Pulp. It also means the forest supply chain is at risk of collapse. …There are solutions within our reach. First, opening the European Union to Nova Scotia forest products would be a game-changer in the short term. …Second, we need to build more with wood. …Third, we are very interested in the possibility posed by district heating. …Finally, Northern Pulp’s efforts to build a world-class facility in Nova Scotia would provide a major boost to the sector.

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