June 18, 2007

Revisions to NS Forests Act rules will expand woodlot management options

HALIFAX, NS-Changes to regulations under Nova Scotia's Forests Act will give private landowners more choices in the way they manage their woodlots. The regulatory changes are largely technical in nature but will afford greater flexibility in selecting silviculture options. For example, there will be more options available for uneven-aged forest management and selection treatments. The amendments will also place more focus on appropriate tree species when landowners select crop trees to manage. Other changes to the regulations will allow fill planting in uneven-aged stands; reduce fill planting requirements to 300 planted trees per hectare; and allow competition control treatments in hardwood sites. A change to the deficiency allowance provision is expected to result in equitable annual silviculture activity on both small private and industrial lands. Overall, the amendments are aimed at helping increase productivity potential in plantation management. The regulatory changes may be viewed on-line at www.gov.ns.ca/just/regulations/rg2/2007/jn0807.pdf.

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