Finally some good news – if very modest from a financial perspective – for Ecological Forestry in Nova Scotia.
From Forestry trust fund doles out $12.4M to 2 projects by Michael Gorman for CBC News Oct 18, 2021:
The Family Forest Network is getting $9.8 million for a five-year pilot project that will involve ecologically sensitive forest treatments on about 200 small private woodlots around the province. The funding was announced last Friday.
Andy Kekacs, a member of the network’s steering committee, said the group will spend the next six to nine months reaching out to landowners and looking for people interested in participating.
“It really represents a new era for forest stewardship in our province,” he said.
“This is a departure from the practices of the last 50 years and a move toward saying that we can do economically viable forestry that also considers other values and protects them in the process of creating some income.”
A big part of the work will be exposing contractors to an approach promoted in the Lahey review of forestry practices, which called for a major reduction of clear cutting on Crown land.
The funding will help contractors become more comfortable with the costs of the work and how to make it financially viable, said Kekacs.
“Right now, Nova Scotia’s forest production system is built around clear cutting, and we’re suggesting that there’s a different way to do things consistent with what Bill Lahey recommended three years ago. And the number of contractors who are willing and able to do that at the moment is fairly small,” he said.