It’s just under a year ago that Martin Willison, a Halifax based naturalist, publicized an illegal cut in Long Lake Provincial Park. It generated widespread condemnation. In March of 2016 charges were laid against three firms. Likely as a result of this incident, On Oct 4, 2016, the Province announced stiff fines for illegal logging on Crown Land.
UPDATE (CBC Report, 16 Nov 2016): Resourcetec Inc. agreed in Halifax provincial court to pay $12,556 in fines. NSDNR Minister Lloyd Hines confirmed that ” the increased fines [up to $250,000] were a direct response to the Long Lake incident.”
Great to impose such fines, but I have to say I am much more concerned about the legal logging on Crown land, which is far more destructive.