2015 stats for Nova Scotia on National Forestry Database illustrate continuing pressure on Crown lands

In January, I made use of stats on the National Forestry Database to address three questions:

Has clearcutting on Crown land in Nova Scotia increased or decreased? (Posted Jan 22, 2017)

What’s a clearcut and what’s not a clearcut in Nova Scotia? (Posted Jan 23, 2017)

How much forestry in Nova Scotia maintains mixed, multi-aged Acadian forest? (Posted Jan 23, 2017)

In those posts, I looked at stats for the years 2000, 2010 and 2014, 2014 being the most recent year available. Since then, figures for 2015 have been posted on the National Forestry Database. I have updated the summary tables accordingly (below) and added a table (Table 4) showing the the totals for all harvest types:

Table 1

Table 2

Table 3

Table 4

What really stand out are the increases in total area of Crown lands harvested between 2000 and 2014, while the area of private land harvested declined and total harvests for the province declined (view Table 4 above). The trend of increases in Crown land area harvested continued into 2015; on private lands, there was a small increase in total area harvested 2014 to 2015, breaking the trend of decline in earlier years.

It seems that Crown lands have come under increasing harvest pressure since 2000 relative to private lands and that trend continued into 2015.

To make full sense of the numbers, we would need figures on the working land area in the different categories over the same years and on forest age classes.

‘Time for the overdue State of the Forest Report with the complete numbers! The last State of the Forest Report was in 2008; the next one was scheduled for Feb. 2013 but has not yet appeared.

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