Keeping Track

Several online resources for tracking forest harvests in Nova Scotia are listed below.

To keep track of upcoming forestry-related events of all sorts, see

Forest Harvest Allocation Maps
These maps show locations of forest harvests on crown lands planned or conducted since September 30, 2014. When a new allocation is made, an Allocation Map is posted and is open for comment for 20 days. You can subscribe to receive notification of new allocations. A Map Viewer launched in the spring of 2016 shows allocations for the whole province, and replaces the pdf-based harvest operation maps that the DNR launched in 2014. Unfortunately, there is no equivalent for private lands, which reflects the lack of any significant regulation or monitoring of cutting on private lands in Nova Scotia.
UPDATE DEC 30, 2016: As of Dec 20, 2016, a table listing parcels, areas and cutting (clearcut or partial harvest) by county is sent out with the notification of new postings. See Map Viewer Updates now include list. UPDATE JULY 30, 2017: Lists now include “Prescription Type”; a brief guide to using the viewer is given in this post – View July 30 Post
Cumulative stats for Dec 20-29 2016: Planned clearcuts 574.6 ha | Planned Partial Cuts: 229.5 ha
More added Jan 10, Jan 19, & Jan 29, Feb 9, Feb 16, Feb 27, Mar 9, 20, 29, Apr 20, May 1, May 11, May 23, 2017; June 1, 12, 22 and July 4, 17, 24, 2017; next scheduled: Aug 3, 2017.
Once posted, the comment period is open for 20 days.
Note: Existing Parks and Protected Areas can be viewed as a layer on this map but not areas proposed that have not yet been protected. See the next item below to view those areas.

Nova Scotia Parks and Protected Areas Interactive Map
You can view:
-secondary water sheds
-sites in the proposed parks and protected areas plan (Feb 2013)
-sites in the final parks and protected areas plan (Aug 2013)
-sites in the final parks and protected areas plan still to be designated or subject to considerations
-areas considered protected
-provincial crown land

Nova Scotia Crown Lands Viewer
A spatial dataset of all Crown lands in Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Landscape Map Viewer
Convenient for viewing Crown lands, Protected Areas, Ecological land Classification and a lot more. This is a key tool for keeping track of forest management history, extent etc. It takes a while or quite a while to figure it out (at least it did for me; ongoing!). See Codes. Some of the codes I was able to find only in a Photo Interpretation Specifications.

1:10,000 Nova Scotia Watersheds
Online map, outlines and ID info given. “1:10,000 watersheds for Nova Scotia. Contains primary, secondary, tertiary and sub-tertiary watersheds”

Nova Scotia Watershed Assessment Atlas 2014
PDF, Dalhousie University

Clearcut on Crown Land in 2014

Clearcut on Crown Land in 2014

National Forestry Database: 88% of NS forest cuts in 2014 were clearcuts
“The National Forestry Database is Canada’s Compendium of Forestry Statistics, serving as our national source of credible, accurate, and reliable forestry statistics.” Data are given for both Crown and Private lands. Read more // view Silviculture – Jurisdictional Tables

The Canadian Forest Service/UBC/Canadian Space Agency Satellite Forest Monitoring Map
Interactive; map shows changes in forest cover associated with fire, infrastructure, harvest and in an “Untyped” category for all of Canada over the interval 1985 to 2011. See example on this website.

Global Forest Watch Interactive Map
Select the interactive map to view “tree cover loss” and/or “tree cover gain” over selected intervals from 2001 to 2014. You can select any area in the world and zoom in. A lot of the tree cover gain seen, likely most, in Nova Scotia is in recovering clearcuts; it is not due to afforestation. View examples:
Clearcutting near Halifax revealed by Global Forest Watch Images.

HFC Blog: TIME LAPSE OF NS FOREST LOSS 2001-14 (3 sites)

Google Timelapse
“Timelapse is a global, zoomable video that lets you see how the Earth has changed over the past 32 years. It is made from 33 cloud-free annual mosaics, one for each year from 1984 to 2016, which are made interactively explorable by Carnegie Mellon University CREATE Lab’s Time Machine library, a technology for creating and viewing zoomable and pannable timelapses over space and time. Thx to NW for pointing this one out. Not as sharp (not as high res) as what you get from the Global Forest Watch Interactive Map, but this one covers more years. Very easy to use.

Nova Scotia Government’s Open Data Portal
“Making government data easier to access for individuals, businesses, and researchers”. Unfortunately, it “doesn’t work” for most people without some specialized training and access to GIS software. See Linda Pannozzo on The case of the disappearing forest age class datain relation to the Forest Inventory file. The Photo Interpretation Specifications document provides some important info./definitions.

Interactive map of Parks and Protected Areas

NFIS Nova Scotia Map Data
NFIS is “Canada’s National Forest Information System“, set up to “answer questions on matters relating to sustainable forest management in Canada.” This interactive mapcshows Forest Cover (Mixed, Coniferous, Hardwood), with options for other layers (parks,roads, rivers etc). Easy to use. Also shows the Ecological land Classification regions/Districts/Sections.

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