Stats & Regs

Some sources of statistics for Nova Scotia Forests

P1080156 Forest Biomass of Living, Merchantable Trees In Nova Scotia
by Peter Townsend 2008. Forest Inventory Section, Forestry Division, Renewable Resources Branch, Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources.

The Nova Scotia GPI Forest Accounts Volume 1: Indicators of Ecological, Economic & Social Values of Forests in Nova Scotia (2001)
Some historical trends nicely described with stats.”In 1958, forests more than 80 years old covered 25% of the province’s forest area. Today they cover only 1% of forest area. Forests more than 100 years old covered 8% of the province’s forest area in 1958; today they cover only 0.15% of forested land.” Lots more in this and Vol 2 with Case Studies. View also the 2008 Update

HC Haynes Nova Scotia Wood Prices
Provides prices by MILL PRODUCT SPECIES MIN MAX LENGTHS COMMENTS PRICE, at 1-2 month intervals. Also see Natural Resources Canada Current lumber, pulp and panel prices.

Nova Scotia Forest Industry Economic Impact (Dec. 2017)
Forest Nova Scotia commissioned report by Gardner Pinfold Consultants. It highlights: $2.1 Billion in total economic impact ($1.5 Billion in 2012);
11,500 Nova Scotians are employed directly and indirectly by the forest industry (10,200 in 2012); and $800 million contribution to provincial GDP ($575 million in 2012) but lacks some critical details and figures on government support (re: Post on this website jan 27, 2017)

National Forestry Database: Nova Scotia
This page provides an overview of regulations in Nova Scotia by categories of ownership/type of harvest. Under Forestry Highlights, 2014, stats are given for Number of fires (171), area burned (564) wood supply (8,300,000 cubic meters), roundwood harvested (3,643,000 cubic meters), area harvested (32,187 ha), area defoliated and beetle-killed trees (533 ha).

Forest Inventory Reports
To 2008. See also Forest Inventory – Current Forest Data (Web Version- 2016) (for Type: Shapefile) for some explanation of the current system. Pre-Treatment Assessments Requirements (PTA) Under the Nova Scotia Code of Forest Practices

Some Stats from Forest Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia has an Acadian forest, while much
of the rest of Canada has Boreal forest.

Nova Scotia’s forests cover over four million hectares,
or 75 per cent of the province.

Nova Scotia Forests are:
– 35 per cent Federal and Provincial Crown lands
– 10 per cent industrial private woodlands
– 55 per cent small private woodlots+

A September 2013 study by Atlantic Provinces Economic Council found that Nova Scotia’s forestry industry:
– Generated approximately $283 million in annual provincial GDP.
– Directly and indirectly employs over 10,000 Nova Scotians.
– Accounted for 1.8% of Nova Scotia’s GDP and 2.2% of provincial employment, including indirect effects on other industries.

Industry Canada Trade data for 2014 found that Nova Scotia’s forest industry:
– Exported over $649 million in products internationally, which was 12.1% of the province’s total exports (up from 10.2% in 2012).

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+ A recent NSDNR Woodlot Owner newsletter (Summer 2016 Ed, Vol 18, issue 1) gives a figure of “About 49%” owned by small private owners.

Major forestry industrial sites:

– Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Ltd. in Pictou
– Port Hawkesbury Paper in Port Hawkesbury
– Louisiana Pacific Corp. in Chester
– J.D. Irving Ltd. in Truro (see 2013 Economic Impact)
– Marwood Ltd. in Bedford & Brookfield
– Ledwidge Lumber in Enfield
– Elmsdale Lumber Co. in Elmsdale
– Harry Freeman and Son in Greenfield
– Scotsburn Lumber in Scotsburn
– Taylor Lumber in Middle Musquodoboit

 

– Great Northern Timber in Sheet Harbour
– Hefler Quality Lumber in Middle Sackville
– Turner & Turner Lumber in West Northfield
– JA Turner & Sons in West Northfield
– Williams Brother Ltd. in Barney’s Rivers
– Scotia Pallets Ltd. in Goshen
– Groupe Savoie in Westville
– BA Fraser Lumber in Margaree Valley
– Brooklyn Power in Brooklyn

State of the Forest Report 1995-2005: Nova Scotia Forests in Transition
NSDNR report. An update is overdue!  

Biomass, Freedom of Information, and the Silence of the DNR Company Men
Article by Linda Pannozzo in the Halifax Examiner April 8, 2016. She is one of the authors of the GPI studies cited above. She describes the difficulty in getting Forest Inventory from NSDNR in 2016.
A follow-up:Biomass, Freedom of Information, and the DNR Company Men, Part 2: An Open Letter to the FOIPOP Review Officer (June 3, 2016);
& Part 3: What Happened When This Reporter Got Called Down to the Office (Sep 21, 2016);
& Part 4 The case of the disappearing forest age class data (Jan 12, 2017);
& Part 5 Publicly funded information — not available to Nova Scotians — was provided to pipeline company based in Texas (Feb 7, 2017; this is behind a paywall).

Sustainable Forest Management Canada: Province of Nova Scotia
A 2012 document with stats on area forested, ownership*, and information and links to pertinent documents pertaining to
– Forest governance
– Forest management legislation and regulations
– Timber processing legislation and regulations
– Forest Certification
[*The document cites forest in Public Ownership as 1,994,000 ha (47%) and in Private as 2,281,000 ha (53%) which is not consistent with numbers cited in other NS Government documents, e.g. in State of the Forest Report 1995-2005, the breakdown is 31% Public and 69% Private.]

NSDNR ANNUAL REPORTS
Business Plan (2016-2017)
Statement of Mandate (2015-2016)
Accountability Report (2015-2016)

Overview of the Nova Scotia Registry of Buyers (for Primary Forest Products), includes, e.g.,
NSDNR Report on Prices for Standing Timber Sales from Nova Scotia Private Woodlots for the Period April 1, 2015 through March 31, 2016
“It is the policy of the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources (“NSDNR”) to set its Crown land stumpage rates (i.e., the price paid for the right to harvest standing trees on Crown lands) consistent with fair market value. In order to estimate the fair market value of stumpage in the Province, NSDNR commissions periodic surveys of Registered Buyers who routinely purchase stumpage from independent private land owners in a competitive marketplace…A project to collect and report on private woodlot stumpage prices in the Province was initiated in the summer of 2016…Deloitte collected transaction data covering Softwood sawlogs & Softwood studwood and lathwood…”

Economic impact analysis of timber management & supply changes on Nova Scotia’s forest indudustry
Prepared for NSDNR by Woodbridge Associates. 2011 The report warned that reducing clearcutting by 50% would be economically disastrous for the NS forest industry. Many stats, bar charts etc. 1990-2010.

NS DNR Provincial Timber Objective
At some point in 2016 I downloaded a PDF document titled NS DNR Provincial Timber Objective dated February 17, 2016. However it seems not to be available on the NSDNR website now. It appears to be from a slide show; the one item I could find on the NSDNR website is a slide of the Forest Planning System. It is a significant document, with many maps, tables, assumptions and modelled projections that should be readily available to the public but seem not to be.