Some sources of statistics for Nova Scotia Forests
NSDNR ANNUAL REPORTS
– Business Plan (2016-2017)
– Statement of Mandate (2015-2016)
– Accountability Report (2015-2016)
– Registry of Buyers of Primary Forest Products 2016 Calendar Year / June 2017
NSDNR stats for 2016 “The total reported provincial harvest for 2016 was 3,736,468 cubic metres of solid wood. Of this amount, 77% or 2,891,950 cubic metres were softwood species. The total volume of wood acquired for export was reported to be 320,596 cubic metres, or 9% of the total harvest. The total volume of wood imported for use in Nova Scotia was reported to be 217,308 cubic metres, or 6% of the total wood consumed in Nova Scotia. The provincial harvest for 2016 shows a decrease of 0.3% compared to the 2015 harvest of 3,748,685 cubic metres.” An important footnote in the report (p2): “The volume of firewood harvest included in this report reflects only the amount acquired by registered commercial firewood businesses. Firewood businesses acquiring less then 1000 m3 are not required to register. However, through review of the Statistics Canada 2011 Census; The Statistics Canada Households and the Environment Survey, 2013; and the N.S. Dept. of Energy, Thinkwell Customer Behavior Study, 2008; the Department of Natural Resources estimates that as much as 444,000 cubic metres is used as a household energy source on an annual basis in Nova Scotia..”- only 51,474m3 are reported otherwise. Past reports (2000-2015) are available.
Registry of Buyers
“The Registry of Buyers is a registry of individuals and businesses who acquire primary forest products for processing into secondary products, export, sale as firewood, or production of energy. The Registry of Buyers provides reliable data to help the public, business, and government understand wood demands and estimate sustainable harvest levels. This will help determine long-term resource management needs and identify value-added opportunities for our forest products.”
– Sustainable Forestry Fund (NSDNR) “The Forest Sustainability Regulations require Registered Buyers provide for silviculture on Nova Scotia forest land in proportion to the value of primary forest products they acquire in a year.”
– Association for Sustainable Forestry (ASF)
“The Association works with silviculture contractors, woodland owner groups, and individuals to allocate and monitor the silviculture funds available through the provisions of the Nova Scotia Forests Act. Serving as a conduit between woodland owners and the forest industry, the Association is dedicated to ensuring the future health and enhancement of resources on privately owned woodlands.” View Silviculture treatments funded through ASF
– 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…”
Panta Rei blog: economics of forestry in Nova Scotia & changes in forests and employment
Three posts made in March/April 2017 address the forest economy in N.S.: NS Budget, Economics and Employment With comparison to Tourism, Analysis of the economics of forestry in Nova Scotia, From ships to chips, Nova Scotia Forestry analysis.
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)
Pop quiz: N.S. myths debunked
Jon Tattrie. CH July 4, 2017.
“The fast-moving Nova Scotia economy often outstrips our ideas about what makes the province tick. Let’s bust some common myths — and reveal the truth they hide….Statistics Canada reports that in May, 450,000 Nova Scotians worked. Of that, 368,000 worked in the services-providing sector in industries such as retail, transportation, finance, insurance, real estate, professions, education and health care…The entire goods-producing sector employs 81,900 people in agriculture, utilities, construction, and manufacturing. Add up natural resources jobs in forestry, mining, quarrying, oil and gas, and fishing, and you get 11,100 workers, less than 0.25 per cent of the total jobs.”
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
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,
Nova Scotia Forests are:
A September 2013 study by Atlantic Provinces Economic Council found that Nova Scotia’s forestry industry:
Industry Canada Trade data for 2014 found that Nova Scotia’s forest industry:
| Major forestry industrial sites:
– Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Ltd. in Pictou
– Great Northern Timber in Sheet Harbour
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).
Life after pulp: energy miracles, jobs, and other Nova Scotia government delusions (May 5, 2017; (behind a firewall))
Testing the Limits: Critical Boreal Felt Lichen Habitat in Halifax County Slated to be Wiped Out (Mar 10, 2017)
Testing the Limits: Part 2: the examiner goes on the road in search of an endangered lichen. (a photo essay) Mar 29, 2017 .
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.]
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. View also Woodbridge Wood Supply Scenarios – Clearcut Harvest Policy Analysis (“An Overview of Procedures Used to Examine Potential Wood Supply Impacts Across Multiple Clearcut Harvesting Scenarios – In Support of a Larger Economic Assessment being Conducted by Woodbridge Associates”)
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.
Nova Scotia Land Purchases 2006-2015
Totals: 2006-2015: $275,488,495; 826,537.36 acres. The biggest purchases were in 2012/2013: $141,544,117′ 612,997.24 acres (248,071.40 ha; 224,600.73 from Bowater)
Hansard Committee on Public Accounts Apr 6, 2016: Department of Natural Resources
November 2015 Report of the Auditor General Chapter 6, Forest Management and Protection.. perspectives of DNR, with some stats that may be difficult to find elsewhere if you can wade through it. “Clear-cutting harvesting and its impacts are generally misunderstood by the general public.”