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Vital Work of the Forestry Transition Team – Update
STANDING COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT September 29, 2020
Vital Work of the Forestry Transition Team
STANDING COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT February 5, 2020
Wood Use in Public Buildings
STANDING COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT December 12, 2019
SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON SUPPLY
April 20, 2001 House Committees Supply Subcommittee Meeting topics: Witnesses: Natural Resources/Tourism & Culture
MR. JOHN MACDONELL: Well, far be it for me to say bah-humbug, but the information that I am going on is information that is provided by your department – and someone could tell me – and the only number that I threw in here that is not yours is that I picked a number for harvesting level of 30 cord to the acre as an average. So, anybody in your department could say that I am out to lunch on that, but as far as the size of the forests that we are able to cut timber on right now, according to your document, is 2.6 million hectares which is about 5 million acres, and we are cutting in the range, at least from 1996 to 2000 – that is what this states and I think most of this was tabulated around 1998 – in the area of 6 million metres cubed which is about 3 million cords a year.
So if we consider 3 million cords a year and 30 cords to the acre, according to my calculations, it would take us 15 years to harvest the 5 million acres that we are talking about and the one assumption I made is that, other than the 30 cord to the acre, none of this 5 million acres has been harvested. If we assume that what we consider to be the operable forest with everything taken out for parks, federal lands, et cetera, the areas that you can’t harvest, then you and I will both know that part of that operable forest has already been cut.
Note: From Taylor, 2005: “The 1999 Wood Supply Forecast for Nova Scotia (1996-2070) confirmed that existing harvest levels on small private woodlots were not sustainable with the then current levels of silviculture on those lands (NSDNR 2000a).