Nova Scotia’s traditional industries have a critical role to play in our future. We must support these industries to develop skilled workers who can bring the latest in ecological forestry practices to the sector.
The Lahey Report outlines a plan to balance a variety of interests in our Crown Land forests and to move into an innovative future. It describes a triad of ecological forestry: conservation, high production, and mixed/matrix forest zones.
The Liberal government worked with ecology and industry experts to outline best practices for harvesting, biodiversity conservation, lower impact forestry, and high production forestry. This work was used to develop two transformational forestry guides: the Silviculture Guide for Ecological Matrix (SGEM) and the High Production guide.
The Liberal government invested $5.4 million to assist in the transition to ecological forestry, including $1 million for training for our skilled workers and implementing the new guides. The guides will be in full operation by fall 2021.
We are also committed to keeping forestry in Nova Scotia ahead of the curve with a $6.1 million investment, through the Forestry Innovation Transition Trust, in the Centre of Forest Innovation at NSCC in Truro. This new facility will upskill existing forestry workers, develop new skilled workers, and support the ongoing development of cutting-edge ecological forestry practices.