Gov’t strategy

What the strategy says it will do:

  • Reduction in conservation forest from 28% to 23%;
  • 21% increase in wood supplied from crown lands (soft wood; mature forest stands);
  • Reduce mature forest stands from 26% currently to 10% in 50 years;
  • Increase silviculture plantations from 12% today to 21% in 50 years; more commercial thinning;
  • Guaranteeing this 21% increased wood supply to licensees (no specifics);
  • Total wood taken from crown lands up to 3.9 million cubic meters;
  • Promise of 500 new jobs created, and 600 million investment by Irving in its mills (200 direct jobs);
  • Increase of PNA’s to 8% of crown land (no specifics);
  • Increased royalties (no specifics);
  • Habitats will be “re-arranged”;
  • Accessing steep slopes, rocky areas, buffers;
  • Maintain only active deer yards.

Government will begin working immediately with Licensees to develop and implement a more cost effective and transparent approach to managing our Crown lands.” (from document, March 12th, 2014)

Press release and Strategy document: Putting our Resources to Work, a Strategy for Crown Lands Forest Management

What it does:

  • Reduction in conservation forest from 31% up to 2012, to 23% in 2014-2024 = 315,000 m3/year
  • Reduction of Old Forest habitat from 438,000 ha to 278,000 ha (37% reduction)
  • Reduction of deer wintering areas from 266,000 ha to 141,000 ha (47% reduction)
  • No longer required to prevent converting Acadian Forest areas, and allowing further 10% of harvest through clearcuts = 142,000 m3/year
  • Reduced requirement to leave forest patches in clearcuts by 10% = 57,000 m3/year
  • Cutting more younger trees = 54,000 m3/year
  • Increase clearcuts from 75 ha to 100 ha everywhere, and reduce time to clearcut in adjacent areas from 10 to 5 years = 45,000 m3/year
  • Cut on steep slopes and wet areas = 26,000 m3/year
  • Eliminate buffers from wetlands not currently designated as wetlands = 21,000 m3/year