Less than 5% of climax Acadian Forests remain untouched by unsustainable forestry practices. And much of Nova Scotia’s recovery forest regions are privately owned and often sold to be cut down, and burned as biomass — turning these invaluable habitats and carbon sinks into carbon emitting wastelands.
We work to protect intact forests and rehabilitate areas lost to clearcutting. We consider healthy forest stewardship to be an essential part of a livable future in our province. As such, a portion of the proceeds from our workshops and course offerings goes towards the purchase and protection of vulnerable in-tact Nova Scotian forest lands as well as the restoration of forest and wetland habitats damaged by clearcutting and other ecologically harmful development.
Forestry for the future
In contrast to the Industrial ‘Forestry’ model (clearcutting) of resource depletion, value extraction and, environmental degradation; Community Supported Forestry builds forest resources over time, keeps value in the local community, and supports the integrity of our vital forest ecosystems.
- Land owner must make a profit above the contractor
- Contractor must make a profit above machine operators
- Operators pay loan interest, maintenance, and fuel costs on machines
- 95% of the forest biomass value must be liquidated as a result of narrow profit margins
- Clearcut land recovers slowly, with successive harvests occurring at 40 years at the earliest
- Rate of successive harvests do not allow forests to fully mature, harvested biomass is often low-value chips or firewood
- Environmental impacts and negative impacts on local land values are externalized costs shouldered by the local community
- Trees are selectively harvested based on age, health, and canopy-cover
- Recent windfalls and diseased trees are utilized
- Increasing biomass year-over-year is maintained
- Economic benefit stays in the community (not going to banks as loan interest on harvesters, non-local corporate interests)
- Increasing land value and greater economic equality in the community
- High-value resources such as hardwood timber, high-value forage increase over time
- Community continues to benefit from ecosystem services such as crop pollination, natural pest management, stable watersheds and of course, oxygen released as byproduct of CO2 sequestration
Our current forestry projects
Foster Lake Conservation Forest
80 acres of protected mature Acadian and succession forest.
Arlington West Regenerative Harvest
42 acres of sustainably managed Acadian forest and selective-harvest timber milling site.
Hampton Forest Restoration Project
80 acres of forest, including wetland areas lands lost to clearcutting in 2019. Currently in the early recovery phase, waste-wood left behind is being collected by community members for use as fuel wood. Restoration techniques include selective thinning of coppiced regrowth, species diversification to ensure an indigenous mix of hard and softwoods is achieved, and biochar production for carbon sequestration.
If you’d like to learn more about sustainable forestry or forest restoration, we offer consultation services as well as our Permaculture Internship program for those interested looking to develop their skills.
We are also keen to partner with artists via our Artist Residency program to help raise awareness and create habitat interventions as part of our forest recovery project. Contact us today to learn how you can help change the face of forestry in Nova Scotia.