Community Forest Fund

Working to protect our forests and promote regenerative forestry

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.

As a not-for-profit, any excess revenue generated by our workshops and courses go into our Forest Fund to secure vulnerable Nova Scotian forest lands, protecting them from clearcutting and other ecologically harmful development.

Community Supported Forestry

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.

Industrial ‘Forestry’:

  • 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

Community Supported Forestry (CSF):

  • Local forests are purchased by the community through a local non-profit society structure
  • The community hires local foresters to manage the regenerative forestry plan
  • Forest resources are selectively harvested by the community, with fair pay going directly to local workers
  • On average, within 10 years, total harvested biomass exceeds the amount harvested ‘all in one go’ in the clearcut model
  • Increasing biomass year-over-year available for future harvest
  • Economic benefit stays in the community, not going to banks as loan interest on machines or to non-local land owners
  • High-value resources such as hardwood timber increase as the forests continues to mature
  • Increasing land value and greater economic equality
  • 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.

CSF Projects

CSF Foster Lake

80 acres of mature Acadian and succession forest.

CSF Arlington West

42 acres of mature Acadian forest and community mill site.

CSF Hampton Recovery Zone

80 acres of recovering clearcut, currently in early recovery phase. Waste-wood left behind is currently being collected by community members for use as fuel wood. Biochar production on-site.

Nominate a Forest

All standing forests are vital to supporting our health and resilience into the future. North Mountain Permaculture is compiling a priority list of Nova Scotia’s most ecologically rich, privately-held forest lands in need of protection from unsustainable forest practices and development. If you know of a standing forest that meets these requirement, please use the contact form below to alert us.

The Forest Fund also provides a secure option should you decide to sell your forest land but wish to ensure these invaluable ecosystems are not lost to clearcutting or other environmentally damaging development. Please contact us below if you are a private land holder looking to make arrangements to ensure your forest lands are held in trust into the future.

Nominate a Forest