The report provides an assessment of how potential market opportunities match with New Brunswick’s Crown and private timber base and its manufacturing capacity and industry capabilities. The report provides an evaluation of the prospects for the industry and product mix. The province’s best prospects for additional investment capital may well be its existing investors. Furthermore, even before the province tries to attract new investment, it is important to understand the conditions necessary to preserve existing investment.
The Code of Forest Practice principles has provided a framework of new direction for the wide range of activities that are and will be happening in Nova Scotia’s forests. They are based on the concept of sustainable forest management which greatly expands the range of priorities for forest use across the province, while at the same time considers the long term well being of the forest environment.
Over 1,000 Permanent Sample Plots (PSPs) have been monitored for up to 30 years in managed forests by the Timber Management Group (map). PSP's have been established in plantations, pre-commercial and commercial thinnings and selection harvests in a variety of forest types and locations on private and crown land throughout the province. Data from these plots are utilized to develop Nova Scotia's Growth and Yield Model for both softwood and hardwood species. This model predicts the yields from our forest stands when managed.
To insure that Nova Scotia's forests are harvested in a sustainable way, its growth and quality is enhanced through the use of silviculture techniques. Some of the silviculture treatments tested, surveyed and reported on include shelter wood, and seed tree harvests, plantations, vegetation management, pre-commercial thinning, and crop-tree-release. Silviculture guides are included here to keep industry actors well informed about the newest best management principles.
Harvesting is the most visible and influential forest management activity. It provides supplies of timber to businesses for production of wood based products while also influencing the ability of the future forest to regenerate and thrive. Harvesting systems can be categorized into two general areas: Even-aged methods such as clear-cutting, shelter wood and commercial thinning and uneven-aged management systems such as individual-tree and group selection methods.
Located in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, home to world-class natural resources and Canada’s most aggressive climate change laws, CSEE is positioned not simply to contribute to this research, but to lead it.
This program prepares you to meet the growing needs of employers in the rapidly expanding field of alternate energy, sustainability, and energy systems management. You're involved in energy auditing and modeling of existing conventional heating and lighting systems, as well as specifying energy efficiency improvements for residential and commercial buildings. You learn how to analyze site characteristics, client needs and advise on improving energy efficiency through, building design/renovation, HVAC system improvements, and the addition of renewable energy.