Nova Scotia is expediting additional programs for private woodlot owners that will help woods workers in the southwestern section of the province.
"This investment helps bring positive change in the forest sector, while helping the environment and the economy," Charlie Parker, Minister of Natural Resources said June 22. "Silviculture has many benefits, including creating healthier forests, quality wood growth, improved wildlife habitat and productive and sustainable forest stands."
Silviculture workers that would have planted and thinned for Resolute Forest Products will shift to provincially funded operations.
The Association for Sustainable Forestry will administer the investment.
"The additional funding will be welcomed by silviculture contractors and woodlot owners alike," said association co-ordinator David Sutherland. "It is a very appropriate investment in our rural communities and will contribute positively to the future health and productivity of Nova Scotia's forests."
The money will support forest management practices and treatments applied to uneven-aged forests.