The Lahey independent review of Nova Scotia forestry practices makes 45 recommendations after a year-long study.
Lahey recommends that the province adopt what is known as the triad model of ecological forestry.
“It seeks to combine conservation of nature with a productive and profitable forestry industry,” says William Lahey, a former deputy minister of Environment before becoming president of University of King’s College.
Lahey says the top priority is to protect biodiversity but the objective of the model is not to kill the forest industry.
Also, Lahey recommends big changes to the way crown lands are managed. He says before issuing or renewing the utilization agreements of forestry companies like Northern Pulp and Port Hawkesbury Paper, a legislated environmental assessment process by an independent third party should be taken to ensure companies are adhering to the principles of ecological forestry.
Lahey recommends the adoption of new regulations to prohibit full-tree harvesting combined with clearcutting on both crown land and private woodlots.