Woodlot Stewardship Program

FSC is an internationally recognized certification and labeling system that guarantees that the forest products you purchase come from responsibly managed forests. Forests are certified against a set of strict environmental and social standards, and fibre from certified forests is tracked all the way to the consumer.

Biodiversity on Private Land

Staff Contact: Jane Barker, Abby Lewis

Two thirds of our forests in Nova Scotia are privately owned and throughout our years of species at risk research we've listened to landowners about the need for support in managing private woodlands for biodiversity. We heard your thoughts and are developing a Biodiversity Assessment Tool to assess the special features and wildlife habitats on a woodlot. The assessment looks at a variety of ecological features such as tree species, tree ages and heights, forest dead wood and special habitats like wetlands, watercourses and old forests. All these features can go hand in hand with active forest management and our tool uses this information to recommend practices that ensures these special characteristics are maintained or improved. 

Engaging Municipalities of Kespukwitk in Species At-Risk Planning

Staff Contact: Crystal Doggett

Kespukwitk (Southwest Nova Scotia) is a biodiversity hotspot and one of 11 Priority Places under the Pan-Canadian approach to transforming species at risk stewardship in Canada. The Kespukwitk Conservation Collaborative (KCC) is a collection of partners focused on coordinating conservation in Kespukwitk. The KCC engages with municipalities for species at risk conservation by providing support and resources, including a toolkit for municipal stewardship. We are empowering municipalities to contribute directly to long-term species at risk stewardship in Kespukwitk.