As the provincial government continues to face criticism for a recent update to its natural resources strategy and its decision to allow companies to spray herbicides, one long-time forester says there is an even bigger problem at hand: the lack of a real long-term plan.
Forestry is an especially important sector for rural parts of the province, which is why Harold Alexander is so troubled by what he says is only a minor effort by the province to harness the potential of the resource.
At the end of the month, Alexander, who has worked the woods in Digby County for more than 30 years, and four other people will travel to Finland.
The group will attempt to learn why that country's forestry well outpaces the performance of ours, yet remains sustainable and preserves healthy forests, all with a fairly similar split between private and public land. read more >>