Nova Scotia

Natural resources strategy coming soon

Nova Scotia's long-awaited natural resources strategy will be released next week.

Nova Scotia's long-awaited natural resources strategy will be released next week, the minister says.

The strategy will come eight months later initially than promised.

Charlie Parker wouldn't give details Thursday about the future management of province's forests. He said the release of the report follows extensive study by his department.

The strategy was expected last December. A preview stated that there would be strict limits on the amount of wood removed through clear-cutting.

At the time, the government called for a 50 per cent reduction in clear cutting over five years, and also said it would prohibit the removal of whole trees to maintain soil.

John MacDonell, the minister at the time, said all commercial harvests would have to be registered with the department.

However, the report said the government had to encourage more private woodlot owners to get involved in the industry to help address potential supply issues.

With files from The Canadian Press

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