Forestry Advisory Committee

Nova Scotia creates advisory committee to focus on forestry

from Halifax Daily News 2 Sep 2015

By: Cindy Macdonald, editor



The Department of Natural Resources has created a Forest Biodiversity
Science Advisory Committee to enhance the management of Nova Scotia's
Crown-owned woodlands. The committee includes experts on forest science,
biodiversity, ecological planning and spatial modelling.
Natural
Resources Minister Lloyd Hines thanked the participants, and said: "I
know their contributions will add tremendous value as we move forward in
improving forest management in Nova Scotia."
During quarterly
meetings, the members share knowledge and guidance as Nova Scotia moves
to landscape-scale management of Crown-owned lands. Only 35 per cent of
all land in Nova Scotia is owned by the province. Meaning most forest
lands in the province are privately owned and managed.
"The members
of the new committee have very extensive and broad experience of
biodiversity science," said Sherman Boates, chair of the committee.
"Their independent advice will improve government's capacity to address
complex biodiversity conservation and resource-use issues."
Members of the Forest Biodiversity Science Advisory Committee are:
- Sherman Boates, Department of Natural Resources, PhD, chair
- Peter Duinker, Dalhousie University, PhD, forest science expert
- Tom Herman, Acadia University, PhD, biodiversity expert
- Thom Erdle, University of New Brunswick, PhD, spatial modelling expert
- Graham Forbes, University of New Brunswick, PhD, ecological planning expert
- Peter Bush, Department of Natural Resources, PhD