FORESTRY IN NOVA SCOTIA BY THE NUMBERS

source: National Forestry Database Program (NFDP), Canadian Council of Forest Ministers. http://nfdp.ccfm.org

Since 1992 Nova Scotia's forests have been clearcut at an average of over 500km2 per year.

Area
Total Area of NS: 5.6 million hectares (56,000 km2)
Land Area: 5.3 million hectares (53,000 km2)
Forested Area: 4.1 million hectares (41,000 km2)

Ownership
Provincial Crown: 28%
Federal Crown: 3%
Private: 69%

Harvest by Volume
1992: 4.6 million cubic metres
1997: 6.6 million cubic metres
1998: 5.8 million cubic metres

Harvest by Area (km2)

YEAR
Total area cut
Area clearcut1
Area clearcut2
1975
272.6
n/a
n/a
1980
364.4
350.0
n/a
1985
297.8
288.8
n/a
1990
399.0
393.1
388.3
1992
348.2
339.3
331.8
1993
435.7
427.8
417.9
1994
490.8
476.5
465.2
1995
499.7
490.9
489.2
1996
590.5
583.7
575.4
1997
694.8
687.2
655.9
1998
542.0
536.2
521.1
1990-1998
4,000.7
3,934.7
3,844.8

In Perspective

In 1997 nearly two square kilometres of forest were clearcut everyday in Nova Scotia.
In 1997 and 1998 clearcutting accounted for 98.9 % of forest area harvested in Nova Scotia.

1 Includes seed tree and shelterwood cuts, considered by the CCFM to be types of clearcuts
2 Does not include seed tree and shelterwood cuts