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created Oct 31 2018

updated Nov 5 2018

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The Ecological Land Classification (ELC version 2015) for Nova Scotia provides a hierarchical mapping of the province's forest ecosystems into ecosections, ecodistricts and ecoregions. It includes interpretation of the dominant natural disturbance regimes and potential climax forests at the ecosection level.

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ecosystem, ecosection, ecodistrict, ecoregion, land classification, land use, forest, forest management
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Natural Resources
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Nova Scotia, Canada
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Based on data available and understanding as of 2015
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The Department of Lands and Forestry has prepared the 2015 version of the ELC to assist in the planning and management of sustainable forests. In this framework of mapped ecosystems the ELC provides an understanding of ecosystem form and function and the dependent biodiversity by linking the physical and biological environment of each system. Ecosystems on the landscape represent the effects of the interactions of climate, landform, water and soils and thus the distribution of biodiversity. Land Systems are mapped at 1:50,000 from the Nova Scotia Biophysical Land Classification were used to define the physical attributes of the smallest mapped unit of the ELC - the Ecosection (1:50,000). Infrared aerial photography (1:63,560) flown in 1976 and used to determine the Land Systems was also used to re-check Ecosection boundaries. In addition the following were used to assist in the delineation of Ecosections, Ecodistricts and Ecoregions: Provincial soils maps - 1:50,000; 1:63,000; 1:126,000 Surficial geology maps - 1:500,000; 1:100,000 National topographic series - 1:50,000 Forestry mapping - 1:10,000 Geology - 1:640,000 Radarsat 3D imagery The Climate for Agriculture in Canada (1985) The Natural History of Nova Scotia (1996) Geological Background and Physiography of Nova Scotia (1982) A National Ecological Framework for Canada (1995) Ecoregions and Ecodistricts of Nova Scotia (1999) Natural Landscapes of Nova Scotia (1997) This edition includes updates of the 2005 and 2007 editions to incorporate more recent data and understanding as of 2015.
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http://novascotia.ca/natr/forestry/ecological/ecolandclass.asp
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