Profile Picture Open Data Nova Scotia

created Apr 11 2016

updated Aug 24 2016

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This dataset identifies those stands on crown land that meet the Old Forest criteria under the Old Forest Policy; or have been selected as potential future old forest in order to satisfy the policy objective of managing the crown forest area of each ecodistrict such that 8% will be allowed to develop to an old forest condition.

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old forest, forest, old growth, mature climax forest
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Based on data available as of 2006. The old forest layer of the GIS maps the locations of stands that were selected under the Interim Old Forest Policy of 1999 (http://www.gov.ns.ca/natr/forestry/programs/ecosystems/old-policy.asp). The forests identified in the layer consist of old growth stands, as well as mature stands set aside to restore old growth. According to the policy these stands will be maintained, and left to mature naturally with no management intervention.Most of the forests in this layer are not old growth. The majority are mature climax stands that provide good opportunities for longterm old growth restoration. They were selected following the Procedures in the Interim Old Forest Policy. True old growth forests are uncommon, and make up only a small proportion of the stands in this layer. The location of all old growth in the Province is unknown, however DNR maintains a registry of old stands that have been evaluated using DNR's Old Forest Scoring system (http://www.gov.ns.ca/natr/forestry/programs/ecosystems/scoresht.asp).The 2008 report "Implementation of Nova Scotia Interim Old Forest Policy for Crown Land - A Status Report" provides a summary of the forest stands contained within the old forest layer. (http://www.gov.ns.ca/natr/forestry/reports/interim-old-forest-policy.pdf).
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http://www.gov.ns.ca/natr/forestry/reports/interim-old-forest-policy.pdf
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