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Viewing entries posted in September 2015

ASF funding available for uneven-aged management

Posted by Christie Verstraten on 29 September 2015


Starting in October, the Association for Sustainable Forestry will have a total of $300,000 available in funds for private woodlot owners in Nova Scotia doing Category 6 (commercial thinning) and Category 7 (crop tree release, crop tree pruning, and uneven-aged selection management) silviculture work.

You can access these funds whether you do your own work or hire a contractor. If you’re working with a contractor or are part of a forest landowner cooperative, they can take care of applying for funding for you. You can contact ASF for a list of recommended contractors working in your area.

If you would like to do your own work, funding can be accessed directly from the ASF by following these steps:

1. Check the ASF silviculture criteria and procedures manuals to make sure that the pre-treatment conditions of the stands you wish funding for qualify for Categories 6 or 7.

2. Submit a Silviculture Funding Request Form to ASF.

3. Based on the amount of funding ASF allocates to you, submit a Silviculture Funding Application Form, as well as the following:

      a. An application fee of $100

      b. A pre-treatment assessment (PTA) of the stands you wish to work in, completed by an       individual that is PTA certified or FEC (Forest Ecosystem Classification) certified. The ASF can       do this work for you for a fee, or recommend a certified professional.

4. Once ASF approves your application, do the treatment you applied for. When you’re done, submit a Silviculture Funding Claim Form, as well as the following:

      a. A post-treatment assessment to confirm that post-treatment stand conditions still fall       within the requirements for that treatment.

      b. A GPS shapefile of the completed area. If you need any help with creating a shapefile, the       ASF has GIS and GPS experts on hand to help guide you through the process.

When your claim form is approved, the ASF will send you a cheque based on the area completed and type of treatment. The rate per hectare is pre-set for each treatments. For more information about this process, please see the February 2015 issue of Legacy, which can be found here:


Silviculture Criteria and Procedures Manuals, Pre- and Post-Treatment Assessments:

Silviculture Funding Request Form:

Silviculture Funding Application Form:

Silviculture Funding Claim Form:

Climate change impacts weakening temperate forest regions around the world

Posted by Christie Verstraten on 24 September 2015

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Severe droughts, disease, more extensive wildfires, and other climate change-related impacts are threatening and transforming the Earth's temperate forests. Some areas could convert to grasslands or shrublands over the next few decades, if not properly managed.

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Rate of net global deforestation drops by half as wood demand continues to grow

Posted by Christie Verstraten on 14 September 2015

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Since 1990, the rate of net global deforestation has declined by half. During the same time, wood use has continued to grow as global populations expand, showing that sustainable forest management is a valid and successful option for forest owners.

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