Nova Scotia needs old forests. Old forests are valuable in and for themselves. They also:

  • shelter more life and store more carbon,
  • slow flooding and improve water quality,
  • soothe the soul and entice tourists

In Nova Scotia, there aren’t many left. In 1958 forests over 80 years old made up 25% of Nova Scotia’s forests. By 2003 that figure was down to 1.5%. Most of the remaining old natural forests are in the southwest.

The good news is that our government has made a legal commitment to protect 20% of Nova Scotia’s lands and waters by 2030. To do this they will need to add 330,000 hectares to protected areas in the next 7 years. Fortunately there is more than enough publicly owned land to do this and still have ample crown land available for forestry and other uses. 

The bad news? The way things are going, the remaining old forests will be logged before they can be protected.

It is fine for the government to take its time deciding which forests will receive permanent protection. They need to make thoughtful decisions based on science, Indigenous consultation and public input.

We are not opposed to all forestry. 
We are opposed to logging forests that should be protected.
But without a pause on logging in old forests, what will be left to protect?

The Save Our Old Forests (SOOF) Association is a registered nonprofit based in Kespukwitk, Mi’kma’ki. SOOF has two primary objectives:

  1. To engage the public in helping to protect the forests in keeping with the Government of Nova Scotia’s commitment to protect 20% of Nova Scotia’s lands and waters by 2030; and
  2. To raise awareness of the ecological importance of protecting forests over 80 years old in particular.

Keep up with the latest news about the campaign, requests for support and upcoming events all around Nova Scotia!

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