Private Land Management Program


A large percentage of the forest lands of Nova Scotia are privately owned. Historically these lands have provided a significant portion of the fibre used by wood processing facilities within the Province. At the same time, they have also provided a source of income and enjoyment to their owners. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently completed a natural resource strategy which identified an opportunity to increase private landowner engagement in forest management. Landowner engagement is an important part of present and future wood supply in Nova Scotia. Landowners have also suffered the loss of the benefits of a well managed forest and the enjoyment that brings to themselves and future generations.

The Private Land Management Program (PLMP) hopes to re-ignite forest management on private land by helping woodlot owners connect to resources and professional advice. Currently, the program will be is limited to woodlots within Pictou County. The PLMP is administered by ABL Timber Ltd with support from Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corporation.

The programs’ objectives are to build healthy woodlots that can provide a range of sustainable benefits. This may require moving away from clear cutting large areas across a broad range of age classes and replanting (plantation management) to a more site specific approach that keeps the landowner involved, providing an even flow of activities and benefits over the long run.

The PLMP provides a link between the landowner and a host of funding opportunities. Woodlots within the county could be eligible for assistance with the following activities:

  • Forest management plan establishment
  • Forest road construction
  • Road rebuild/upgrade
  • Gravelling
  • Large watercourse crossing construction
  • Multiple harvesting techniques
  • Optimal forest product marketing
  • Pre-commercial and/or commercial thinning
  • Crop tree release and pruning
  • Planting and/or fill planting
  • Tax and inheritance planning

The total number of woodlots to be selected is limited. Criteria for inclusion is based on, but not limited to, available resources, land owner objectives and woodlot characteristics.