How to bring back forest cover: recommendations include zero tax on forested land

By Louise Sproule, The Review, October 1, 2018

Forest cover is decreasing and a recent South Nation Conservation (SNC) report called, “Protecting and Increasing Forest Cover in the South Nation Conservation Jurisdiction” makes several recommendations for education and promotion, basing this need on forest cover information dating back to aerial surveys taken in 2014.

The South Nation Conservation initiative involved the creation of an Agricultural Forest Cover Committee (AFCC) in January 2017 with 22 members. This group met six times between January and April of 2017. Then a broader multi-stakeholder Forest Conservation Working Group was formed to continue the work of the AFCC. The Working Group’s mandate was to provide recommendations to the SNC’s board of directors and 16 member municipalities.

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