WHAT’S IN A WOODLOT MANAGEMENT PLAN? A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF REQUIREMENTS FOR PRIVATE WOODLOT MANAGEMENT PLANNING IN NOVA SCOTIA
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The purpose of this honours thesis was to synthesize a set of management plan criteria for private woodlot owners in Nova Scotia through a review of the relevant literature. This literature included sources such as forest certification schemes, general forestry guidebooks, legal documents, and various other studies and journal articles. The results were compiled and organised in a template which displayed each woodlot management plan requirement found from each source and any pertinent information about the individual requirements. Several of the requirements were found to be in the majority of sources reviewed, including most of the forest certification schemes. A list of the most recommended woodlot management plan requirements is given based on compliance with the main forest certification schemes used in Nova Scotia: the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Maritime Standard (Forest Stewardship Council Canada 2008a), the Canadian Standards Association‟s (CSA) Z804 (Canadian Standards Association 2008), and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative‟s (SFI) standard (Sustainable Forestry Initiative 2008).