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Million-dollar forest research program launched by Northern Pulp Nova Scotia (August 01, 2010)


August 1, 2010
By Pulp & Paper Canada
Mike McLarty

HALIFAX — Northern Pulp Nova Scotia is creating a new Forest Research Program in the province. Northern Pulp’s initiative and $1-million investment over five years will drive research to study the im…

HALIFAX — Northern Pulp Nova Scotia is creating a new Forest Research Program in the province. Northern Pulp’s initiative and $1-million investment over five years will drive research to study the impacts of current forest management practices and help shape and improve forest management strategies in the future.

“As one of Nova Scotia’s largest forest products companies, the health and sustainability of the forest ecosystem is extremely important,” says Michael McLarty, timberlands manager at Northern Pulp Nova Scotia. “We believe the best way to maintain a healthy forest and ecosystem, while producing forest products to meet society’s needs in a safe and economical manner, is to continually gain more knowledge and understanding of the impacts of applied forest management strategies.”

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The Forest Research Program will be chaired by Dr. Peter Duinker, direc-tor and professor, School for Resource and Environmental Studies and associate dean, research with Dalhousie Univer-sity’s Faculty of Management.

“I am deeply impressed that a Nova Scotia forest-products company would make such a huge commitment to improving forest management knowledge through research,” said Dr. Duinker. “There is strong potential to match the company’s research funds with money from Canada’s granting councils, so we are anticipating a vigorous research pro-gram on sustainable forest management.”

Over the next several months, Dr. Duinker, along with Northern Pulp, will invite members of industry, academia and other stakeholder areas, including government, to join the Forest Research Program Advisory Committee.


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