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Community Forest project gets boost from the province

January 30 2015

BILL POWER BUSINESS REPORTER 
Published January 30, 2015 

The province is contributing $274,000 to a community forest project in Annapolis County to be managed by Medway Community Forest Co-operative Ltd.

Minister of Natural Resources Zach Churchill said in an announcement Friday the project is the first of its kind in Eastern Canada.

“Government wants our forests managed in ways that bring us economic, environmental and social benefits. This pilot project is a key part of that mix,” Churchill said in a news release.

The three-year project will be on 15,000 hectares of provincial Crown land.

The co-operative will develop a long-term, ecological plan to manage the working forest and support local forest-based businesses.

Co-operative chairman Will Martin said community forests across the country contribute to rural economies.

The plan is to develop a collaborative model for forest management to support long-term sustainability, he said in the release.

Medway Community Forest Co-operative is supported by several groups, including the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute, Wind Horse Woods, the North Queens Board of Trade, the Federation of Nova Scotia Woodland Owners, the Nova Scotia Woodland Owners and Operators Association, the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council and the Ecology Action Centre, as well as community members, forestry contractors and mills.

The community forest is near the communities of Annapolis Royal, Bear River, South Milford, Springfield, New Germany and Caledonia, according to the co-operative’s website.

More information is at medwaycommunityforest.com.

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