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NORTHERN PULP NOVA SCOTIA

WOODLANDS

Forest stewardship is vital to Northern Pulp.


We are one of the provinces’ largest land managers, overseeing 250,000 hectares of forested lands in Nova Scotia.  We believe in maintaining our forest resources to achieve a sustainable balance of economic, environmental and social benefits for current and future generations.  Over the past 50 years of managing lands in Nova Scotia we have helped set aside over 60,000 hectares of high conservation value lands so it can be put into permanent protection.

Forest Stewardship

 

We are committed to sustainable forestry and the long term health of the forest and forest industry.  Our managed lands and forestry practises are certified to third party forestry and environmental certification standards.  We strive to continually improve our forestry practices based on the best available science.

 

Trees are a renewable resource that provides countless products we use every day.  Our tree nursery in Debert grows six million trees annually for replanting. This facility supplies 100% of our seedlings for regenerating our managed lands, and supplies other forestry companies with seedlings.

CERTIFICATION

Northern Pulp’s customers from all around the world demand a product sourced from environmentally responsible forest management.


Through third party certification we are able to prove to our customer and our neighbors that we meet provincial and federal laws and regulations, and perform well beyond them. We are certified to the following third party forestry and environmental standards:

 

Certificates:

 

Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corporation is committed to excellence in environmental and sustainable forest management. 

As part of this commitment, we are proud to provide those interested with Northern Pulp’s Environmental and Sustainable Forestry Policy.

Explore your options


Northern Pulp purchases standing timber stumpage throughout Nova Scotia. If you have further questions about Northern Pulp, are interested in selling standing timber on your woodlot, or would like to speak to a forest professional regarding your woodlot’s potential, please contact us.

For more information contact:


Private stumpage inquires:
Jerrold Graham – 902 396 7983/Jerrold.graham@northernpulp.com

Selling roadside wood:
Scott Fraser – 902 229 2334

NORTHERN PULP WOODLOT PARTNERS PROGRAM

Win-win partnership in sustainable forest management


The purchase of standing timber (“Stumpage”) from private woodlot owners is an important source of wood fibre for the operation of the pulp mill and provides a host of no cost management operations to landowners. The stumpage purchase program is more about building relationships and trust than simply buying standing wood and harvesting it.

 

Valuing your standing timber


As the largest private supplier of timber to sawmills in Nova Scotia, and as a major wood fibre buyer, Northern Pulp calculates stumpage payments based on the value of the timber products growing on your woodlot. Sawlogs and studwood for sawmills, in most market conditions, provide the best return to the landowner, whiles trees, and portions of them, suitable for Kraft pulp production are then factored to calculate the overall value of the woodlot. Northern Pulp needs both saw material timber and pulpwood so there is no incentive to buy only pulpwood.

 

 

Meeting the objectives of the landowner


Northern Pulp makes every effort to enhance the sustainability of the woodlot while attempting to maximize the financial return and meeting the long term objectives of the landowner. Everything, from undertaking a legal land title search to building roads and reforestation after harvest are at Northern Pulp’s cost.

 

 

A partnership that works


Northern Pulp has a long track record of working with woodlots owners. Over the years, this approach has been to ensure the land owner is getting the best possible value while the company secures wood fibre needed to keep its business operating and people employed.

 

This partnership works for several reasons;

  • Short term financial gain by the owner today

  • Understanding that the longer term objectives of the owner for the land are part of the overall plan

  • Commitment that all environmental and wildlife protection measures are adhered to

  • Forest operations are 3rd party certified and audited

 

Woodlot owners even have payment options that meet their individual needs and objectives. Some owners prefer a lump sum payment based on estimated value of their timber, while others prefer to be paid based on the harvested products, after delivery to the local sawmill or pulp mill

 

NURSERY

Northern Pulp Forest Nursery

  • Northern Pulp’s forest nursery presently produces and ships approximately 6 million seedlings annually. Annual capacity is about 8 million trees.

  • Approximately 5 million seedlings from our nursery are planted annually on the following land tenures Northern Pulp company owned, crown leased lands, and private lands with funding provided by Northern Pulp through their private land silviculture program.

  • We supply an additional 1 million seedlings to other forest companies in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick each year.

  • All seedlings are started from genetically improved seed, the majority which comes from our on site seed orchards.

  • Nursery growing facilities consist of 29 greenhouses (1.0 hectare) and 2.6 hectares of outside irrigated growing pads.

  • The nursery employs approximately twenty-two (22) seasonal staff performing such jobs as seeding, thinning, grading, fertilizing, shipping and root pruning the seedlings.

  • Seedlings are reared using a “jiffy” mesh wall container system, which allows for improved root growth in plantations.

  • Tree species grown at the nursery include white, red and black spruce, red and white pine, hybrid larch, and balsam fir.

Tree Improvement Program and Seed Orchards

 

  • Northern Pulp Nova Scotia is an active member of the Nova Scotia Tree Improvement Working Group, a cooperative involved in the selection, propagating, and progeny testing of forest tree species.

  • We have in excess of 17 hectares of first and second generation orchards in white, black, and Norway spruce and Japanese larch, propagated from grafts and/or seedlings, solely for the production of genetically improved seed for our nursery.

  • Northern Pulp has in excess of 46 hectares of forest progeny tests (57 tests) from our orchard material, established on lands throughout Nova Scotia. Results from these tests are being currently used to (1) remove less productive orchard material, and (2) provide

NORTHERN PULP FOREST NURSERY

Northern Pulp Forest Nursery

 

  • Northern Pulp’s forest nursery presently produces and ships approximately 6 million seedlings annually. Annual capacity is about 8 million trees.

  • Approximately 5 million seedlings from our nursery are planted annually on the following land tenures Northern Pulp company owned, crown leased lands, and private lands with funding provided by Northern Pulp through their private land silviculture program.

  • We supply an additional 1 million seedlings to other forest companies in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick each year.

  • All seedlings are started from genetically improved seed, the majority which comes from our on site seed orchards.

  • Nursery growing facilities consist of 29 greenhouses (1.0 hectare) and 2.6 hectares of outside irrigated growing pads.

  • The nursery employs approximately twenty-two (22) seasonal staff performing such jobs as seeding, thinning, grading, fertilizing, shipping and root pruning the seedlings.

  • Seedlings are reared using a “jiffy” mesh wall container system, which allows for improved root growth in plantations.

  • Tree species grown at the nursery include white, red and black spruce, red and white pine, hybrid larch, and balsam fir.

Tree Improvement Program and Seed Orchards

 

  • Northern Pulp Nova Scotia is an active member of the Nova Scotia Tree Improvement Working Group, a cooperative involved in the selection, propagating, and progeny testing of forest tree species.

  • We have in excess of 17 hectares of first and second generation orchards in white, black, and Norway spruce and Japanese larch, propagated from grafts and/or seedlings, solely for the production of genetically improved seed for our nursery.

  • Northern Pulp has in excess of 46 hectares of forest progeny tests (57 tests) from our orchard material, established on lands throughout Nova Scotia. Results from these tests are being currently used to (1) remove less productive orchard material, and (2) provide

       material to propagate second generation orchards.

  • Through testing and selection of the orchard populations, significant improvements are currently being realized in the areas of plantation growth and yield, insect resistance, and adaptation to changing environmental conditions.

SILVICULTURE

Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corporation carries out annual silviculture programs on Company Managed and privately owned woodlots

 


Company Managed Silviculture Program


Programs on company managed lands are based on extensive forest modelling work which outlines the amount (area) of various treatments, such as planting and pre commercial thinning. These treatemnets are required to maintain or increase the annual allowable cut (AAC) on these land tenures. Forest modelling considers land values besides growth and yield such as wildlife and environmental interests.

All forest management activities are tracked on the company’s modern Geographic Information System (GIS). The data is used to refine and improve the results of forest modeling as well as determine where future silviculture inputs should be completed.

Cutovers are surveyed 2 years after harvest to determine if they are adequately regenerating naturally or if planting or fill planting all or a portion of the harvest block is required. Annually, Northern Pulp plants between 20 & 40% of the harvest area surveyed, with the remaining area left to regenerate naturally. Planted areas are assessed two growing seasons after planting to determine survival growth and if competition control is required.

Competition to planted trees is managed using manual or chemical methods to ensure survival and growth rates meet requirements of the forest modeling.

Stands which have regenerated naturally will be surveyed at age 8 -12 depending on species, site quality, location and other forest values to decide if forest management activities such as pre-commercial thinning are required to improve quality and growth of the selected crop trees.

All silviculture treatments are completed by qualified contractors trained in Company and government regulations and individual treatment technical standards. Northern Pulp employs over 200 silviculture workers during peak planting and spacing seasons.

Private Woodlot Management


Northern Pulp is committed to managing private woodlots as well as company owned and crown lands.

Northern Pulp purchases standing timber (called stumpage) from private woodlot owners throughout Nova Scotia. As part of the purchase agreement between Northern Pulp and the land owner we commit to completing regeneration surveys on each harvested area two growing seasons after harvest.

Depending on landowner objectives for their woodlot and results of the regeneration survey, Northern Pulp may plant all or a portion of the harvested area.

Sites that are planted or managed for natural regeneration are treated similarly to company lands where competition and stem density are managed to improve quality and growth. Treatments types and locations are recorded on the company’s GIS to provide data for longer term treatments.

Treated locations for all land tenures are submitted to Nova Scotia Dept. of Natural Resources in order to:

  1. Ensure the company is meeting all requirements under the Forest Sustainability Act, and;

  2. Allow NSDNR to monitor a portion of treated sites ensuring they meet the minimum technical standards required

 

In addition to managing woodlots from which Northern Pulp purchased stumpage, funding may be available to complete forest management activities on other private lots depending on annual funding.

For more information on Northern Pulp NS Corporation’s Silviculture Program please contact our team at: silviculture@northernpulp.com

NORTHERN PULP'S VEGETATION MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

  • Vegetation Management is used to increase the survival and growth of specific crop trees (such as planted softwood trees).

  • Vegetation management tools include manual cutting and herbicides. Specific management tools used depend on the stage in the forest management growth cycle

  • Herbicides are an efficient and effective method of vegetation management.

  • Herbicides control competition short term to give the slower growing softwood time to get established. Competition species will start to regrow on the sites a couple of years after treatment

  • Application is done usually once in a 40-80 year forest growth cycle.

 

Herbicide that is Applied

  • Glyphosate is more widely used in agriculture than for forestry throughout the world (over 160 countries).

  • The herbicide applied is Vision Max which contains the active ingredient glyphosate.

  • Glyphosate has been approved for use in Canada since 1987.

  • Glyphosate is one of the most extensively studied herbicides of all time. The scientific weight of evidence clearly supports conclusion of low risk.

  • It is has been reviewed for use by the US EPA, European Commission,  the FAO and WHO of the United Nations

  • Vision Max is a foliar-applied herbicide approved by the Pest Management Regulatory Agency in 2004 exclusively for use in forestry.

  • Vision Max is approved for use with aerial and ground based application equipment. Application method is selected based on size and shape of treatment block & proximity to human populations.
     

Permitting Requirements
 

  • Applicators must be licensed. Applicators are required to use GPS location and tracking systems and sophisticated nozzle and boom application systems. Staff review GPS data daily to ensure equipment is working properly.

  • Applications for a permit to do pesticide treatments are made to the Nova Scotia Dept. of Environment. Under the regulations NSDOE regulates the sale, application, storage & disposal of pesticides.

  • Notification in media 20 days prior to treatment

  • Sites are posted 30 days prior to treatment

  • Dwellings, businesses etc. with 500 meters of the site are visited and left an information package including contact information.


Setbacks or buffers required as follows:

  • Watercourses minimum 30 meters each side

  • Property boundaries minimum 30 meters

  • Legacy clumps; SMZ’s and wildlife corridors 15 meters

  • Dwellings, camps -  100 meter buffer aerial and 30 meters for ground
     

Setbacks in municipal water supply areas are larger than those outlined above.
 

Setbacks for aerial applications in non-designated municipal water supply areas:
 

  • Point of Intake to water supply system - 1.5 kilometres          

  • Point of intake to 10 km. upstream (following the stream bed) - 1.5 km buffer around all lakes, rivers and tributaries

  • Beyond 10 Km. upstream - 100 meter buffers around all lakes, rivers & tributaries.


Setbacks for ground applications in non-designated municipal water supply areas:

  • Point of Intake to water supply system -  0.5 kilometres

  • Point of intake to 1.5 km. upstream (following the stream bed)  - 0.5 km buffer around all lakes rivers and tributaries

  • Beyond 1.5 Km. upstream - 100 meter buffers around all lakes, rivers & tributaries.

  • Operational restrictions include wind speeds - max 10 km for air and 15 km for ground, air temperature, possibility of rain, controlled start and stop times, on site security.