Friend of the Forest

If you care about forests, you’re in the right place.

A Forest for Everyone

The forests in this region are part of the special Wabanaki forest, a diverse forest that supports an abundance of life. The Wabanaki forest can be our greatest ally in a changing climate if we restore the it to its full potential.


A Family Legacy

Nova Scotia landowner Tom Miller is admired for his dedication to ecological forestry, and his son is now following in his footsteps.

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I was always inspired that my dad was fighting the good fight and sticking up for what was right.

Matt Miller

Frequently Asked

How can I voice my opinion on provincial forest management?

It’s important to speak up on forest issues! Public forests should, by definition, be managed according to the interest and values of the public. Provincial governments often consult the public on forestry issues through surveys and other forums. Other ways of expressing support for forests include signing petitions, writing your local representative, and casting your vote.

Are herbicides bad for the forest?

Herbicides are used to kill young hardwood trees that naturally regenerate in clearcuts, and compete with the softwood trees planted by industry. Hardwoods provide food and habitat to wildlife that the softwoods do not; what's more, simplifying the forest to just a couple of softwood species makes it vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

Why is there so much clearcutting?

Clearcutting doesn't require forest knowledge or technical skill, and it gives the greatest return on investment. Additionally, the forest industry has kept timber prices low for many years, which forces landowners to cut a lot of wood to make money. After decades of market control and low wood prices, a lot of the knowledge and skill to do things differently have been lost.

Where can I find sustainable wood products?

The most sustainable option for paper products is 100% post-consumer recycled products. Certifications exist for other wood products; the most rigorous certification body is the Forest Stewardship Council. You can source construction lumber directly from a local mill. The Maritime Lumber Bureau keeps a helpful registry of lumber graders and mills, but there are many other small sawmills.

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Please fill out the following form to help us build the Maritime Forest Accord, a vision for responsible forest stewardship across the Maritimes.

Together for the Forest

The world needs healthy forests now, more than ever, and we need your help.

Do you believe in a future where the forest can thrive? There are individuals and organizations across the region who are working towards this shared vision. You’ll find many of their stories on this website; they are family forest owners finding innovative alternatives to clearcutting, non-profit organizations protecting fragile forest ecosystems, forestry companies paving the way for more ecological forest management, and individuals who are organizing to protect the forest that we all depend upon.

We’re glad you’re here, because the forest needs your help too. It’s time to come together to protect and restore the Wabanaki forest. The forest has an incredible capacity for renewal and we look to it for inspiration; the forest shows us that we can repair our relationships with the natural world and with each other. To get involved, sign up for our mailing list, search the directory to connect with organizations that share your values, and add your vision and voice to the Maritime Forest Accord.