The Nova Scotian Government recently announced a plan to raise the fine for illegal chopping down timber of Crown Land. These new provisions come as a result of an investigation of illegal tree cutting in Long Lake Provincial Park, which led to criminal charges against three logging companies back in May. These three companies were found guilty of cutting down or destroying almost 4 hectares of timber in November 2015.

What are the exact penalties for violating this new legislation, and what do these increased fines mean for the lumber industry in Nova Scotia? Here is some more information about this new policy and what it could mean for you.

How Does This New Policy Work?

This increase in fines for illegal logging has different consequences for individuals and companies. Under the previous law, individuals found guilty of illegal logging on Crown Land could be subject to a fine of up to $2000 for a first offence. Under the new policy, this number will increase to $5,000. Individuals can now be charged up to $10,000 for each subsequent offence, or face up to a year of jail time, or both.

The former penalty for companies found guilty of illegal logging $2,000 or up to six months imprisonment. The new penalty is a fine of up to $250,000 for a first offence, with a fine of up to $500,000 for each subsequent event. Penalties under this new legislation may also include land remediation and recovery of up to double the value of any wood illegally cut of damaged. The government says that this new policy is in keeping with the legislation in place across the rest of the country to protect national parks and green land. 

What Does This New Policy Mean For The Lumber Industry?

With this new policy, it’s especially important for loggers and lumber yard owners to use their land as efficiently as possible to maximize efficiency without accidentally encroaching on Crown Land. For timber marketing, silviculture and general forestry consulting, contact the professional lumber industry experts at HC Haynes today.