Province to buy land from struggling forestry sector members

The Lands and Forestry Department will focus all its budget to buy land this year on people in the forestry industry looking to sell. (Submitted by Anthony Taylor)

Michael Gorman · CBC News

Nova Scotia’s Lands and Forestry Department is focusing all of its budget for buying land this year on people connected to the industry who might need help following the closure of Northern Pulp.

Each year, the department has $1.5 million to buy land from a variety of sources, but this year it will focus entirely on people in the forestry sector who have land to sell. The land must be appraised by an accredited third party and sold at fair market value.

Lands and Forestry Minister Iain Rankin acknowledged it’s a small step to help a reeling industry, but said it’s part of a broader effort.