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Focus on firewood: a long-term economic strategy for integrating firewood harvesting, silviculture, and rural socio-economic development. 2001. Manley, A.L.; MacFarlane, D.D. Pages 178-191 in J.L. Herbohn, S.R. Harrison, K.F. Herbohn, and D.B. Smorfitt, editors. Developing Policies to encourage small-scale forestry: Proceedings from an International Symposium, January 9-13, 2000, Kuranda, Australia. University of Queensland, Queensland, Australia.

Year: 2001

Issued by: Atlantic Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 19370

Language: English

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Nova Scotia has high domestic demand for firewood for home heating and other energy purposes. This paper first analyses the domestic demand, production systems and price structure for firewood for the Cumberland and Colchester county areas of Nova Scotia. A long-term economic strategy for integrating domestic firewood harvesting with intensive silviculture is then developed. The strategy incorporates goals of forest improvement, socio-economic development and mitigation of environmental impacts. Three forest management alternatives were evaluated by cost-benefit analysis, viz. wood production emphasis, silviculture emphasis and economic activity emphasis. The third of these alternatives was found to generate the greatest social benefits, but requires the highest investment.