Dalhousie Law Journal


Peter A. Love


Renewable Forest Resource, Renewing, Legislative Framework, source of economic activity and wealth


Since the first settlers arrived on Canada's shores, the forests have been looked to as a major source of economic activity and wealth. Year after year and decade after decade, Canadians have gone to the woods to fell trees in order to satisfy the ever-increasing demands of both the country and the world. In the nineteenth century, the magnificent pine and oak timber of eastern Canada, highly prized as lumber for construction and ship building, was the first to be depleted.' The beginning of the twentieth century saw the loggers moving north and west as the demand for paper and the pulp that produced it gave value to the spruce and jack pine forests of the vast Boreal region, which stretches in a broad swath from the Yukon to Newfoundland. The loggers also went to British Columbia, where the firs and spruce dwarfed anything the east had to offer. As the years passed, the loggers went further and further inland and further and further north, always seeking the virgin forests that could meet the growing demand for forest products.

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