Maritime forest

As of Earth Day 2005, the WWF Nature Audit had determined that Canada's Maritime forests were doing worse than expected, due to practices such as:

The Nova Scotia Protected Wilderness Area program for instance does not include the Blanford forest set aside as a game sanctuary by Cyrus Eaton. Because it is said to contain no "rare and endangered species" Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources says it has "no conservation value"; "what about your everyday ordinary wildlife... who's protecting them?" asks activist Brad Armstrong. Habitat loss is the number one danger to biodiversity worldwide - Crown land status is not sufficient to guarantee its protection from destruction.

In New Brunswick where 50% of the land is Crown land, at any given time these forests have to have 10% old growth but in any given year this can be cut as new areas technically qualify as "old growth". Despite "talk about 33% being protected," this number is simply misleading and inoperative if there are no permanently protected areas, according to biologists.

In Prince Edward Island 90% of the land is privately owned and all but 2% has been transformed since settlement by Europeans.

In Nova Scotia slightly more Crown land base is set aside - 70% of the land base is privately owned.

"To allow us to study the natural progression of the Acadian forest here, and we're certainly supportive of that," Nova Scotian forestry

Raymond Plourde of Ecology Action Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia says forests "have a wide societal value and a biodiversity value... we are in the greatest extinction phase since the age of the dinosaurs. Now extinction is a very big word and it can't be placed at the doorstep of any one industry... a clearcut may be bad but it will regenerate... a parking lot is forever... it's man's consumptions of the land and natural resources" that are the ultimate problem, "we have to recognize that... the drivers are economic well-being for short-term gain, but we have to take a longer-term view... nature has suffered, and wildlife species have suffered. While we need to set aside permanently more land... the ones that really count are the ones that are protected in perpetuity... we are the generation that has the information and the science to make the decisions that our children and grandchildren will have to live with."