07/05/2012 01:56 EDT | Updated 09/04/2012 05:12 EDT

N.S. government offers money to improve roads, access to woodlots

HALIFAX - The Nova Scotia government is providing $1 million to private woodlot owners who want to improve access to their forest lands.

Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker says the money can be used to build and maintain woodlot roads.

He says improved access will help woodlot owners better manage their lands and practise silviculture.

To apply, woodlot owners must have land holdings of 20 to 20,000 hectares and meet other conditions.

They cannot be producers of softwood lumber or other wood products covered under a bilateral lumber agreement between Canada and the States.

Details on the program are available on the Department of Natural Resources website.