07/18/2013 11:19 EDT | Updated 09/17/2013 05:12 EDT

Nova Scotia to ban whole- and full-tree harvesting, government says

HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's natural resources minister says the provincial government plans to ban whole- and full-tree harvesting after reviewing forestry practices across the country.

Charlie Parker says the proposed amendments to regulations are intended to ensure the forestry industry is sustainable.

Whole-tree harvesting involves the removal of entire trees from forests, while full-tree harvesting sees tree stumps and roots remain.

The Christmas tree industry and non-forestry operations, such as land-clearing, real estate and agriculture, would be exempt from the rules.

The province is seeking public reaction to the proposed amendments and comments can be submitted until Aug. 20 on the department's website.