The president of King's College in Halifax will lead an independent review of forest practices in Nova Scotia.
Natural Resources Minister Margaret Miller says William Lahey will also evaluate market access for private forest owners.
Lahey will carry out a review of existing forest harvest practices including strengths and weaknesses and the overall role of Crown wood supply throughout Nova Scotia.
He will provide recommendations for improvement regarding how Nova Scotia balances long-term environmental, social and economic interests in managing the province's forests.
The review will be conducted in three phases starting in September including reviewing background material, Mi'kmaw, stakeholder and public engagement and preparing the report.
Lahey will deliver a final report to the minister by the end of February.
The report will be made public afterwards.