High Conservation Value Forests (HCVF) are regionally significant forest areas identified for a unique or rare value. Classified under a defined set of criteria to manage for specific values over time to ensure their place in the ecosystem is maintained and / or enhanced. It is during the development of the management plan that these values, if occurring, are identified and strategies are applied.
One of the most common examples of HCVF in Cape Breton is Wood Turtle habitat. When identified through mapping exercises, these potential habitat areas are confirmed by the regional DNR biologist. When confirmed, the strategy involves following guidelines to protect and / or enhance this habitat, paying special attention to seasonal breeding and rearing times.