The Department of Natural Resources has broad responsibilities relative to the development, management, conservation and protection of forest, mineral, parks and wildlife resources and the administration of the province's Crown land.

Mission

"To build a better future for Nova Scotians through responsible natural resource management."

The Department achieves its mission and discharges its mandate through:

* the development of its people (staff)
* teamwork with Department staff and clients
* improved business processes
* excellence in client service

Goals

The Department of Natural Resources has the following goals:

* to achieve sound natural resources stewardship;
* to conserve the diversity of Nova Scotia's natural environment;
* to support Nova Scotia's economy through the sustainable development of natural
resources;
* to improve the quality of life in Nova Scotia; and
* to manage the Department's financial, physical, human, and information resources
effectively and efficiently.