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The Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners and Operators Association is committed to being your best source for information and advice about the sustainable management of the Acadian Forest. We do not offer silviculture or harvesting services; our interest is only in the protection and enhancement of the native forest ecosystems of Nova Scotia.

Forest management is a complex activity. Current forest conditions, markets, soils, an owner’s personal goals, tax planning and many other factors influence which management activities should be considered in any stand of trees. Thankfully, there are many opportunities to learn more about forest management and to connect with landowners and forest professional who can offer good advice.

Information about programs and events offered by NSWOOA, the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources, and other organizations that support woodland owners, can be found here.

Nov. 8 field day on woodlots & wildlife, plus roads and trails

Where: South Brookield, Queens County
When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, 8 Nov.

This free event is part of the new Woodlot Management Mentorship Program, which aims to create opportunities for family forest owners to learn from each other, and give experienced owners a chance to share their knowledge. Each field day aims to enhance the information provided in the NSDNR’s Woodlot Management Home Study series.

Join us on Jim Crooker's woodlot to take a practical look at the following Home Study modules: Roads and Trails -- Planning it Right from the Start; plus Woodlots & Wildlife. Jim is the sixth generation of his family to manage this exceptional woodlot in South Brookfield.

The field day is sponsored by the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute, the Federation of Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners, and Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners and Operators Association. For more information, go to: http://nswooa.ca/assets/Uploads/files/MENTORSHIP-FIELD-DAY-Nov-2014-Final.pdf.

Tours of Otter Ponds Demonstration Forest

Otter Ponds Demonstration Forest highlights the philosophy, science, and practice of uneven-aged management in the Acadian Forest. It produces timber for market using the best forest practices presently known, while protecting wildlife habitat and the Tangier River watershed, respecting the ecosystem services provided by the parcel, and enhancing the social and cultural value of the forest. Management practices are certified to the Forest Stewardship Council’s Maritime Standard.

Woodlot owners, elementary and high school groups, university students and researchers, and other groups are invited to visit Otter Ponds to see an outstanding example of working forestland. Contact Andy Kekacs, project manager, at 902-817-4763 or andy.nswooa@gmail.com



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