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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.


4th Women in Forestry Workshop- Aug. 11th, 2017

The 4th Women in Forestry Workshop will be held on Friday, August 11th, 2017 in Chester Grant, NS. This is part of a series of hands-on, one-day workshops for women with an interest in woodland knowledge.

This workshop will cover the following topics: woods safety, pre-treatment assessments, silviculture work, Acadian forest ecology, Acadian forest restoration, and Forest Ecosystem Classification.

Wear footwear appropriate for hiking in the woods and loose-fitting clothing, and be prepared to spend the day outside in the forest! See the poster here for directions to the woodlot.

The cost of this workshop is $20, and participants are asked to bring their own bagged lunch. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. To register, contact Tarissa at tarissa.holmes@merseytobeatic.ca or 902-682-2371


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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