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.
Clearcutting Panel Discussion- Sunday, Mar. 5th
All are welcome to attend the panel discussion 'What is Happening in Our Nova Scotia Forests? Clearcutting: The Impact on Forest Ecology and Climate Change on Sunday, March 5th, 2017 at 2:00pm (doors open at 1:30pm) at the Inverness Fire Hall, NS (Route 19).
The discussion will be followed by a Q&A. Admission is free and tea and coffee will be provided.
- Albert Marshall: Mi'kmaq Elder, Eskasoni; Hon. Doctorate, Cape Breton University; and a long-time activist for the protection of Mother Earth
- Bob Bancroft: President of Nature Nova Scotia and Former Regional Biologist for Eastern Nova Scotia
- Carrie-Ellen Gabriel: PhD candidate, Earth Science Department, Dalhousie University
This event is hosted by the Inverness County Chapter of the Council of Canadians.
2017 Spring Woodland Conferences- Mar. 2nd, 4th and 25th
Join us for the annual Spring Woodland Conference series, where forest professionals and woodland owners discuss topics and provide resources to help you manage your land sustainably, based on your own values and goals. There are three conferences in all, one in each region of Nova Scotia. Listen to presentations on a wide variety of topics; view exhibits of businesses and organizations across the Nova Scotia forest sector; network with woodlot owners, forest professionals, and service providers; and enjoy a delicious lunch.
Western Woodland Conference
Saturday, Mar. 4th, 2017
North Queens Fire Hall (Caledonia, NS)
Central Woodland Conference
Saturday, Mar. 25th, 2017
Maple Ridge Elementary School (Lantz, NS)
Eastern Hardwood Conference
Thursday, Mar. 2nd , 2017
Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre (Port Hawkesbury, NS)
You are encouraged to pre-register for the conference you would like to attend by clicking on the conference above or visiting nswoods.ca/2017-spring-woodland-conferences.html. Pre-registrations will be accepted up to one week before each conference. Lunch is included in your conference fee, and we will do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions for people who pre-register a minimum of one week before the conference.
Western and Central Conference Fees:
$25 At the door
Eastern Conference/Hardwood Management Conference Fee:
There will be a grand prize awarded at each of the conferences, which any participant is eligible to win. For more information, call our toll-free number, 1-855-NS-WOODS (1-855-679-6637).
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 email@example.com