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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.

2016 Spring Woodland Conferences

Join us for the annual Spring Woodland Conference series where professionals and woodland owners talk about issues and resources to help you manage your land sustainably and based on your own values and goals. There are three conferences in total, one in each region.

Listen to presentations on a wide variety of topics, view exhibits and demos of businesses and organizations across the Nova Scotia forest sector, network with woodlot owners, forest professionals, service and outreach providers and others, and enjoy a delicious lunch.

You are encouraged to pre-register for the conference you would like to attend. You can do so by filling out our quick online registration form for the conference of your choice, or by calling our toll-free number: 1-855-NS-WOODS (1-855-679-6637). Click on the conference below to go to the online registration page for that event.

Registration is $25, or $15 for students. Lunch is included, and we will do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions for people who pre-register.

There will be a grand door prize at each of the conferences which any participant will be eligible to win. Those who pre-register will have their name entered in other draws to win additional prizes.

Click here to view a poster for the conferences.

Western Woodland Conference
March 5th, 2016
Forties Community Centre
1787 Forties Rd, Forties (New Ross), Lunenburg Co.

Central Woodland Conference
April 2nd, 2016
Oxford Regional Education Centre
249 Lower Main Street, Oxford, Cumberland Co.

Eastern Woodland Conference
April 16th, 2016
St Andrew’s Community Centre
81 Pomquet River Rd, St. Andrews, Antigonish Co.

Forestry Machine Operator Training Program

The Canadian Woodlands Forum, with help from other partners, is organizing a Forestry Machine Operator Training Program to be held in the Truro area this spring.

The program is designed to prepare students for entry level positions as mechanized forest equipment operators. The specialized nature of forest harvesting and equipment requires skilled operators with a focus on safe, environmentally sustainable and viable commercial operations. Following a comprehensive application and evaluation process, successful students will participate in three key phases over the course of the 20 week program.

Students will begin with 3 weeks of classroom training in general concepts of forestry and machine operation followed by 4 weeks of training on harvesting equipment and 13 weeks of on-the-job training on a harvesting contractor's work site. Tuition for this program is $2000.

The application deadline is February 26th, 2016 and there are a total of 12 seats available.

For specific questions about the program, or if you are interested in participating as a contractor, contact the Canadian Woodlands Forum at tcroft@cwfcof.org or by calling 902 897-6961.

Click on the following links for a program fact sheet and an application form, or visit www.cwfcof.org for more program details.

2016 Woodland Owner of the Year Award Call for Nominations

Every year, the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources organizes the Nova Scotia Woodland Owner of the Year Award (WOYA) which recognizes and rewards landowners for outstanding stewardship of their woodlots. This program was developed 27 years ago to encourage woodland owners to practice sustainable woodland management and to increase public awareness of the importance of private woodlands in Nova Scotia’s economy. One winner is chosen from each region (Western, Central and Eastern), and a provincial winner is selected each year from those three.

Woodland owners residing in Nova Scotia who own between 20 and 2000 hectares (50 and 5,000 acres) of woodland are eligible and evaluated against but not limited to the following factors:

- Effort and commitment to setting and meeting sustainable goals for their land,
- Improving their knowledge or understanding of the forest land or the forest in general,
- Improving the condition of access to and health of their woodland,
- Using integrated resource management while considering other values such as wildlife habitat protection and recreation.

Nominations may come from any source including DNR, NGOs, Registered buyers, Associations, and the general public.

The deadline for nominations is April 15th, 2016. Applications can be submitted online at https://novascotia.ca/natr/woodlot/woya/applications.asp or by printing a form (available here or on the WOYA website) and sending it to DNR Extension Forester Simon Mutabazi or the nearest DNR office.

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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