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.
Forest Roads, Bridges and Trails Workshop- Saturday, May 13th, 2017
Building and maintaining forest roads, water crossings and trails are some of the most important -- and challenging -- activities for Nova Scotia woodland owners. If the work is well planned and executed, the investment can improve the economic and recreational value of a woodlot for decades.
On Saturday, May 13, Otter Ponds Demonstration Forest and Kate Campbell, a woodlot owner in East Jeddore, will host a half-day workshop on forest roads, water crossings and trails. Otter Ponds is a particularly good place to hold the event. Over the past five years, the demonstration forest has built an extensive road system, a timber crib bridge, and an innovative crossing for a seasonal wetland. Otter Ponds is also working right now to extend a hiking trail system throughout the 1,500-acre Crown parcel, which it operates under a lease from the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources.
You can see all of these improvements at the field day, which is part of the Woodland Owner Mentorship Program. The mentorship program is a partnership of the Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners and Operators Association, Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute, and Federation of Nova Scotia Woodland Owners.
If there is enough interest, the half-day program at Otter Ponds will be offered twice. The morning session will start at 8:30 a.m., while an identical program may be offered in the afternoon beginning at 1 p.m. All participants are invited to lunch at the Otter Ponds visitor shelter from 12 noon to 1 p.m.
A tentative schedule for the field day can be viewed here. The cost for the event is $25 per person. Lunch will be provided. Space is limited, so register soon at www.nswoods.ca or call NSWOOA toll-free at 1-855-NS-WOODS if you are interested.
After registering, you will receive a packet with more information. Participants should wear clothing appropriate for a long walk in the forest in mid-May. OPDF is located about 1.5 hours from Halifax or Truro. Here's a map.
The Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources provides funding for the mentorship program, which enables small woodlot owners to see real-world examples of topics covered in DNR's Woodlot Management Home Study Program. Learn more about the Home Study program here.
It's recommended that participants look at the appropriate modules in the DNR's Home Study program, which are available for free download. The topics covered will include Module 11: Roads & Trails, and parts of Module 9: Woodlot Recreation, which can be downloaded here.
For more information, contact Andy Kekacs, executive director of the Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners and Operators Association, at 1-855-679-6637 or email@example.com.
NSWOOA 2017 Annual General Meeting- May 6th, 2017
Our 2017 Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday, May 6th, at the Debert Hospitality Centre, 130 Ventura Drive, Debert, NS.
As always, we have a fascinating and timely program planned. Debert is the site of the oldest known human settlement in what is now Canada, and Mike Sanders will discuss the archeological record of past forest use in Nova Scotia. In addition, Christie Verstraten will talk about recent initiatives to regulate carbon emissions, and what woodlot owners need to know about the development of provincial or regional carbon markets.
And that’s not all! Kari Easthouse of the Cape Breton Privateland Partnership will offer thoughts on the benefits, costs and challenges of the emerging system of regional service areas for forest landowners. Tim Whynot of the Department of Natural Resources will talk about the vision and future for its outreach programs for woodlot owners, while Will Martin will offer a wrap-up of The Forestry Lab, an NSWOOA-led effort to identify and address key challenges in the forest sector.
The cost is $15 for NSWOOA members and $25 for non-members, payable by cash or cheque at the door. A hearty lunch is included. To help us plan for meals, please register online at nswoods.ca or call us toll-free at 1-855-NS-WOODS (1-855-679-6637).
Western Mentorship Program Field Days- Apr. 29th and May 6th
The Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute will hold two field days in Western NS this spring aimed at creating opportunities for family forest owners to learn from each other, and to give those with many years of experience a chance to share their knowledge. The field days are part of the Woodland Owner Mentorship Program, hosted by several seasoned woodlot owners from around the province and organized by the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute, Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners and Operators Association, and Federation of Nova Scotia Woodland Owners. Each field day aims to enhance information provided in the NSDNR’s Woodlot Management Home Study Program (woodlot.novascotia.ca/content/woodlot-management-home-study-program).
On Saturday, April 29th, Kevin Veinotte will host a tour through his 420 acre family woodlot, situated in Northfield, Lunenburg County, which has been carefully managed by his family for over 160 years. Thoughtful stewardship of the land through previous generations has led to a primarily uneven aged Acadian Forest. As a result, multiple forest values have been maintained over time, including high quality timber, wildlife habitat, water quality, aesthetics, recreational opportunities, and spiritual values.
The second field day, to be held on Saturday, May 6th, will be held on Eldon and Lucille White’s 520 acre woodlot in Richfield, Digby County. Eldon’s passion for the woods, interest in the multiple benefits that his woodlot brings, along with many years of dedicated hard work, make him a woodlot management mentor worth paying careful attention to! Though much of the original work on their woodlot was done by hand, the use of large-scale equipment today demonstrates the productivity and quality of work that is possible with skilled employees and well-maintained machines.
The quality of woodlot management and contribution to society by both the Veinottes and the Whites has been recognized by the Department of Natural Resources, both receiving Provincial Woodlot Owner of the Year Awards in 2007 and 2011 respectively. Both woodlots demonstrate many silviculture techniques and different approaches to achieve the desired results.
The cost for each field days will be $20, lunch included. Registration is required! Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to register a place.
Geological and Mineral Resources and Woodland Management Workshops- Apr. 19th, 21st and 22nd
All are invited to attend the Geological and Mineral Resources and Woodland Management Workshops held by the NS Department of Natural Resources.
Beneath your feet; what a woodland owner should know about mineral and geological resources and woodland management workshops.
Cost $20, light meal included. Registration is required.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
NSCC Truro Campus, from 7:00-9:00 pm. To book a place or for more info, please contact Simon Mutabazi at email@example.com (902-424-5444) or Don Cameron at firstname.lastname@example.org (902-893-5629).
Friday, April 21, 2017
Antigonish, DNR office, 190 Beech Hill Road, from 7:00-9:00 pm. To book a place or for more info, please contact Simon Mutabazi at email@example.com (902-424-5444) or Jason Chard at Jason.firstname.lastname@example.org (902-295-0745).
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Coxheath, DNR office, 300 Mountain Road, Sydney (Coxheath), from 10:00 am-12.00 pm. To book a place or for more info, please contact Simon Mutabazi at email@example.com (902-424-5444) or Jason Chard at Jason.firstname.lastname@example.org (902-295-0745).
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