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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.

Best Management Practices Course- Friday, Oct. 16th

The Federation of Nova Scotia Woodland Owners is organizing a Forestry Safety Society "Best Management Practices" course in Stewiacke and Carroll’s Corner from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, 16 Oct.

This is an excellent opportunity for landowners and contractors to receive up-to-date information about forest management rules, regulations, guidelines and tips. Training includes topics such as protecting wildlife habitat and watercourses during harvesting and road building, designing harvests to meet landowner objectives, choosing silviculture systems to encourage natural regeneration, safe handling and storage of fuels etc.

Provincial "Best Management Practices" are developed by a volunteer group of contractors, industry, landowners and environmental representatives, and coordinated by the Nova Forest Alliance. This certificated training will delivered by Tom Berry of the Federation of Nova Scotia Woodland Owners.

The cost will be $20 for the day and includes lunch (there is no charge if you are a member of the FNSWO/MTRI FSC certification group). There will be a Stewiacke classroom session in the morning and a field session in nearby Carroll’s Corner after lunch.

If you are interested in registering, give John MacDougall a call at the FNSWO office at 902-639-2041 or email john@fnswo.ca.

Click here for a poster of the event.

Group explores woodlot service area in western Nova Scotia

The Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources is promoting the development of new regional service areas to improve small woodlot owners' access to forest management services.

The Cape Breton Privateland Partnership, a three-year pilot funded by NSDNR and other governmental entities tocoordinate the activities of landowner groups and service providers on Cape Breton, was the first to get started.

Recently, several partners have been meeting to develop a business plan for a possible service area in western Nova Scotia. You are invited to learn more about the effort at aseries of meetings throughout the seven western counties.

The first will be held Thursday, Oct. 8, in Carleton. For the full schedule, click here.

Boundary Line Maintenance Workshop to be held October 17

The Otter Ponds Demonstration Forest will be holding a Boundary Line Maintenance Workshop on Saturday, October 17th in Mooseland, NS. The workshop will run from 9:00am to about 3:00pm, with a morning session at the Mooseland Community Centre and the afternoon spent on site at the OPDF. Participants will have the chance to:

   - Learn from our surveyor about boundary line maintenance and why it is important for private woodlot owners.

   - Look at what proper boundary line blazing and cutting looks like.

   - Learn about boundary line evidence and what to look for.

Coffee, tea and snacks will be provided for the morning session, but participants will need to bring their own bagged lunch. There will be a fee of $25 to attend this workshop.

As space is very limited, pre-registration is required. You can register by contacting Christie Verstraten at earthscapeff@gmail.com. Directions and suggestions for materials to bring will be sent out to registered participants.

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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