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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.


The Woods Around Us, Backyard Forestry Workshop- June 24th-26th

Join Jamie Simpson June 24th-26th at the Harrison-Lewis Centre, South Shore, NS for a hands-on exploration of our forests. Which trees grow where, and why? How do forests change over time? What can we do to increase wildlife habitat in our backyards? What is old-growth forest? Which trees are good to cut for firewood?

You will spend a bit of time in the classroom discussing basic forest ecology and woodlot management, and spend a lot of time in the woods getting close and personal with some of Nova Scotia’s finest biodiversity. Come away from the weekend knowing how to identify our trees and common forest plants, a better understanding of how our forests tick, and how to think about working with your own forest.

Jamie is a professional forester with a background in forest ecology. He’s the author of two books on our eastern forests, “Restoring the Acadian Forest: A guide to forest stewardship for woodland owners in Eastern Canada,” and “Journeys Through Eastern Old-Growth Forests,” both with Nimbus Publishing. He also has a degree in law, but asks that this not be held against him. Enrollment limited to 14 participants.

Details: http://www.harrisonlewiscentre.org/


Boundary Line Maintenance Workshop- Sunday, May 15th, 2016

The Otter Ponds Demonstration Forest will be holding a Boundary Line Maintenance Workshop on Sunday, May 15th from 9:00am to 3:00pm in Mooseland, NS for small private woodlot owners and contractors. The workshop will include a classroom session in the morning at the Mooseland Community Centre (4032 Mooseland Rd), followed by an afternoon in the woods with demonstrations and hands-on experience.

This workshop will be led by a certified Nova Scotia Land Surveyor and there will be a fee of $25 for the day.

Refreshments will be provided for the morning session, but participants are asked to bring their own bag lunch. Please bring weather appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear for the afternoon session, and a compass if you have one. An orange safety vest or jacket is also recommended.

Space is very limited and participants are required to pre-register. Please email Christie at earthscapeff@gmail.com if you would like to attend.

Click here for the workshop poster.


2016 Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners & Operators Association AGM- Saturday, May 14th

The 2016 Annual General Meeting of the Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners and Operators Association will be held May 14th at the Ross Farm Museum in New Ross, NS. The AGM features a business meeting and presentations in the morning, and admission to the Ross Farm Museum in the afternoon. Lunch and site admission will be covered in the AGM fee of $15 each for members and spouses, and $25 for non-members. All are welcome. Please let us know if you plan to attend by Thursday, May 5, so we can plan for meals.

Check back for more details or contact Andy at andy.nswooa@gmail.ca or 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 andy.nswooa@gmail.com

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