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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/

Otter Ponds Bird Count- Saturday, June 4th, 2016

The Otter Ponds Demonstration Forest will be hosting a bird count on Saturday, June 4th, 2016. The site is located roughly an hour and a half from Halifax, in the community of Mooseland, in the interior of the Eastern Shore.


Due to a low response rate and logistical issues, the public field day portion of the Otter Ponds Bird Day will be postponed and instead included in our fall Public Field Day on Saturday, September 17th, 2016.

There will still be an early morning bird count for interested birders on June 4th, 2016 beginning at 6:00am with options for later start times. Participants will meet at the Mooseland Community Centre (4032 Mooseland Rd.) and be taken to the Otter Ponds Demonstration Forest by their guide. This event should wrap-up around 10:00am.

Our goal for this public event is to collect data on the bird species present at OPDF. Please bring along field guides, binoculars, sturdy waterproof footwear, snacks, water, and insect repellent. We intend to focus on 4 areas of interest: hardwood drumlins, softwood lowlands, wetlands, and a core area of old forest that hasn't been harvested since the late 1800s.

If you are interested in taking part in the early morning bird count, please email Christie at earthscapeff@gmail.com to register and for more information about the bird count and nearby overnight accommodations.

Pre-registration is required for this event.

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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