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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.


Nature Day at Otter Ponds Demonstration Forest - June 27

Calling all Naturalists and Nature Lovers!

Please join us for a day in the woods at the Otter Ponds Demonstration Forest. A biota survey will take place on Saturday, June 27 -- and we'd like your help! The site is located roughly an hour and a half from Halifax, near the community of Mooseland, in the interior of the Eastern Shore (click to see map).

Our goal is to increase our knowledge about the property’s flora and fauna. Naturalists with various interests are invited to participate and share their knowledge. The survey will be a public event, inviting folks to come and enjoy a day of learning. We intend to focus on four areas of interest: hardwood drumlins, softwood lowlands, wetlands, and a core area of old forest that hasn't been harvested since the late 1800's.

Start times:

The survey will take place throughout the day, with some options to start in the morning. Folks are asked to gather at the Mooseland Firehall. It's in the centre of the village, on the right if you are coming northwest from Tangier, on the left if coming southeast from Musquodoboit Valley. A convoy will leave for the forest from the hall at 6:00 am (for birders and anyone else who is super-keen), 9:00 am and 10:00 am.

Someone will check you in once you are on-site and it is important to check out before you leave so we know no one is lost on the property.

Experts, please let us know your specialty when you RSVP, and whether or not you would be comfortable leading a group. We are also looking for volunteers to record observations - a great way to learn!

Accommodations:

There are several options for those who wish to stay overnight and get an early start! Click here for a list.

What to bring:

Field guides, binoculars, sturdy waterproof footwear, snacks, water, insect repellent, and a GPS if you have one.

Other:

Drinks and a BBQ lunch will be provided. Rain date: Sunday, June 28.

If you haven't registered yet, please do so that we know roughly how many people we need to feed!

The hall will be open in the morning, and has washroom facilities. If there is interest we may be able to open it in the afternoon for people who may want to bring microscopes for identification purposes (samples may need to be examined closely to provide proper identification).

For more information and to register, please contact Matt Miller (forests@ecologyaction.ca).

Please check this site for updates prior to the event!

About Otter Ponds:

Otter Ponds is a demonstration forest that is operated as a division of the Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners and Operators Association. It is a 500-hectare forest managed by a unique partnership that includes four non-governmental organizations, a forestry company and the province. OPDF is a place for all Nova Scotians to learn about forest ecology and the sustainable management of the native Acadian Forest. It is a living laboratory that shows how timber production can be compatible with the protection of the full range of other forest values and services.

Otter Ponds demonstrates the philosophy, science, and practice of uneven-aged management. 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.


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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