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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.

Open Forest Day- Saturday, June 25th, 2016

You're invited to join wilderness lovers of all ages at Open Forest Day! The event will take place Saturday, June 25th at 10:00am-3:00pm at Shubie Park in Dartmouth, NS.

Walk the woodland trails and open your eyes to Nova Scotia’s natural resources, all while enjoying family fun! Learn how our natural resources are cared for and how you could benefit from having your own woodlot.

Along the trail, you’ll find interactive displays about wildlife, biodiversity, and the role our natural resources play in our economy, the environment, and our health.

At Open Forest Day you'll find:

- Informative Booths
- Passport to Nature
- Canoeing
- Drumming
- Hiking
- Face Painting
- And more!

The Department of Natural Resources partnered with over 40 organizations to inform Nova Scotians on developing and maintaining woodlands, and the importance of natural resources in the province.

Check out this event on Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/1569578396676429/.

Click here to view the event poster.

Backwoods, Burgers & Beer- Saturday, June 25th, 2016

Come learn about Nova Scotia’s natural heritage, our forests! Enjoy tasty burgers and salads and enjoy a local brew with friends. This event will take place at Sugar Moon Farm (Earltown, NS) from 5:00pm to 9:00pm.

Matt Miller, forester and Forestry Coordinator at the Ecology Action Centre, will explore the uniqueness of Nova Scotia’s Acadian forest ecosystem, discuss some of the threats facing our forests and the people and wildlife that rely on them, and highlight some of the exciting, innovative forest sustainability initiatives happening across the province.

Matt will be joined by Billy McDonald, long-time nature educator and founder of Redtail Nature Awareness and Tom Miller (Matt’s father), president of the Friends of Redtail Society, 40-year veteran of the Nova Scotia forest sector and early advocate for ecologically-based forestry.

Billy and Tom will share stories of their time in the backwoods of Nova Scotia and the story of the Friends of Redtail Society’s efforts to reclaim, re-vision and restore our relationship with the forest.

By the end of the evening you will have a new appreciation for our forests, a stronger connection to nature and a greater understanding of how you can play a positive role in shaping the forest around you.

$30 all incl for Adults. $15 all incl for children 12 + under.

Funds raised will support the Friends of Redtail Society - friendsofredtail.ca/

Visit their Facebook page for more information and to purchase tickets: https://www.facebook.com/events/287143934966825/.

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/

Medway Community Forest Co-op Field Tour- Saturday, June 18th, 2016

Join the Medway Community Forest Coop on Saturday, June 18th, 1:30-4:00pm, to participate in the ongoing management of the MCFC land base and learn how they are trying to build an ecologically-based forest management model for Nova Scotia's first community forest.

If you're a woodlot owner, check out how partial harvests can be completed by large machinery. Multiple MCFC board members will be in attendance to share their experiences and take feedback on their recent cuts. Remember that the MCFC is YOUR forest, and they want to hear from YOU! Come and tell them what you would like to see in their future operations.

The event will be held in the community forest, but participants will meet at the Maitland Bridge Community Hall at 1:30pm. From there, participants will follow MCFC board members to harvest sites adjacent to Highway 8 in Annapolis County. The event will run approximately 2.5 hours, leaving plenty of time for discussion. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged by phone (902-701-0505) or email (info@medwaycommunityforest.com).

Click here for a poster of the 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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