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.
Woodlot Management Mentorship Field Day- October 22nd, 2016
Part of the Woodland Owner Mentorship Program, this workshop will draw on Eldon and Lucille White's many years of experience and is aimed at those woodlot owners looking for inspiration, sound advice and top tips for long-term sustainable woodlot management. Topics covered during the day will link closely in with DNR's Woodlot Management Home Study Program modules on "Principles of Forest Stewardship" and "Management Planning", but Eldon and Lucille's woodlot is so diverse that we will almost certainly touch on many other areas of interest.
This workshop will take place on October 22nd, 2016 on the woodlot of Eldon and Lucille White in Richfield, Digby County, NS.
Cost is $20 and will include lunch and snacks.
Space is limited and registration is essential so please book early to avoid disappointment! Call Jane at 902-682-2371 or email: email@example.com.
Click here to see a poster for the event.
From Field & Forest: Building Business from Non-Timber Forest Products- Oct. 20th-21st, 2016
From Field & Forest is a 2-day conference in Moncton, NB that gives natural resource managers and rural entrepreneurs the connections and insights to build sustainable businesses from non-timber forest products. You will make connections and learn how to get your products into the hands of regional and international customers.
- What Constitutes a Successful NTFP Business? Case Studies for Wild Onion, Rhodiola, Fruits and More
- Growing and Harvesting Fiddleheads
- Personal Health Care Products: Playing in a Billion Dollar Industry
- Wholesale Marketing from a Broker’s Perspective
- Producing Value-Added NTFPs for Local and Export Markets: Learnings from Christmas Trees
- Is My Product Safe and How Can I Prove It?
- First Nations Perspectives on NTFP Use
Registration fees for this conference:
Early Bird Pass (until Aug 15): $119 + taxes & fees
General Pass: $149 + taxes & fees
*fees include presentations, snacks, 2 lunches, and 1 dinner
To register, contact Fred Nott (506-451-6987, firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit FromFieldandForest.com.
Click here for a poster of the event.
Old Forest Conservation Science Conference- October 19th-21st, 2016
Come join the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute on October 19th-21st, 2016 for their Old Forest Conservation Science Conference at the Debert Hospitality Centre, Nova Scotia.
Email email@example.com before Sept 28th to get the early-bird discount. More information is at www.merseytobeatic.ca.
The detailed schedule for the conference will soon be available (abstracts will be accepted until Sept. 28th) but in the meantime, here is the rough outline:
Wednesday night - registration, opening ceremony, keynote speaker
Thursday - field trips, banquet, poster session, social
Friday - plenary session, concurrent sessions, closing ceremony
The fees (which cover meals but not lodging) are as follows: $100 for early-bird registration, $80 for students, and $125 for registration after September 28th. If you cannot attend the entire conference please let us know and there may be a possibility to pay a partial registration fee or to apply for a bursary.
Keynote and invited speakers will be announced soon. If you are registered you will get this information by email otherwise stay tuned to MTRI's website (www.merseytobeatic.ca) and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/merseytobeatic).
Click here to view the conference poster.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org