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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.

Boundary Line Maintenance Workshop- Oct. 28th, 2017

The Otter Ponds Demonstration Forest will host its next Boundary Line Maintenance Workshop on Saturday, October 28th, 2017 in Mooseland, NS from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Snacks and coffee/tea will be provided in the morning, but you will need to bring your own bagged lunch. We will start with a classroom session at the Mooseland Community Centre for the first couple of hours and will spend the rest of the day on site at the Otter Ponds Demonstration Forest. This workshop will be led by Britt Roscoe, certified NS Land Surveyor.

The fee for this event is $25, which can be paid by cash or cheque that morning.

This workshop will be small to give participants lots of opportunities to ask questions and seek advice from our surveyor, so pre-registration is required and spaces are limited. To register, please email Christie at earthscapeff@gmail.com or call the Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners and Operators Association's toll free line at 1-855-NS-WOODS (1-855-679-6637).

Click here to view a poster for this event.

Managing Northern Hardwoods for Value Workshop- Oct. 12th, 2017

Join the Northern Hardwood Research Institute, Groupe Savoie and NS DNR at the Otter Ponds Demonstration Forest on Thursday, October 12th, 2017 for a one day workshop showcasing the latest tools and expertise related to managing for valuable northern hardwood species in the Acadian forest. Registration will be 9:00-9:30 at the Mooseland Community Centre (4032 Mooseland Road), and people will be shuttled down to the site for a start time of 10:00. The workshop will end around 4:00. 

Presenters will be stationed throughout the rich drumlins of Otter Ponds, demonstrating tools and approaches to managing for value in this diverse forest type, including: NHRI's Silviculture Prescription System; log value optimization by Groupe Savoie; how to naturally regenerate northern hardwood species; and how to apply NS DNR's Forest Ecosystem Classification and Pre-Treatment Assessment to private lands.

The cost of this workshop is:

- Early Bird Registration (up to Oct. 1st): $45 for regular participants and $30 for members of the Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners and Operators Association and students.

- Registration after Oct. 1st: $50 for regular participants or $35 for members of the Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners and Operators Association and students.

​Lunch will be included.

Pre-registration is required. To register, fill out the online form at www.otterponds.ca/hardwoodworkshop.html, or email Christie at earthscapeff@gmail.com.

Click here to view a poster for this event.

4th Women in Forestry Workshop- Sept. 29th, 2017

The Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute invites you to the 4th Women in Forestry Workshop on Friday, September 29th, near Chester Grant, NS. This is part of a series of hands-on, one-day workshops for women with an interest in woodland knowledge. 

This workshop will cover the following topics:

- Woods safety

- Pre-treatment assessments

- Silviculture work

- Acadian forest ecology

- Acadian forest restoration

- Forest Ecosystem Classification

Wear footwear appropriate for hiking in the woods and loose-fitting clothing, and be prepared to spend the day outside in the forest!  

The cost of this workshop is $20, and participants are asked to bring their own bagged lunch. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. To register, please call Jane at 902-682-2371 or email jane.barker@merseytobeatic.ca

Lichen Identification Workshop- Sept. 23rd, 2017

The Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute will hold a Lichen Identification Workshop at the Otter Ponds Demonstration Forest in Mooseland, NS on Saturday, Sept. 23rd, 9:00-4:00pm. This workshop will be led by Frances Anderson, author of Common Lichens of Northeastern North America: A Field Guide.

The day will start with a classroom session, followed by an afternoon in the field learning how to find and identify lichen species. All skill levels are welcome. Participants should bring a notebook, and clothes and footwear suitable for walking in the woods. Bug spray and lots of water are also recommended.

The cost of this workshop is $25 (lunch included), or $50 if you would like a copy of the field guide.

Pre-registration is required for this event. To register, contact Lori at lori.phinney@merseytobeatic.ca or 902-682-2371.

Wetlands and Woodlots Workshop- Sept. 16th, 2017

The Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute invites you to their Wetlands and Woodlots Workshop on Saturday, Sept. 16th, 2017, 10:00am-3:00pm at MTRI in Kempt, NS (9 Mount Merritt Road).

What is a wetland? Why are they so important? How can woodlot owners recognize where wetlands are, and what should they do to avoid damaging them? Join them for this one-day FREE workshop with John Brazner, (Ecosystem and Habitat Specialist, NSDNR - Wildlife Division) and Krista Hilchey (Wetlands Specialist, NSDNR) to find out everything woodlot owners always wanted to know about wetlands but never dared ask!

Topics Include:

- Types of wetlands and their biology

- Road & trail building

- Wetland regulations

- Best Management Practices

​- Importance for wildlife

​Registration is required! For more details and to save a place, please call Jane at 902-682-2371 or email jane.barker@merseytobeatic.ca.

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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