NSWOOA has taken a firm stand in advocating for environmentally centered, socially responsible, and economically balanced forestry. We believe that forest practices should mimic natural processes in the native Acadian Forest. Management that favors the growth of high-quality trees of our longest-lived, most valuable species offers the best opportunity to enhance timber value while restoring forest conditions to a more natural and desirable state.
Research has shown that most of Nova Scotia’s 30,000 forest landowners are interested in sustainably managing their woodlands, but they want to explore alternatives to clear-cut harvesting.
Our board members and officers are long-time advocates for responsible forest practices and Acadian Forest restoration. The board is composed of new and multi-generation woodlot owners, forestry contractors, farmers, professional foresters and others who have a keen interest in the long-term restoration and management of the native Acadian Forest. Board members believe that truly sustainable forestry is rooted in the protection and enhancement of all the values provided by our woodlands – economic, ecological and social.
President Lorne Burrows (Old Barns)
Vice President Ken Zwicker (Bridgewater)
Treasurer Norm Paupin (Londonderry)
Secretary Will Martin (Lunenburg)
Ryan Dickie (Enfield)
Jim Drescher (New Germany)
Dr. Melanie Hobbs (Coldbrook)
Dan Hutt (Dartmouth)
Amanda Lavers (Caledonia)
Matt Miller (Halifax)
Britt Roscoe (Grand Mira North)
Andy Kekacs, Executive Director (West Jeddore)
Christie Verstraten, Program Coordinator (Halifax)
NSWOOA members are people throughout Nova Scotia who have an interest in sustainable forest management and who are willing to share their knowledge and experience with others. We share common values about responsible land management based on sustainable forest practices. Very likely, our members are people like you! To learn more about joining NSWOOA, visit our membership page.
For more information about our organization and its work, call Andy Kekacs at 1-855-NS-WOODS, write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NSWOOA.