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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. 


Bounadry Line Maintenance Workshop- June 3rd, 2017

The Otter Ponds Demonstration Forest, a division of the Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners and Operators Association, will host its third Boundary Line Maintenance Workshop on Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 in Mooseland, NS from 9:00 to 3:30. 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, 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 NSWOOA's toll free line at 1-855-NS-WOODS (1-855-679-6637).

The Otter Ponds Demonstration Forest, a division of the Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners and Operators Association, will host its third Boundary Line Maintenance Workshop on Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 in Mooseland, NS from 9:00 to 3:30. 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, 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 NSWOOA's toll free line at 1-855-NS-WOODS (1-855-679-6637).


Forest Roads, Bridges and Trails Workshop- Saturday, May 13th, 2017

Building and maintaining forest roads, water crossings and trails are some of the most important -- and challenging -- activities for Nova Scotia woodland owners. If the work is well planned and executed, the investment can improve the economic and recreational value of a woodlot for decades. 

On Saturday, May 13, Otter Ponds Demonstration Forest and Kate Campbell, a woodlot owner in East Jeddore, will host a half-day workshop on forest roads, water crossings and trails. Otter Ponds is a particularly good place to hold the event. Over the past five years, the demonstration forest has built an extensive road system, a timber crib bridge, and an innovative crossing for a seasonal wetland. Otter Ponds is also working right now to extend a hiking trail system throughout the 1,500-acre Crown parcel, which it operates under a lease from the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources. 

You can see all of these improvements at the field day, which is part of the Woodland Owner Mentorship Program. The mentorship program is a partnership of the Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners and Operators Association, Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute, and Federation of Nova Scotia Woodland Owners. 

If there is enough interest, the half-day program at Otter Ponds will be offered twice. The morning session will start at 8:30 a.m., while an identical program may be offered in the afternoon beginning at 1 p.m. All participants are invited to lunch at the Otter Ponds visitor shelter from 12 noon to 1 p.m. 

A tentative schedule for the field day can be viewed here. The cost for the event is $25 per person. Lunch will be provided. Space is limited, so register soon at www.nswoods.ca or call NSWOOA toll-free at 1-855-NS-WOODS if you are interested. 

After registering, you will receive a packet with more information. Participants should wear clothing appropriate for a long walk in the forest in mid-May. OPDF is located about 1.5 hours from Halifax or Truro. Here's a map

The Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources provides funding for the mentorship program, which enables small woodlot owners to see real-world examples of topics covered in DNR's Woodlot Management Home Study Program. Learn more about the Home Study program here

It's recommended that participants look at the appropriate modules in the DNR's Home Study program, which are available for free download. The topics covered will include Module 11: Roads & Trails, and parts of Module 9: Woodlot Recreation, which can be downloaded here

For more information, contact Andy Kekacs, executive director of the Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners and Operators Association, at 1-855-679-6637 or andy.nswooa@gmail.com


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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