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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.

Chainsaw Use & Safety Course- July 29th, 2017

The Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources will hold a one day Chainsaw Use and Safety Course on July 29th, 9:00am-4:00pm, at the Whycocomagh DNR Office.

The course will be based on the material found in the Woodlot Management Home Study Module 6 (copies will be available at the course), and The Forest Professional. A certified instructor will guide you through the theory and follow up with a field demonstration.

Topics to be covered include: Personal protective equipment, safety features, recommended starting methods, kickback and its dangers, saw handling techniques, tree assessment and pre-limbing, basic notch and back cut, controlled directional felling, proper use of felling aids, the basics of bucking and limbing, chainsaw sharpening, and basic saw maintenance.

The cost for this course is $46.25 and lunch is included.

Space is limited to the first 20 people, so pre-register by email (preferred) simon.mutabazi@novascotia.ca or by calling Simon Mutabazi at 902-424-5444; toll free 1-866-226-7577 or Jason Chard at Jason.chard@novascotia.ca (phone 902-295-3929).

Backyard Forestry Workshop- July 28th-30th, 2017

The Harrison Lewis Coastal Discovery Centre will host a Backyard Forestry Workshop July 28th-30th, 2017.

Participants in this year’s Backyard Forestry workshop will learn from Donna Crossland, Dale Prest & Jamie Simpson about basic forest ecology and how to work with a piece of land to encourage ecological and economical value. Topics covered will include: Identifying tree and shrub species, and their ecological roles in the forest; choosing which trees to cut and which trees to leave; how to promote wildlife habitat; what landowners can do to increase forest carbon storage; how our forests have changed, and what we can do to promote natural forests; what we can learn from natural disturbances in the forest; where to obtain funding for silviculture activities; legal issues such as wood theft and capital gains tax, and, the virtues of a “messy” woodlot.

Full price is $325, with a $100 deposit required to register. Registration is accepted up to two weeks before the workshop date. This course has a maximum of 15 participants.

Register online at: www.harrisonlewiscentre.org/2017workshops/backyard-forestry-with-donna-crossland-dale-prest-and-jamie-simpson.

Participants can also send any payments by cheque to 339 Sandy Bay Rd, East Port L'Hebert, NS B0T 1S0, or contact Dirk at 902-646-1554 for other inquiries about payment.

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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