new mentorship Program for Woodland Owners
The Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners and Operators Association, the Federation of Nova Scotia Woodland Owners, and the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute are partners in an effort to help landowners learn more about managing their woodlots.
The Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources is providing funding for the new “Woodland Owner Mentorship Program,” which will create opportunities for forest landowners to learn from each other, provide places for experienced woodlot owners to share their knowledge, and reinforce the information provided in the DNR’s existing Woodlot Management Home Study Program through a series of field days throughout the province.
NSWOOA and its partners have recruited a small group of successful and knowledgeable woodland owners to serve as mentors. Woodlots owned by the mentors are the sites for half-day presentations that offer living examples of the information contained in the associated DNR Home Study module.
The mentorship program welcomes landowners who want to attend the field days. The program is meant for owners of small woodlands who have an interest in increasing their skills and knowledge while moving toward active management of their land. Ideally, participants will complete one or more modules in the Home Study Program, then travel with other landowners to a mentor’s woodlot to see and talk about real-world examples of the information that was covered.
If you’d like more information about the program, please contact Andy Kekacs, NSWOOA's executive director, at email@example.com or toll-free at 1-855-NS-WOODS. Information about the DNR's Home Study Program can be found at woodlot.novascotia.ca.