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 is shown below. The cost for the event is $25 per person. Lunch will be provided. Space is limited, so register soon below 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Forest Roads, Bridges and Trails Workshop Tentative Schedule