Family forest owners are invited to learn more about ecological forestry in Nova Scotia at two field days next month: Sunday, Nov. 3, in the Oxford area and Saturday, Nov. 9, in the eastern HRM community of Mooseland (rain date Sunday, Nov. 10).
In a wide-ranging review of forest practices in Nova Scotia, President William Lahey of King’s College in Halifax called for sweeping changes in the way that woodlands are managed in this province. He said future forest management decisions should be based on ecological considerations, not economic ones.
The review was conducted at the request of Premier Stephen McNeil, and the government has vowed to implement Lahey’s recommendations. But what does that really mean for small forest landowners? Why might they be interested in this approach to woodland management? And how would they adopt ecological forestry practices on their own lands.
We’ll explore those questions and many more at the two field days, which will start at 9 a.m. and wrap up around 2:30 p.m. Among the topics that will be discussed:
What did the Lahey review recommend?
What is ecological forestry?
How is it different than the most common approach to woodland management in Nova Scotia?
What do the recommendations mean for family forest owners? How does it change what they do?
What services and funding are available to help implement ecological forestry?
a. Resources and activities b. Funding c. Referrals to professional services
Sunday, Nov. 3
This first event is hosted by Athol Forestry Cooperative of Amherst, North Nova Forest Owners Co-op of Wentworth, and the Family Forest Centre, a project effort of eight Nova Scotia organizations that serve forest landowners and users. Participants will visit three sites in the Oxford area to talk about ways that woodlands can be managed with more attention to the natural processes under which the native Acadian Forest evolved.
One site has not been harvested, while the other two have received one or more forest management treatments in recent years. You’ll be able to see and talk about what woodlots look like under management that seeks to achieve ecological and economic objectives while maintaining or enhancing future forest productivity, health and vigor.
Saturday, Nov. 9
The second event will be held at Otter Ponds Demonstration Forest in Mooseland (rain date Sunday, Nov. 10). Hosted by the demonstration forest and the Family Forest Centre, the event will begin with a discussion of what old-growth Acadian Forest actually looks like, and how ecological forestry strives to mimic the natural processes under which such woodlands grow and decline.
Participants will then head out into the woods to learn more about the land-use history around the Otter Ponds, and hear about ways that the forest is using ecologically sensitive forest practices to protect and enhance ecological, economic, social and cultural values in the woodlands.
What to bring
Participants will be walking in the woods for both events, so good boots and warm and dry clothes are essential. Snacks and beverages will be provided at the start of each event, but participants should bring their own lunches and water. The cost is just $10 per person or $15 per family.
We will be sending out information packets about the events -- including directions to the sites -- on the Friday morning prior to each field day.
These events are part of the Woodland Owner Mentorship Program, which is funded by the Nova Scotia Department of Lands & Forestry.
If you have any questions, contact Andy Kekacs at 1-855-679-6637 (1-855-NS-WOODS) or email@example.com.
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