Woodlot Owner: Province of Nova Scotia County: Halifax Phone: 1-855-NS-WOODS (NSWOOA's toll-free line) Email: email@example.com
Located in Mooseland, NS and operated as a division of NSWOOA, theOtter Ponds Demonstration Forest (OPDF) is a place for all Nova Scotians to learn about forest ecology and the sustainable management of our native Acadian Forest. OPDF is a living laboratory that shows how timber production can be compatible with the protection of the full range of other forest values and services. It provides opportunities for woodlot owners, elementary and high school groups, university students and researchers, non-profit organizations, and individuals to visit an outstanding example of working forestland.
Otter Ponds demonstrates 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. OPDF is managed by a unique partnership that includes four non-governmental organizations, a forestry company and the province. The partners jointly manage a 500-hectare (1,200-acre) Crown parcel near Mooseland, within the Halifax Regional Municipality.
School groups, woodlot owners, and individuals or organizations that are interested in sustainable forest management are invited to visit Otter Ponds.
For more information, contact Andy Kekacs, the project manager, at 1-855-NS-WOODS or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit our website at nswooa.ca/otter-ponds.
Management Goals and Objectives
Demonstrate ecologically, economically and socially sustainable Acadian Forest management
Education and awareness
Wetland and watercourse protection
Woodlot Management Plan
Forest Stewardship Council Certification
Forest Ecosystem Classification Report
Harvest Systems Used
Selection management (Category 7)
Equipment Used for Woodlot Management
Workshops and events
NSWOOA PO Box 823 Truro, NS B2N 5G6
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