For many woodland owners, working with foresters, contractors and other professionals is the most daunting aspect of woodlot management. Finding the right service provider requires some knowledge and a bit of work.
On Saturday, June 10, Warren MacMullin of Sydney Forks will be mentor and host for a half-day workshop on finding and working with forest professionals. The field day is part of the Woodland Owner Mentorship Program, which is a partnership of three non-profit organizations that work with landowners: Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners and Operators Association (NSWOOA), Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute, and Federation of Nova Scotia Woodland Owners.
For the June 10 event, NSWOOA is teaming up with the Cape Breton Privateland Partnership (CBPP), a unique collaboration that provides services to forest landowners on Cape Breton. The field day will address such questions as:
How do you find the right forester or harvester?
How do you buy professional services or sell wood?
Are contracts with service providers needed? If so, what should they say?
Are there government programs that finance activities on small woodlots?
Warren MacMullin and CBPP are uniquely well suited to answer those questions. In 1987, Warren bought about 242 acres of woodland in Sydney Forks, which is about 17 km southwest of Sydney. He has been actively managing the land since then, working steadily to harvest a variety of forest projects using both clearcut and uneven-aged approaches to management, and performing several silvicultural treatments.
Cape Breton Privateland Partnership provides guidance and support to woodlot owners on Cape Breton. Developed in 2014, it is a partnership of the Nova Scotia Landowners and Forest Fibre Producers Association, North Inverness Forest Management and Baddeck Valley Wood Producers.
The cost for the event is $25 per person. Lunch will be provided. Reservations are required by June 6. You can register below or call NSWOOA toll-free at 1-855-NS-WOODS (1-855-679-6637). Please leave your name, address, phone number and email address.
After registering, you’ll receive more information about the field day including an agenda and a variety of resources on working with forest service providers. If you have questions, call Andy Kekacs of NSWOOA at 1-855-679-6637 or Warren MacMullin at 902-828-2656.
Participants should wear clothing appropriate for a morning in the forest in mid-June. We’ll meet at 8:30 a.m. at Warren’s house, 950 Meadows Road, Sydney Forks. For a map to the lot, click here.
The Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources provides funding for the mentorship program, which enables small woodland 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.
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