Woodlot owner of the year to host property field day

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HALIFAX Woodlot owners of the year will open their properties to the public this month, and Brian Brown and his Windham Hill lot will be a part of the showcase.

Brown, who was named woodlot owner of the year for the central region of Nova Scotia this year, will welcome people for an interpretive walk in the woods on Saturday, Sept. 22.

Im looking forward to it, said Brown. A lot of work went into it through the years. When I first bought it, it was a garbage woodlot.

Now the 450-acre lot is far from garbage. Featuring a large Christmas tree plantation tagged and ready, a bountiful sugar woods and several treated areas, the diverse forest stretches from lowlands to mountaintops with active brooks and beautiful views.

Numerous tree species will be seen on the tour, including part of the old Acadia forest featuring hemlock, yellow birch, rock maple and red spruce. One yellow birch tree is estimated at about 300 years of age, and is so large that two people cannot fit their arms around its trunk.

A lot of these things you dont see anywhere too much, said Brown.

Visitors will also be able to compare areas treated with various forest management techniques, and areas where right species have been matched with the soil.

It will give someone an idea of what they can do with a woodlot if they take care of it ahead of time, he said.

To reach the Brown woodlot take Highway 104 west from Truro to Exit 6 (about 73 kilometres). Turn left onto Route 301 (River Philip Road). Travel 11 kilometres, turn right on Windham Hill Road. Travel seven kilometres. Turn left onto woodlot road and proceed to Brian Brown's woodlot gate.

The Woodlot Owner of the Year Award was developed by the Department of

Natural Resources in 1990 to recognize and reward landowners for outstanding

stewardship of their woodlots. To be eligible for the awards, individuals

must own between 20 and 800 hectares (50 to 2,000 acres) of property and

practice sustainable woodlot management.

The field day will operate from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

awagstaff@amherstdaily.com

Geographic location: Windham Hill Road, Nova Scotia, Acadia forest

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