A Walk In The Woods

Don Cameron
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Upcoming conference on woodlands open to all


People interested in our forests and how they are managed may be interested in attending a conference Saturday, April 2 at the Wentworth Recreation Centre in Wentworth Valley.

The full-day session will include a large variety of experts speaking on a variety of topics that may be of interest to those that own woodland or are simply interested in nature.

Admission will include a hearty lunch, refreshments, and a chance of winning a new Husquavarna chainsaw. Those that pre-register will also be entered into a draw for a Garmin GPS unit.

The annual woodland conference is co-sponsored and organized by the Department of Natural Resources, regional development authourities, Nova Forest Alliance, and individual woodland owners. Each year the location of the event rotates among counties.

Highlighting the conference will be stories and experience from woodland owners such as Tony Phillips of the Glenholme area. Andrew West, a timber broker for H.C. Haynes, is a popular conference guest speaker who will discuss timber market trends and opportunities.

An update of the blueberry and sugar maple products sectors will be provided by Dale MacIsaac who is an associate of AgraPoint.

Mark Pulsifer, DNR Regional Wildlife Biologist, will provide a presentation on the endangered mainland moose as well as the current coyote situation.

A popular conference topic every year - financial estate planning and tax tips - will be provided by Susan MacIsaac of Darragh Chartered Accountants. Two different woodland owner organizations - Federation of Nova Scotia Woodland Owners Association, and the Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners and Operators Association, will provide their views and information related to private land management.

The topic - Green energy and your woodlot - will be discussed by David Stevenson of Colchester-Cumberland Wind Field. The company is involved with planning and constructing wind turbines on private woodlands.

People that are fortunate to own woodland property have great potential to help educate others about the many values and benefits provided by woodlands. Dave Taylor, educator with the DNR Natural Resources Education Centre, will provide a presentation on possible roles of landowners in educating the public.

Another perennially popular conference topic - landowner rights, responsibilities and liabilities, will be provided by Dave McNairn of Hicks Lemoine in Amherst. \Free legal information is a valuable commodity.

With many landowners interested in decreasing the amount of clear-cutting on their land, participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the practical application aspects of selection harvesting. Greg Watson of North Nova Forest Ltd., will discuss their operational experience of conducting selection harvesting treatments within local woodlands. Dave Sutherland, of the Association for Sustainable Forestry, will present a video on the subject of selection harvesting that has been produced recently to help landowners better understand and implement selection harvesting as a worthwhile silvicultural tool.

There will be different types of small scale equipment outside the Wentworth Recreation Centre for participants to look over. Inside will be several exhibitors available to show various items and services available to those interested in forests. At the end of the day, one lucky conference participant will leave with a new chainsaw in their hands.

For more information, or to pre-register, visit www.woodlotinfoshop.ca or call toll free 1-855-638-7277.


Organizations: Wentworth Recreation Centre, Department of Natural Resources, Nova Forest Alliance Nova Scotia Woodland Owners Association Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners and Operators Association DNR Natural Resources Education Centre North Nova Forest Association for Sustainable Forestry

Geographic location: Wentworth Valley, Glenholme, Amherst

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