LORNEVILLE â€“ The Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners and Operators Association will host a free woodlot tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, at P & F Verstraten Farms, 5736 Highway 336 in Lorneville.
The woodlot tour is part of the annual tractor and engine show sponsored by the North Shore Antique Tractor and Engine Club. Tractors, engines, and antique farm machinery will be on display. There will also be wagon rides, a 4-H woodsmen competition, a horseshoeing demonstration and antique tool displays, live music, and much more. Admission is free for all events.
Civic groups will provide dinner and pie at a canteen on the grounds.
The Verstraten family has been involved in multi-age, multi-species forest management for many years. Their most recent project is the restoration of the farm woodlot. A trail system has been developed, and much time and effort spent in partial harvests, understory planting and thinning.
The tour will include demonstrations of small-scale and fully mechanized harvesting operations, sustainable firewood production, and silvicultural techniques designed to restore the native Acadian Forest.
Transportation from the tractor show to the woodlot tour will be farm tractor and wagon, making the event easily accessible for all, including families. Youâ€™ll also be able to have your woodlot questions answered by a NSWOOA forester, start or renew your membership in the organization, or sign up for an inexpensive woodlot site visit.
Founded in 1969, NSWOOA is the oldest independent organization of small forest landowners in the province. A non-profit society, its mission is to support woodlot owners in sustainable forestry through education, demonstration, marketing, and co-operation.
Truly sustainable forestry requires that all the values of our woodlands â€“ ecological, social, cultural, and economic â€“ be preserved for future generations. NSWOOA believes that forest practices should mimic natural processes in the native Acadian Forest.
The association believes that compromising ecological integrity for short-term considerations will inevitably have a negative impact on forest use by future generations. Activities that favor the growth of high-quality trees of the longest-lived, most valuable native species offer the best opportunity to realize timber value while restoring forest conditions to a more natural (and desirable) state.
To learn more about the association, call 902-817-4763 or write to NSWOOA@gmail.com.