Contacts Atlantic Forestry Review July 2019

Association for Sustainable Forestry
Truro, N.S.

The summer silviculture season is in full swing as private landowners and silviculture contractors rush to complete areas before the July 31 deadline for the current funding agreement. As it often has, the non-industrial large landowner sector has been instrumental in helping ASF meet its commercial thinning and selection harvesting targets this year, while pre-commercial thinning in both plantations and natural stands remains the most frequently requested treatment in small-private woodlots.

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Contacts Atlantic Forestry Review May 2019

Federation of Nova Scotia Woodland Owners
Truro, N.S.

The world of family forest owners has lost a dedicated advocate and steward. On March 10, 2019, Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 from Addis Ababa Bole International Airport in Ethiopia to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya, crashed before Peter deMarsh, of Taymouth, N.B., could arrive for the International Family Forestry Association’s (IFFA) 2019 Conference on Family Forestry and Climate Change.

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Contacts Atlantic Forestry Review March 2019

Association for Sustainable Forestry
Truro, N.S.

With a relatively open winter and frozen ground conditions, silviculture activity on private land has been high during the last few months. While pre-commercial thinning funds remain the most sought-after, we are pleased to see a gradual increase in commercial thinning as older plantations become eligible for this treatment.

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Contacts Atlantic Forestry Review January 2019

Breton Forest Innovation Cooperative
Middle River, N.S.

After a tremendously colourful autumn in the spectacularly dramatic foothills of the Cabot Trail, it has been on the blustery side here in Middle River, Victoria County, Unama’ki. Everyone seems to be looking forward to spring already, and we are almost back around to the time of year when days get longer – bring back the light!

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Contacts Atlantic Forestry Review November 2018

Association for Sustainable Forestry
Truro, N.S.

As the fall colours fade and mud turns to muck, it becomes increasingly important to properly time commercial thinning and selection harvesting, and to match machinery to site conditions. Many landowners are presently seeing the benefits of commercial thinning on plantations established during the 1980s, and on previously pre-commercially thinned sites

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Contacts Atlantic Forestry Review September 2018

The Association for Sustainable Forestry
Truro, N.S.

Forest landowners and silviculture contractors will be pleased to hear that fresh funding for silviculture work is now available through ASF. Continual stewardship of forest resources remains a strong priority for landowners, reflected in the increasing numbers of applications received by ASF for follow-up treatments. For example, many older plantations and PCTs can benefit from commercial thinning.

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Contacts Atlantic Forestry Review July 2018

North Nova Lumberjacks Society
Truro, N.S.

    By the time you read this, the 3rd Annual Nova Scotia Lumberjack Championships will be in the books! Champions crowned, axes sheathed, dust settled. We will have results of the event posted on our website, so be sure to check it out and follow us on Facebook for real-time updates of the event. You can also look forward to seeing the competition on national television this year, on a number of networks, including Game TV, Wild TV, Global, CTV, and others.

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Contacts Atlantic Forestry Review January 2018

Association for Sustainable Forestry
Truro, N.S.
    While ASF’s current sustainability agreement with NSDNR is nearly ended, another is on the horizon and it’s hoped that the new agreement will soon be in place. With snow season upon us, most of the Pre-Commercial Thinning (PCT) and Early Competition Control (manual weeding) claims are in for this year.

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Contacts Atlantic Forestry Review November 2017

The Association for Sustainable Forestry
Truro, N.S.
The glory of the autumn season is pretty much past us, and the November rains have nearly begun. Time to double-check the winter store of wood and add an extra layer for walking in the woods! It’s also a perfect time to be scoping out those stands that might qualify for selection harvesting or commercial thinning. Once the ground freezes (and let’s hope it does this year!), there are opportunities to carry out these silviculture treatments that involve the removal of wood.

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Contacts Atlantic Forestry Review September 2017

The Association for Sustainable Forestry
Truro, N.s.
    Sincere condolences are extended to the family, friends, and co-workers of Jonathan Kierstead, director of forestry with NSDNR. It was an honour and a pleasure to work with Jonathan, who brought both humour and unerring insight to many conversations, whether these exchanges centered on forestry or on wider discussions about life. He will be missed. A timely agreement between NSDNR and ASF has provided an autumn incentive for private landowners who are continuing with silviculture activities on their woodlots.

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Contacts Atlantic Forestry Review July 2017

The Association for Sustainable Forestry
Truro, N.S.
Many woodland owners are discovering that the comprehensive silviculture completed on private woodlots during the 1980s and ’90s is paying dividends decades later. Initiatives conducted by Dr. Ed Baillie, Russ McNally, and their team have resulted in much of the quality timber that is currently present on private land. In fact, a lot of that wood has already been harvested.

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Contacts Atlantic Forestry Review May 2017

Federation of Nova Scotia Woodland Owners
Truro, N.S.
    Well folks, (fly) fishing season is finally upon us! One of my fondest memories growing up was my annual spring trip with my father through the forest and glen to our favourite trout fishing lakes and streams. My dad turned 85 years young the other day and has greatly influenced my love of Nova Scotia’s woods and waters. I carry on this rite of spring to this day with my son, Jacob.
    Speaking of great influence, there are very few individuals that have positively impacted private land forestry and woodlot owners in Nova Scotia more than Federation of Nova Scotia Woodland Owners (FNSWO) founding member John Roblee.

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Contacts Atlantic Forestry Review March 2017

Federation of Nova Scotia Woodland Owners
Truro, N.S.
    Until a week ago we were all enjoying a very mild winter with very little snow – two major storms later we are now up to our waists in the white stuff. As I write, the thermometer has climbed back up to 8 degrees C, and softening roads are to the point where weight restrictions will be in effect on all provincial gravel roads starting at noon on Feb 24. I expect restrictions on paved roads will soon follow. 

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Contacts Atlantic Forestry Review January 2017

Conform Limited
Middle Musquodoboit, N.S.
    I’ve just returned from one of our member woodlots, where we have recently completed some harvesting and road upgrades. I was there to meet a float that was returning our aged road grader from the repair shop. The semi-frozen ground conditions will provide a good base to shape the road and let it freeze. Then we can haul the wood, and the road can sit and next spring when it thaws and dries out it will once again provide reliable access for follow-up silviculture and any future harvests – providing there are suitable markets and silviculture assistance available.

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Contacts Atlantic Forestry Review November 2016

North Nova Forest Owners Co-op Ltd
    On Sunday Oct. 2, North Nova Forest Owners Co-op Limited held its 40th anniversary celebration in Wentworth, with an active field day on the Jaime Snell-Pollendine woodlot. This is a diverse woodlot with lots of potential and well-drained productive soils, which becomes obvious as you drive into the woodlot. 
    The field day was a tremendous success, with approximately 100 people in attendance. There was a demonstration with a Ponsse Scorpion single-grip harvester owned and operated by Kim Contracting of the Gulf Shore and sold and serviced by ALPA Equipment in Truro.

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Contacts Atlantic Forestry Review September 2016

Federation of Nova Scotia Woodland Owners
Truro, N.S.
    We’ve been enjoying fantastic summer weather over the past several weeks. Unfortunately, the extended dry spell has resulted in an extreme fire hazard across most of the province. Many woodlot owners and contractors are exercising caution by restricting work hours and woods travel until conditions improve. Several forest fires are currently active, with conditions drier than they’ve been for the past 15 years. 

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Contacts Atlantic Forestry Review July 2016

Federation of Nova Scotia Woodland Owners
Truro, N.S.
    On behalf of our board of directors, I’d like to sincerely thank our guest speakers, sponsors, and all who attended the 17th Annual General Meeting in Truro on Saturday, May 14. The AGM drew an impressive crowd, with positive comments and discussion from the participants. 
    Department of Natural Resources Associate Deputy Minister Allan Eddy gave the AGM opening address with an update on what’s new for the woodlot owners from the department’s perspective. According to Eddy, economic impact of the forest sector is currently about 50 percent of what it was in 2003.

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Contacts Atlantic Forestry Review May 2016

Federation of Nova Scotia Woodland Owners
Truro, N.S
    The environment that woodlot owners find themselves in today has changed significantly since the initial meetings of the FNSWO back in the year 2000. Despite many new challenges faced by woodlot owners and the forestry sector, the goal of our board of directors remains the same today as it did then: “To promote and support the economic and social interests of woodlot owners across the province.”

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