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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Contacts Atlantic Forestry Review March 2016

Registered Professional Foresters Association of Nova Scotia
Truro, N.S.
    In the last issue of AFR, I led off with an update on the efforts that were being made to achieve the Right to Practice for Forest Professionals. I would like to be able to provide some hard facts on the progress that has been made, but while progress is being made regarding answers to the questions that I posed, the details are not yet firm enough to put in print. We are expecting that by the date of the Annual Meeting (March 10 and 11), we will be able to provide answers to those and other questions.

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Contacts Atlantic Forestry Review January 2016

Cape Breton Privateland Partnership
Port Hawkesbury, N.S. 
     It’s been a busy year again here on Cape Breton. Cape Breton Privateland Partnership (CBPP), a partnership of Baddeck Valley Wood Producers, North Inverness Forest Management, and the Nova Scotia Landowners and Forest Fibre Producers Association, has grown to 279 woodlots, and we have also been busy developing some new initiatives that we are very excited about.
    Since its inception, CBPP has carried out almost $600,000 worth of silviculture work on member woodlots through agreements with Association for Sustainable Forestry (ASF), Port Hawkesbury Paper, and a very recent agreement with Nova Scotia Power.

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