Nature lovers and woodland owners invited to conference

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A Walk in the Woods, Don Cameron

Woodland owners and others interested in forests and wildlife are invited to attend a conference March 22 in Waverley where resource experts and landowners will provide information on a variety of useful topics. 

The conference will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Waverley Legion, 2234 Rocky Lake Rd., Waverley. There will be presentations on topics such as: various private forest land management funding programs; a new initiative for bringing together the voices and concerns of all private woodland owners; silviculture program funding and specifications; technical assistance and mentoring for landowners; forest products markets and forest access road funding possibilities; living with wildlife when they become a nuisance to humans such as deer, coyotes, raccoons and bear; current and future forest pests; and protecting wilderness areas in Nova Scotia.

Speakers will include representatives of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Ecology Action Centre, Association for Sustainable Forestry, Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners and Operators Association, Forest Products Association of Nova Scotia and Nova Scotia Environment.

There will be plenty of time available for questions and answers to and from woodland owners. Private landowners own approximately 70 per cent of Nova Scotia forest land. They play an integral role in the long-term stewardship of forest resources.

The Saturday conference will also include exhibitors that will provide a variety of information, services and products that may be of interest to conference participants, including the Ecology Action Centre, DNR woodland owner programs, forestry equipment, wildfire prevention, wildlife rehabilitation and conservation enforcement.  

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $25 ($15 for students) and includes a hearty lunch and snack breaks. There will be numerous door prizes given out through the day. Those that pre-register will be eligible for free registration prizes.  At the end of the afternoon, one lucky participant will win a new powersaw in the grand prize draw.

The conference is part of an annual series of three regional conferences which are organized in different counties each year. It is organized by the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources, Association for Sustainable Forestry, Greater Halifax Partnership, Nova Forest Alliance and independent woodland owners. The agenda is developed based on feedback and requests from landowners received at previous conferences, field days and other opportunities.

After Saturday, the last conference in the series will be April 5, 2014 in Sherbrooke, Guysborough County.

To get additional information, or to pre-register, call toll free; 1-855-624-6670 or go to www.woodlotinfoshop.ca.

Organizations: Department of Natural Resources, Operators Association, Ecology Action Centre Association for Sustainable Forestry Greater Halifax Partnership Nova Forest Alliance

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Rocky Lake, Sherbrooke Guysborough County

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