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Public invited to informative walk in the woods in Wentworth Valley

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A Walk in the Woods - Don Cameron

WENTWORTH VALLEY – This Sunday Sept. 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the public is welcome to enjoy a special woodlot visit in Wentworth Valley.

 Jaime Snell-Pollendine was recently named by the Department of Lands and Forestry as the winner of the Woodland Owner of the Year for the Central Region. The 500-acre property is a beautiful example of thoughtful stewardship of classic Acadian forest conditions. The woodlot consists of old growth hemlock, red spruce, various hardwood species, mixed with younger regenerating vegetation. 

The woodlot was originally used as a “getaway” for Jaime’s father in the 1970’s from Chester where they lived, and still have a family home. Her father was very keen to try new things and learn from his experiences. As an example, he arranged the purchase and shipment of thousands of seedlings of different tree species from British Columbia that he painstakingly planted in rows on recently harvested areas. As a young girl, Jaime remembers helping her Dad with this project, including the construction of fences to keep the hungry deer away from the newly planted exotics Douglas fir, red wood, and Austrian pine.

Jaime and her father have both recognized the need for harvesting when trees become very old or unhealthy and to encourage younger, resilient forest growth. The priorities of both generations have been to maintain a healthy, biodiverse forest for recreation, education and ecological objectives while investing any revenue generated by small patch cutting back into the property.  There is a woods access road and several trails running through the property. 

Over the years many silviculture treatments have been conducted on the woodlot by North Nova Forest Owners Co-op. Jaime entered into a woodlot management agreement with the Co-op after her dad died.  Since she lives in England most of the year with her husband and son, she required an organization that she could depend on to carry out her desired activities. The agreement has been a positive step for both parties as Jaime has been happy with the forest management progress to date, and North Nova has a keen proactive landowner as a member who supports using her woodlot for educational and recreational objectives.

For the Sunday public field day, North Nova has arranged to have several live demonstrations and displays including: horse logging, mechanical harvesting, silviculture treatments, hardwood sawlog bucking, wreath making, firewood processing, hiking trails, and a well-constructed family cabin created by her dad 20 years ago and renovated recently. The day will also include special presentations and a 4-H fundraiser barbecue lunch available under a tent, youth tree-planting and a guided walk. The woodlot is located on Wentworth-Collingwood Road, Wentworth.

For more information, call 902-548-2400 or email north.nova@northnovaforestry.com

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