Announcement: Common Ground Woodlot tours Aug 21 & 28, 2021

Poster for Miller Woodlot Tour Click on image for larger version

The following was received from Christie Verstraten, Program Director Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners & Operators Association.

Common Ground workshops to focus on woodland stewardship, climate change and biodiversity

Are you interested in ecologically sensitive forest practices, woodland stewardship and climate-smart forestry? Do you want to know more about ways to protect all of the values that our forests can provide – social, ecological and economic? Are you unsure how to make your own goals for woodland a reality?

As part of the Common Ground project, the Family Forest Network is offering a series of forest days and workshops across the province in 2021-22 where you can learn from experts, elders and peers.

A collaborative initiative between Community Forests International, the Ulnooweg Development Group, and the Family Forest Network, the Common Ground project seeks to mobilize citizens to take action on climate challenges in the rural Maritimes, where more than 80,000 forest stewards manage 4.2 million hectares (40 percent) of the Wabanaki-Acadian Forest. Many of these family forest owners face barriers to taking climate action, however, including a lack of knowledge, role models, and practical tools.

Poster for Paupin Woodlot Tour Click on image for larger version

Together, we can achieve globally significant greenhouse gas reductions and locally important climate adaptation outcomes. Drawing on both Indigenous forest knowledge and climate-smart forest management techniques, we aim to build a community for ecologically sensitive forestry, learning from key experts and creating shared knowledge and stories about the woods. Read more about this project at

The first two Family Forest Network-led events will be woodland tours led by Tom and Matt Miller in Greenhill, NS, and Norman Paupin in Shinimicas, NS. Both Tom and Norman are previous winners of the Woodland Owner of the Year Award in NS.

The Miller Woodlot Tour will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21. You can register at

The Paupin Woodlot Tour will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28. You can register at

Pre-registration is required for both events and space is limited. Because we can only host a small number of participants, please register only if you are committed to attend. Additional events will be announced as details are confirmed, and will be posted at

For information, contact Christie at

We hope to see you there!

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