FFF

Forest-Friendly Forestry

Portable Bandsaw in use at Windhorse Farm, 1998

Portable Bandsaw in use at Windhorse Farm, 1998, allows production of lumber on-site. View video of bandsaw in use at MacPhail Woods, PEI

Below are some examples of forest-friendly forestry and some groups that I believe promote truly forest-friendly forestry in Nova Scotia. These are just some examples. I appreciate that there are many individuals, families and small groups that practice forest-friendly forestry without any fanfare. Also, it’s appropriate to think of wood products as only one category of the possible products of forestry; there are a few existing and many potential NTFPs (non-timber forest products) that can support rural economies such as maple syrup, mushrooms, ecotourism.

NSWOOA . On Facebook
“The Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners and Operators Association is committed to being your best source for information and advice about the sustainable management of the Acadian Forest. We do not offer silviculture or harvesting services; our interest is only in the protection and enhancement of the native forest ecosystems of Nova Scotia.” The website provides links to relevant resources. View A short history of NSWOOA.. It was founded in 1969, and is the oldest independent woodlot owners and operators group in the province. It was “never a favorite of the Department of Lands and Forests”.

The Forestry Lab
An initiative of NSWOOA. “The Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners and Operators Association is hosting a unique project called The Forestry Lab to address challenges in Nova Scotia’s forestry sector. See Event Summaries for a sense of what it is about.

WoodsCamp
“WoodsCamp is a dedicated community of forestry professionals, woodlot owners, and technology developers who share in a mission to increase the health of our forests and the families that rely on them. We believe that technical, process, and business model innovation offers us an exciting new way to manage forests sustainably.”

The Healthy Forests Coalition (HFC) | On Facebook
A fledgling organization set up in the spring of 2016 following discussions by many people around the topic of use of forest biomass to generate electricity. These discussions began when a St. Margaret’s Bay resident, Helga Guderley, floated the idea of a public petition urging the Premier (as representative of the N.S. government) to “Stop destroying Nova Scotia’s forests for biomass power generation”. From their website: “The Nova Scotia Healthy Forest Coalition is an alliance of organizations and individuals united to raise public awareness of the critical state of our forests and the need for fundamental reform of forest policy.”

Woods and Waters Nova Scotia (Facebook Page)
“Pjila’si – Welcome. My name is Mike Parker. I am an author of wilderness history and heritage and an outdoors advocate and enthusiast who is dedicated to fostering the sustainable use – not the unfettered abuse – of Nova Scotia’s forests and forest ecosystems. The goal of this page is to effect positive change, to be educational and thought provoking, reflective and introspective by celebrating the traditions, natural beauty, and intrinsic values of our woods and waters while decrying the calculated, self-gratifying attitudes, doctrines and practices that wantonly destroy and pollute the land, poison the water and foul the air in the name of progress and pursuit of the omnipotent dollar…”

Friends of the Redtail Society…Sheltering Forests
Based in Scotsburn, Nova Scotia.”We must create a different way of relating to the forest, one that values the forest system as much greater than the sum of its parts; one that restricts human impact to what a healthy forest can sustain.”

Medway Community Forest Co-op
“Community forests exist across Canada – each as unique as the communities they are part of. What they have in common is direct governance by local people, economic benefits that stay in the community, land that is managed for multiple values, and a commitment to environmental stewardship. The Medway Community Forest Co-op was formed to bring this model to Nova Scotia. The forest industry in this province is undergoing a major transition and a community forest offers a new creative approach to managing our natural resources.”

Woodland Owner of the Year
“The Nova Scotia Woodland Owner of the Year Award (WOYA) recognizes and rewards landowners for outstanding stewardship of their woodlands. It was developed to encourage woodlot owners to practice sustainable woodlot management and to increase public awareness of the importance of private woodlots in Nova Scotia and good woodlot management.” Descriptions of woodlot operations by winners of this award going back to 1999 make some pretty interesting reading.

Community Forest International
“An environmental start-up, working to connect people and their communities to the forests that sustain them.” Highly innovative, Maritime based.

The Nova Scotia genuine progress index forest accounts volume 2 a way forward: case studies in sustainable forestry (2001)
Six case studies are described in detail. GPI Atlantic.