[Sust-mar] Fall workshops for silviculture contractors

Wild Flora wildwords at yahoo.com
Wed Aug 11 14:00:45 EDT 2010

The Association for Sustainable Forestry (ASF) has announced a program of fall 
workshops for silviculture contractors  interested in uneven-aged management and 
growing high-value trees. These free workshops will be offered in each region of 
the province. (See below for our workshop schedule.)

The Uneven-Aged Management Project is designed to educate woodland owners and 
silviculture contractors interested in growing long-lived, shade-tolerant tree 
species and quality forest products. It focuses on silviculture practices 
associated with uneven-aged management—selection management, crop tree release, 
and crop tree pruning–and on funding available for these treatments through the 
ASF’s Category 7 Quality Improvement Silviculture Program.

There is increasing demand for contractors with demonstrated ability to do these 

Workshops for silviculture contractors will be held in the field, on a woodlot 
where quality-improvement silviculture treatments have been and could be 
conducted. The workshops emphasize ”how to’s” of uneven-aged management, with 
opportunities to learn through hands-on exercises .  Contractors will learn how 
to ensure that quality-improvement silviculture treatments are successful and 
cost effective. Topics to be discussed also include how to decide which trees to 
harvest and which to retain, ecosystem-based forest management, and challenges 
of doing this kind of work.

Space at these programs is limited and will be allocated on a first-come, 
first-served basis. Pre-registration is required.

This outreach project is administered by the ASF and is being funded by the Nova 
Scotia Department of Natural Resources as part of a program to increase the 
number of small, private woodlot owners who use uneven-aged forest management 
methods on appropriate sites. The project is being conducted on behalf of the 
ASF by the Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners and Operators Association in collaboration 
with Picea Forestry Services and Woodlot Management of Bridgewater, NS.
Interested woodlot owners and contractors are encouraged to contact the Category 
7 Outreach Project at 902-673-2278 or outreach at asforestry.com. The workshop 
schedule is as follows:

Silviculture contractor workshops last about 3 hours and are held in the 
afternoon on a woodlot  where it is possible to show sites both before and after 
treatments have been done. These workshops are free .
•       Sept. 23, Bridgewater area, Lunenburg County
•       Oct. 7, Wentworth area, Colchester County
•       Nov. 18, Eastern Region, location TBA.

Space at all workshops is limited and will be allocated on a first-come, 
first-served basis. Pre-registration is required. To register call 902-673-2278 
or email outreach at asforestry.com

Flora Johnson
For the Uneven-Aged Management Outreach Project

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