2013 NSWOOA Annual Meeting Notice and Agenda

Learn more about the changing goals and needs of forest landowners, the potential for small-scale biomass projects to serve as a new market for low-grade wood, and looming changes to the provincial silviculture programme at the 2013 annual general meeting of the Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners and Operators Association.

Also planned: A look at forestry regulations and landowner outreach programmes in other provinces; and the presentation of the Friend of the Acadian Forest award.

The meeting will be held 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at the Masonic Lodge, 30 Station Road, Great Village. The lodge is about 30 kilometers northwest of Truro.

The public is welcome to attend. The cost is $15 for NSWOOA members and $20 for guests. Lunch is included.

Reservations are not required, but would be appreciated. Contact Andy Kekacs, programme director, at 902-817-4763 or andy.nswooa@gmail.com for more information.

Founded in 1969, NSWOOA is the oldest independent organization of small forest landowners in the province. A non-profit society, its mission is to support woodlot owners in sustainable forestry through education, demonstration, marketing, and cooperation.

NSWOOA believes that forest practices should mimic natural processes in the native Acadian Forest. Management that favors the growth of high-quality trees of the longest-lived, most valuable species offers the best opportunity to realize timber value while restoring forest conditions to a more natural (and desirable) state. The association believes that compromising ecological integrity for short-term considerations will inevitably have a negative impact on forest use by future generations.

Annual General Meeting

Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners and Operators Association
Saturday, 13 April 2013 -- Great Village, NS

8:15-8:45                              Registration, coffee

8:45-9:15                              Call to Order, Welcome and President's  Report -- Marc Chisholm

9:15-10:00                           Small-scale Biomass: Potential New Market for Pulpwood-Grade Wood?
 -- Dale Prest

10:00-10:15                         Presentation of Friend of the Acadian Forest Award

10:15-10:45                         Break -- Refreshments provided

10:45-11:30                         Changing Landowner Goals and Needs: Results of the 2012 Woodlot Site Visit
    Programme -- Stephen Cole

11:30-12:00                         New Ways to Fund Silviculture and Landowner Outreach -- Matt Miller 

12:00-1:00                           Lunch

1:00-1:45                              A Look at Forest Regulations and Landowner Services in Other Places:
    Lessons for NSWOOA? -- Minga O'Brien and Christie Verstraten

1:45-2:30                              Strategic Planning Review and Member Feedback -- Hendricus van Wilgenburg 

2:30-3:30                              Business Meeting: Minutes of 2012 AGM; Financial Report; Otter Ponds Division
                                               Report; Nomination and Election of Directors; Resolutions from the Floor

3:30                                        Adjournment

The meeting will be at the Masonic Lodge, 30 Station Road, Great Village. The cost (which includes lunch) is $15 for members and $20 for guests. Reservations are not required, but they would be appreciated. Contact Andy Kekacs at 902-817-4763 or andy.nswooa@gmail.com.

We have an interesting and informative programme planned, and hope to see you in Great Village!

Marc Chisholm, President
for the Directors of NSWOOA