Virginia East, Annapolis Co.
1999 Woodlot Owner of The Year.
A provincial awards committee has chosen a man from Virginia East in Annapolis Co. as the provincial winner. Harold Hearn was chosen as the best woodlot owner from six regional winners by a three member judging panel. The award will be presented to Mr. Hearns on his woodlot on Saturday, September 18. A field day was held that day to give other woodlot owners and the public a chance to meet Harold and tour his woodlot.
This is the tenth year for the prestigious award which recognizes outstanding achievements in woodlot management. Woodlot owners are evaluated based on their effort and commitment to: setting and meeting sustainable goals for their land, improving their knowledge or understanding of their forest land, or the forest in general, improving the condition, access, and health of their woodland, integrated resource management, with an emphasis on wood production while considering other values such as wildlife habitat, and woodlot management in general
Any resident who owns between 20 hectares (50 acres) and 400 hectares (1000 acres) of woodland in Nova Scotia is eligible for the award. Nominations are accepted at any Department of Natural Resources office by January 31 of each year. Six regional winners are selected prior to selecting the provincial winner.
During the field day, three tours will be held beginning at 10 am, 12:30 pm and 2 pm. The tours will highlight the work Mr. Hearns has done including a stocked fire pond, softwood and hardwood thinnings, wildlife cavity trees, his road, some small scale forestry equipment, and lunch at his beautiful camp on Grand Lake.
To get to the field day look for signs leading to Virginia East off highway 101 at the exit to Annapolis Royal.
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