Natural Resources 2007 Woodlot Owner of the Year

Meet the Winners:

Congratulation to Kevin and Susan Veinotte of Bridgewater, Lunenburg CO., the 2007 Provincial Woodlot Owners of the Year. The Veinottes were chosen in May as the Western winners and were recently selected as the provincial winners from the deserving regional winners in eastern and central Nova Scotia.

The Department of Natural Resources received a number of nominations for the honour in January through to March. All nominations were evaluated by regional Natural Resources staff members for regional winners, while the provincial winner was selected by a selection committee comprised of two foresters, a wildlife biologist, a woodland owner and former award winner, and an environmental studies graduate student.

Kevin and Susan Veinotte were chosen as the provincial winners for their keen and innovative approach to running their woodlot. The family owns a 170 ha (about 420 acres) woodlot that has a long history through 7 generations. Farming and wood harvesting has been an ongoing career for owners of this property, from the first homesteads in 1860 to today. Thoughtful stewardship of the land through previous generations has led to a primary uneven aged Acadian Forest. As a result, multiple forest values have been maintained over time including high quality timber, wildlife habitat, water quality, aesthetics, recreational opportunities, spiritual aspects of nature and many more.

Kevin has great appreciation and respect for his land. His management philosophy, as written in his forest management plan, “ is to have the condition of his woodlot in good or better shape than it is at present, and to ensure the forests’ value, yield, multiple benefits are sustained for his children ”. The veinotte family practices sound and responsible harvest methods and their woodlot has been certified by the Forest Steward Council.

Kevin maintains over 12 ha of certified organic Christmas trees within his woodlot, the first in Eastern Canada. Vegetation control is done manually and natural predatory insects keep the damaging insects in check. He continually removes diseased Fir trees in and surrounding his Christmas tree lots to help control aphid populations thus the possibility of damage.

Kevin is currently vice president of the Lunenburg County Christmas Tree Council Association and active member of the local Lunenburg County Federation of Agriculture. He has been running the Agriculture awareness booth at the South Shore exhibition for the last several years. Kevin’s woodlot has been used by different groups and is open for educational and information sharing purposes.

The 2007 Woodlot Owner of the Year Award will be officially presented to the Veinottes at a public field tour to be held on their woodlot September 29th . The field day will include the information displays for woodland owners, award giving ceremony, equipment demonstration, selection harvesting management technics, and many more.

Directions to Kevin Veinotte woodlot in Northfield:

– Take Exit 12 from Highway #103.
– Proceed north on Highway #10, for 6.5 kilometers.
– Turn right onto Mossman Road.
– Proceed on Mossman Road for about 0.7 kilometers, and take the road on the right
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For more information contact:

Simon Mutabazi
Natural Resources

Bruce Carter
Natural Resources

Eastern Region
Bob Bancroft and Alice Reed, Pomquet Harbour, Antigonish Co.

Bob Bancroft is a retired Biologist from the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Fisheries. Bob and Alices’ woodlot is a beautiful 56 acre woodlot not far from the shores of Pomquet Provincial Park in Antigonish County. The woodlot was purchased 32 years ago as an abandoned field and is being restored to the natural Acadian forest.

The woodlot features a rich mixture of native softwood and hardwood tree species. There have been many developments on the woodlot that are aimed at bettering the environment for wildlife and natural Acadian Forest regeneration.

The work done on the property involved a PCT in order to encourage the establishment of species like white ash from seed sources, site preparation and gap planting to restore shade tolerant species where there was no seed source nearby, plant protection with wire cages. The native species planted included hazel hawthorn, staghorn sumac, elders, Indian peer, white pine, red pine, jack pine, red spruce, hemlock, eastern cedar, ironwood, white ash, black ash, yellow birch, and red oak. Fern and other ground cover species were planted as well.

Bod and Alice also planted apple trees for wildlife, and used the poorest wood as a source of organic material for other organisms as it was left to rot on the ground.

The wildlife restoration work done by Bancroft and Reed include nest boxes erection as substitutes for old tree cavities used by birds, bats, flying and red squirrels, red maple coppice management for holes ( cavities), and aspen for grouse. Dead trees are left standing for nuthatch, woodpecker, flicker populations. The brush piles built during thinning and firewood harvesting operations are beneficial for yellowthroat, sparrows, hares, mice, and the list goes on. Bob and Alice dispersed hollow logs through the forest near waterways for use by mink and otter. The couple also created windfall area for wintering deer and black bear. A unique pond designed to attract and maintain a range variety of aquatic life was created.

The field day on Bob and Alice’s woodlot will be held September 15th.

Directions to Bob Bancroft and Alice Reed's woodlot in Pomquet:

– Follow Highway 104 east past Antigonish approximately 2 km east of Exit 35 to Taylor road, and turn left.
– Travel 5 km to Monks Head road and turn left again. Travel for 2 km, and look for house #15 on the left.

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For more information please contact:

Tim Bailey - (902) 863 - 7373, email
Simon Mutabazi - (902) 424 - 5444, email

Central Region - W. Brian Brown, Oxford, Cumberland Co.

Brian W. Brown is an experienced and devoted woodland owner. Retiring 13 years ago from a lengthy career as a conservation officer with NR&R, he maintains his 14 woodlots on a daily basis. Brian maintains multiple forest values on his woodlots, such as, income from maple syrup production, shiitake mushrooms, Christmas trees, water protection and quality, wildlife habitat, timber production, and recreational opportunities. Managing 14 woodlots is a difficult task, and it is a full time job for Brian.

Brian has planted more than 600,000 seedlings on his woodlands over the years, and encourages the use of his woodlands by others for recreational uses.

The field day on Brian’s woodlot will be held on September 22nd.

Directions from Truro to Brian Brown’s Woodlot in Windham Hill

– Take Trans-Canada Hwy 104 from Truro, 73 km to Exit 6 (toward Rte 321).
– At top of Exit 6, turn left onto Rte 301 (River Phillip Rd)
– After 11 km on Rte 301, turn right at Windham Hill Rd.
– After 7 km on Windham Hill Rd, turn left onto woodlot road and proceed to Brian Brown’s woodlot gate.

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For more information please contact:

Don Cameron - (902) 893- 5629, email :
Simon Mutabazi - (902) 424- 5444, email

Nova Scotia
Woodlot Owner Of the Year Award,
honouring outstanding woodlot stewardship since 1990