Nominations Sought For 2004 Woodlot Owner of the Year

Department of Natural Resources

January 15, 2004 10:31 AM

Each year, the Department of Natural Resources recognizes private
woodlot owners for their outstanding stewardship and good woodlot
management.

Nominations for Nova Scotia's 2004 woodlot owner of the year are
being accepted until Saturday, Jan. 31, at Department of Natural
Resources offices or online at
www.gov.ns.ca/natr/extension/woya/applic.htm .

Any resident of Nova Scotia who owns between 20 and 400 hectares
(50 to 100 acres) of woodland, and who agrees to host a public
education and information field day on their woodlot, is eligible
for the annual award. Natural Resources employees, regional
winners from the last three years and provincial winners from the
last 10 years are not eligible.

"This is an opportunity for Nova Scotians to acknowledge the many
positive activities that private woodlot owners are doing across
the province, by nominating someone they believe is deserving of
recognition," said Natural Resources Minister Richard Hurlburt.
"Each year this prestigious award recognizes one woodlot owner
who has put extra thought and care into managing his or her
woodlot sustainably."

Nominations are evaluated on a variety of criteria, such as the
quality of harvesting practices, the environmental standards
being exercised and the owner's efforts to improve the condition
and health of his or her woodlands.

In addition to the recognition, the winning landowner also
receives a plaque, awarded by the minister, a large sign to post
at the site and a major prize donated by a sponsoring
manufacturer. Past winners of the woodlot owner of the year award
include Richard Irving of Baxter's Harbour, Kings Co.; Les Corkum
of Falmouth, Hants Co.; Don and Katy Moore of Upper Kennetcook,
Hants Co.; and Tom and Bill Skinner of South Berwick, Kings Co.

Individuals and organizations are invited to submit nominations
for the woodlot owner of the year to any office of the Department
of Natural Resources. Nominations can also be sent directly to
Dale Glennie at the Department of Natural Resources, P.O. Box
698, Halifax, N.S., B3J 2T9, by fax to 902-424-7735 or by e-mail
to woodlot@gov.ns.ca .

The nomination must include the owner's name, address, phone
number, size and location of woodlot, a brief paragraph stating
why this person deserves the nomination, and the nominator's name
and phone number.


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     The Department of Natural Resources is now accepting

nominations for Nova Scotia's woodlot owner of the year award.

     The deadline for nominations is Saturday, January 31st.

     Nova Scotia residents who own between 20 and 400 hectares

(50 to 100 acres) of woodland are eligible for the award.

     Nominations are evaluated on the quality of harvesting

practices, environmental standards and the efforts made to

improve the condition and health of the woodlands.

     Nominations can be made online, at any office of the

Department of Natural Resources, or by contacting Dale Glennie at

902-424-5444.

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Contact: Dale Glennie
         Natural Resources
         902-424-5444
         E-mail: woodlot@gov.ns.ca

         Susan Mader Zinck
         Natural Resources
         902-424-5239
         E-mail: madersd@gov.ns.ca



njm         January 15, 2004         10:27 A.M.