News release

Recognizing Excellence in Private Woodlot Management

Private woodlots are vital to maintaining healthy forests and a strong economy. That’s why the province recognizes private woodlot owners for outstanding stewardship and management practices.

Nominations are being accepted now for the Woodland Owner of the Year Award, which recognizes excellence in forestry techniques and methods on private land.

“There are thousands of private woodlot owners who are sustainably managing their woodlands, often leading to innovative practices and new economic, education and recreation opportunities for Nova Scotians," said Lands and Forestry Minister Chuck Porter. “This award is one way to recognize best practices and raise awareness among landowners.”

Nominations are evaluated based on criteria including the quality of integrated resource management practices, environmental standards and the owner's efforts to improve the condition and health of the woodlot.

The nomination deadline is April 15. Nominations can be made by mail, fax or online through the Department of Lands and Forestry website:

Quick Facts:

  • the Woodland Owner of the Year award program has honoured private woodlot owners for outstanding resource stewardship for more than 30 years
  • Nova Scotians who own between 20 and 2,000 hectares (50 and 5,000 acres) of woodland are eligible to be nominated

Additional Resources:

Woodland Owner of the Year website:

Nova Scotia Woodlands on Facebook:

Department of Lands and Forestry on Twitter:


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