Forest certification is gradually becoming more commonplace throughout the Maritimes and around the world. Certification was developed as a means to allow people to choose forest products coming from well-managed forests, thereby helping to promote responsible forestry, and giving recognition to those who take good care of their woodlands.
There are several benefits to joining our woodlot certification program:
You receive a low cost forest management plan for your woodlot, based on your objectives, written to a high standard, by a forest professional. Your management plan will incude a detailed inventory of your woodlot identifying potential silvicultural and harvest treatments.
A forest professional will periodically monitor harvesting and silviculture activities on your woodlot to ensure they comply with the certification standard. FNSWO will maintain all certification related documentation, required to administer the certification.
You will have access to dedicated silviculture funding for Certified Woodlots, woodlot owner training courses, field events, and the opportunity to meet like –minded individuals who care about responsible forest management.
A woodlot management plan will help you qualify for the Intergenerational Tax Transfer program and will allow your provincial property tax classifiication as "Forest Resource" resulting in a lower tax rate for your property.
You will have the potential for increased revenues from the sale of certified wood products and access to unique markets.
Hi to the future members of the FNSWO, As a member of the Federation Of Nova Scotia Woodland Owners since 2011 it has been an experience worth participating in. I have an updated woodlot management plan, CSA certified and soon to be FSC certified all with the help of the program, many thanks to Tom Berry. We have had a woodlot demo field day here in 2012 with participation from many other woodlot owners plus another field day in conjunction with the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute. There is advice when ever needed, workshops that can be attended and just a good way to stay in touch with other people who are interested in the same important values about your woodlot as you are. There is an annual membership fee that has easily been repaid in silviculture funding over the years with many types of treatments being eligible in the program. Overall I believe being a member has been a plus for our woodlot.