Nova Scotia names woodlot owner award winners
HALIFAX, NS-Tom and Lori Miller of Greenhill, in Pictou County, have been named Nova Scotia's woodlot owners of the year for 2005. Owners of two woodlots, the Millers received the award in recognition of their approach to sustainable forest management, including annual harvest limits, protected areas, improving wildlife habitat, and working to restore the woodlands to naturally-occurring Acadian forest types. As further evidence of their strong commitment to good forest management, they have taken the extra step to obtain sustainable forest management certification from the Forest Stewardship Council. Natural Resources Minister Richard Hurlburt pointed out that much of Nova Scotia's forestland is owned and managed by small landowners. "Nova Scotia's woodlot owners invest their own time and money into managing their properties. Their work is essential for the province's sustainable forests and the economic viability of our forestry industry," he added. This is the 16th year for this award, which recognizes woodland owners' efforts and commitment to setting and meeting sustainable goals for their land. Nova Scotia residents are eligible if they own between 20 to 800 hectares (50 to 2,000 acres) of woodland in the province. Nominations are accepted by the Department of Natural Resources up to March 31st of each year.