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Forest Stewardship Essentials


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15 Hours




Start Dates

March 7, 2024

Registration Deadlines

February 29, 2024

About this microcredential

Learn effective forest management practices that balance ecological and economic in Nova Scotian woodlands through field-based learning. Designed for both new and current woodland stewards, this course explores management practices that support various timber and non-timber values, including wildlife, recreation, culture and biodiversity benefits. 

What will you learn?

  • Apply forestry-specific policy and legislation to common woodlot stewardship situations. 
  • Read a map to identify woodlot features. 
  • Describe key elements included in a woodlot stewardship plan consistent with the principles of ecological forestry. 
  • Manage common risks and liability related to woodlot stewardship activities. 

How does this prepare you for the low carbon economy?

Forests are a critical component of the global carbon cycle and have the potential to store carbon when properly managed. Forests are also long timescale ecological systems, and today’s management decisions will have significant impacts on future economic and biophysical aspects. Climate change is influencing forest management best-practices, and also increasing risks from fire and pest damage. Regulatory considerations often dictate which practices are used forest management. This course provides a basic foundation in how forest regulations and planning skills can be applied to properly manage forest stands. A skilled workforce is needed to manage the future of Canada’s forestry sector and this course helps in the transition to a more ecologically-based forest management approach needed for Canada’s low carbon economy. 

Potential career outcomes: 

  • Forestry professional 
  • Forestry technician 
  • Forest Machine Operator 
  • Clearing Saw operator