2023 Fall Meeting Preliminary Program

Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Technical Program – Cineplex Movie Theatre 145 Shubie Dr, Dartmouth, NS B3B 0C3

  • On-site Registration (7:30 am – 9:00 am)
  • Welcoming Remarks - Dirk Nielsen, Chairperson, Canadian Woodlands Forum

Plenary Session 1 - Innovative Opportunities (8:30 am– 10:00 am)

  • Elmsdale Lumber Company: Investing in the Future by Using Modern Technology to Reduce Labour and Increase Recovery.
    Mark Wilber, Elmsdale Lumber Co. Ltd.
  • Mass Timber & Bio Char: A Lumber Company Diversifying Wood Products.
    Robin Wilber and Anneke Santilli, Elmsdale Lumber Co. Ltd.

Plenary Session 2 - The Value of Collaborative Partnerships (10:30 am – 12:00 pm)

  • Private Land Management: A Woodlot Owner’s Perspective; Past, Present & Future.
    Jim Bremner, Castle Frederick Farms
  • Social Acceptability - A Key Input to the Development of a Sector Strategy. Harvey Gray, Forestry Economic Task Force.
  • Looking Beyond the Trees; Etuaptmumk Forestry.  Elizabeth Jessome and Lacey Robbins Mi’kmaw Forestry Initiative.

  Lunch (12:00 pm – 1:30 pm)

Plenary Session 3 - Embracing Change - Thinking Outside the Box (1:30 pm – 4:30 pm)

  • Potential Approaches for Adapting to a Changing Climate. Andrew Willett, J.D. Irving, Limited
  • Improved Forest Management; Connecting Carbon Markets and Silviculture Treatments
    Liam Fraser, Anew Climate
  • Evolving Into "Triad Forest Management" at Westfor. Breck Stuart, Westfor Management Inc.
  • Modern Forest Planning: Growing the Next Generation of Forestry Specialists. 
    Devon Wilkins, Rumcache Forest Solutions Inc.
  • From Strategic to Operational Planning to Support the On-going Implementation of Ecological Forestry and the Triad in Nova Scotia. 
    Rob O'Keefe and James Steenberg, NS Department of Natural Resources & Renewables

Reception/Dinner - Join us Oct 3 from 5:00pm - 8:00pm for an engaging evening of networking at the Reception and Dinner hosted at Jack Astors. Enjoy a delectable dining experience while surrounded by the lively ambiance as you connect with fellow professionals, thought leaders, and enthusiasts in the forest industry. Discover new insights, share experiences, and forge valuable connections that foster collaboration and growth within the sector.

Wednesday, October 4, 2023

As part of this year's event, we are thrilled to present an unforgettable Day 2 field day experience that promises to be both educational and inspiring.

After a hearty buffet breakfast at the Elmsdale Fire Hall, we’ll head to the woods and visit operations on Elmsdale Lumber’s freehold lands in Renfrew, NS, which is now a small ghost town but in it’s day, was the site of some of the most successful gold mines in the Maritimes. 

Multiuse Land base Stop – Affiliated private land located in an area managed for forest resources along with strong historical, recreational, and cultural values. This stop highlights various considerations when managing a land base for multiple uses and how that has influenced prescriptions for this site over the last decade.

Mechanized Stand Cleaning Operation – Hyundai 35Z-9A excavator outfitted with a TMK 200 Tree Shear with collector and grapple blade owned by J.C Contracting. This machine will be performing a thin to waste treatment in a 25-year-old managed softwood stand.

Commercial Thinning Processing Head – Sany SY 60C excavator outfitted with a JOBO ST50 Combi processing head owned by J.C Contracting. This machine will be performing a first entry commercial thinning in a 25-year-old managed softwood stand.

Final Harvest 8 Wheel Drive Harvester – Ponsse Ergo with H7 harvesting head owned by Beaver Dam Enterprises. This machine will be performing a final harvest in a mature mixed wood stand.

The excitement doesn't stop there! Following our enlightening field trip, we'll head back to the mill site for lunch and a tour of the innovative Elmsdale Lumber sawmill facility, where you'll catch cutting-edge technology in action and gain insights into the future of the lumber industry.

Field Day Itinerary

· Buffet Breakfast - Elmsdale Fire Hall (8:00 am - 9:00 am)

· Field Trip – Renfrew Freehold – Buses depart from the Legion at 9:00 am

· Lunch – Mill Yard (1:00 pm – 2:00 pm)

· Sawmill Tour (2:00 pm – 3:30 pm)

Stay tuned for further details on transportation

Lunch and transportation will be provided; we are in a working forest and active mill site, so please bring along your own personal protective equipment and outer gear.

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