A man from Yarmouth is the 2004 Nova Scotia Woodlot Owner of theYear Award winner, Natural Resources Minister Richard Hurlburtannounced today, July 9. James Bower was chosen as the western regional winner in June andwas recently selected as the provincial winner from regionalwoodlot owners in central, eastern and western Nova Scotia. “Much of Nova Scotia’s woodland is owned by small landowners whoinvest their own time and money into managing their woodlots,”said Mr. Hurlburt. “This annual award is one way to recognize theefforts of small woodlot owners and their outstandingstewardship.” Mr. Bower, whose woodlot is located in Lower Ohio, Shelburne Co.,was chosen as the provincial winner for his thoughtful approachto managing his woodland. “One of his goals is to leave the woodland in better conditionthan he inherited it and to provide employment,” said Tim Whynot,a forester with the department and member of the judgingcommittee. “He is the first landowner that we have evaluated whohas hired a consultant to give him an updated management plan. Heis also one of the few landowners who has made a consciousdecision to preserve some old growth forest, which he calls thegreen bunch.” A lot of silviculture has taken place on the property since theearly 1980s and its tall pine trees and outstanding pineregeneration is noticeable along the Ohio Road. “The woodlot is a lesson in co-operation between the landowner,his contractor Mike Harris, a consulting forester, PatriciaAmero, and Lewis Mouldings,” said Bruce Carter, a forester withthe Department of Natural Resources. The 2004 Woodlot Owner of the Year Award will be presented to Mr.Bower during a public field day to be held on his woodlot inOctober. The other regional winners were Laurie Hanna and sons ofParrsboro, Cumberland Co. for the central region and EarleVickers of Portree, Inverness Co. for the eastern region award.Field days will be held on Mr. Hanna’s and Mr. Vicker’s woodlotsin September. This is the 15th year for this award, which recognizes landownerswho carry out sustainable woodlot management. The award alsoincreases public awareness of the importance of private woodlotsin Nova Scotia. Woodlot owners are evaluated on their effort andcommitment to setting and meeting sustainable goals for theirland. Nova Scotia residents are eligible if they own between 20 to 400hectares (50 to 1,000 acres) of woodland in the province.Nominations are accepted at Department of Natural Resourcesoffices until March 31 of each year.