MTRI is a non-profit co-operative with a mandate to promote sustainable use of natural resources and biodiversity conservation in the Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve and beyond through research, education, and the operation of a field station.
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Throughout the summer we host one short seminar per week, and in the fall and winter months MTRI holds one or two evening talks a month. These talks are usually 30-45 minutes long, about an interesting topic, with snacks and lots of time for questions from the audience at the end. Check out Seminars page to learn more about what's coming up!
Throughout the summer, fall, winter, and spring we host a series of workshops on a variety of topics, including Non-Timber Forest Products, Medicinal Plants, Soils, Edible Mushrooms, Woodlot Demos, and Photography to name a few. Check out our Workshops page to learn what you can learn about at MTRI this year!
The Clapp Conservation Award is a bursary that is given to a high school student located in the seven southern counties of NS who is continuing on to post-secondary to pursue a career in nature conservation. 2014's recipient was Mallory Heim.
The Clapp Conservation Award honours the remarkable efforts of Diane and Harold Clapp, founding members and long-time volunteers who have led by example in building MTRI. The purpose of this award is to encourage and build youth capacity for conservation in southwestern Nova Scotia. MTRI is a non-profit co-operative with a mandate to promote sustainable use of natural resources and biodiversity conservation in the Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve and beyond through research, education, and the operation of a field station. For more information on how to apply for the award, click here. To read more about the Clapp's contribution to MTRI click here.
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Working with Foresters and Contractors - A Field Day for Woodland Owners. Saturday, June 10, in Sydney Forks, NS
For many woodland owners, finding foresters, contractors and other professionals is the most daunting part of woodlot management. On Saturday, June 10, Warren MacMullin of Sydney Forks will be mentor and host for a half-day workshop on working with forest professionals. The field day will address such questions as:
· How do you find the right forester or harvester?
· How do you buy professional services or sell wood?
· Are contracts with service providers needed? If so, what should they say?
· Are there government programs that finance activities on small woodlots?
Warren MacMullin is well suited to help answer those questions. In 1987, he bought about 242 acres of woodland in Sydney Forks, which is about 17 km southwest of Sydney. Warren has been actively managing the land since then, harvesting a variety of forest products using a wide range of techniques, and performing several sivicultural treatments.
The cost for the field day is $25 per person. Lunch is included. Reservations are required by June 6. You can register online at www.nswoods.ca/working-with-foresters-and-contractors.html or call Andy Kekacs toll-free at 1-855-NS-WOODS (1-855-679-6637). Please leave your name, address, phone number and email address.