Each year, fellow SNB woodlot owners nominate private woodlot owners in recognition of their outstanding efforts in managing their woodland. The award increases public awareness of the importance of forest management and encourages woodlot management among other woodlot owners.
Anyone can nominate a woodlot owner for the award. Once nominations are submitted, a review committee selects SNBFPMB’s Woodlot Owner of the Year and the award presentation takes place at the Annual Meeting, followed by a tour of the recipient’s woodlot later in the season.
Click the link below to see the nomination form and selection guidelines.
Bill’s woodlot is in Lower Millstream, N.B. and has been within his family for several generations. The woodlot has a storied history of forest management.
During the late 70’s, the woodlot had been completely harvested using a trail cut method due to a severe Spruce Budworm outbreak. Since that time, Bill has been actively managing the woodlot through various silviculture activities such as planting, pre-commercial thinning, commercial thinning, alternative harvesting, Christmas trees, and more. Bill is always willing to try new silviculture activities on the woodlot, especially if they may help improve the ecological values of the land. Across the woodlot is a large network of roads and trails that Bill constructed and maintains to manage the property.
For years, SNB has used Bill’s woodlot for various educational tours with the Working Woodlot Program, DNR, UNB, MCFT, and SNB staff.