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Welcome to the Association for Sustainable Forestry!


Recent Changes: Softwood Rate Increase


The Association for Sustainable Forestry is a progressive organization which provides small private woodland owners with the financial means to implement forest improvement work on their properties.

By taking a leading role in the principles and practices of Forest Stewardship, the Association works with silviculture contractors, woodland owner groups, and individuals to allocate and monitor the silviculture funds available through the provisions of the Nova Scotia Forests Act. Serving as a conduit between woodland owners and the forest industry, the Association is dedicated to ensuring the future health and enhancement of forests on privately owned woodlands.


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In addition to administering several provincial forestry initiatives, the Association for Sustainable Forestry began offering training opportunities for Forest Professionals in 2010. These rigorous training courses complement many of the funding initiatives available through the ASF, with the provincial Department of Natural Resources and Renewables providing certification or licensing to individuals who successfully complete the courses.Pre-Treatment Assessment (PTA) for Forest Professionals is the umbrella training program under which other training “modules” exist. Perhaps the most significant is Forest Ecosystem Classification (FEC), which instructs the identification of forest vegetation and forest soils. Together, these components inform the classification of forest ecosites, which assists in forest stewardship decision-making.Over 200 Forest Professionals have received FEC training, with the most recent course wrapping up on June 6th. A maximum of 15 participants in each course helps to provide an instructor-to-student ratio which is practical for the woods. Mensuration and metrics are important elements of collecting data used in making silviculture decisions, and training modules are offered to instruct Forest Professionals in these disciplines.Training in biodiversity, including the identification of wildlife habitat and biodiversity features, rounds out the current set of “modules” which are offered through ASF’s training syllabus. This too, is a component of PTA Certification.In addition to the above training, ASF offers the Provincial Scaling Course which, after completion and successfully passing the exam, enables individuals to earn a scaling license issued by the Province of Nova Scotia.If you are interested in any of the above courses, contact Ben at the ASF. Ben’s contact information is or phone at (902) 324-0811. ... See MoreSee Less
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The ASF is calling for forest industry operators to propose incentive-based programs (up to 2 years) to support the clean-up of low-grade fiber from private lands damaged by Hurricane Fiona.The ASF will work with industry, key organizations, private operators to propose innovative and effective solutions to recover marketable low-grade fibre, while producing economic benefits.Proposals will include; Species, Volumes, Location, Timeline, Budget, and will need to consider effects on Private Landowners, Contractors (harvesting and trucking) as well as the Forest Industry in general. Below is an application form for the Fiona Cleanup Challenge Program. More information can be found our website. ... See MoreSee Less
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Forestry contractors in Nova Scotia are eligible for up to $250,000 in funding.This can help purchase new equipment or used equipment or to fund retrofits.Here's the link for more information: ... See MoreSee Less
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Members of the ASF will be at the Central and Eastern conferences discussing ongoing and upcoming opportunities with offered programs.The Central Woodland Conference is coming up soon on Saturday, Apr. 20 at the Riverside Education Centre in Milford, NS! Make sure to register by Apr. 12 to get the early bird registration discount.To register for this and other conferences, visit: (lunch included):- Early Bird (by Apr. 12): $25- Student: $20- Regular (after Apr. 12): $30Other upcoming conferences:Western Woodland ConferenceSaturday, Apr. 6, 2024North Queens Fire HallCaledonia, NS (Queens Co.)Eastern Woodland ConferenceSaturday, Apr. 27, 2024NSCC Strait Area CampusPort Hawkesbury, NS (Inverness Co.) ... See MoreSee Less
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Physical Address:

1 – 62 Parkway Dr,
Truro Heights, Nova Scotia
B6L 1N8

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 696
Truro, Nova Scotia
B2N 5E5

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