Cum­ber­land County cou­ple wood­land win­ners

The Citizen-Record (Cumberland) - - CUMBERLAND COUNTY - SPENCER’S IS­LAND

Nova Sco­tia’s 2017 Wood­land Owner of the Year is a Spencer’s Is­land cou­ple.

Peter and Pat Spicer be­came pro­vin­cial wood­land win­ners this year for their care­ful stew­ard­ship and cre­ative man­age­ment of their 1,600-acre wood­lot in Spencer’s Is­land. The wood­lot has been in the Spicer fam­ily for seven gen­er­a­tions and once pro­vided wood for ship­build­ing.

“This award pays im­por­tant recog­ni­tion to Nova Sco­tians bring­ing in­no­va­tion and cre­ativ­ity to the forestry in­dus­try,” said Nat­u­ral Re­sources Min­is­ter Mar­garet Miller. “Con­grat­u­la­tions to this year’s re­cip­i­ents and thank you for demon­strat­ing best prac­tices in wood­land man­age­ment.”

The wood­lot in­cludes a range of for­est ecosys­tems and is har­vested for tim­ber and non-tim­ber for­est prod­ucts.

The Spicers’ com­pany, Seven Gulches For­est Prod­ucts, pro­vides so­cial and eco­nomic ben­e­fits to the com­mu­nity.

The Spicers also use their wood­lot for cross-coun­try ski­ing, snow­mo­bil­ing and other forms of recre­ation.

“My wood­lot is like a nat­u­ral zoo. Ev­ery day you see some­thing spe­cial on this prop­erty,” Said Peter Spicer. “We work hard at it, we en­joy it, and it’s an hon­our to win this award.”

The Spicers’ wood­land stew­ard­ship suc­cess is fea­tured in an on­line video at https://youtu.be/ i6OxWHc7nMM.

The Spicers will be pre­sented with the Wood­land Owner of the Year Award at a pub­lic field day on Sept. 30.

The Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources has pre­sented the Wood­land Owner of the Year ti­tle an­nu­ally since 1990.

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