Private Land Management Program

Frequently Asked Questions

Why was I contacted?

Your woodlot and a number of other landowner’s woodlots within the county were identified through digital aerial photography as having the potential to benefit from this program.

What are my obligations as a landowner?

The landowner has no obligation to maintain a working relationship with the program. At this time, there are no fees associated with becoming involved. It is anticipated that the funding and professional benefits of being involved with the PLMP will be sufficient to sustain strong and active participation.

Where does the money come from to support the different management activities?

Funding will be obtained through a number of sources which include but are not limited to…

  • Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corporation
  • Forest Products Association of Nova Scotia
  • Association for Sustainable Forestry
  • ABL Timber Ltd

What are the steps to participating in the PLMP (Private Land Management Program) and getting work done on my woodlot?

  •  complete and return the mail-in form on the back section of the trifold brochure
  •  meet with a forest professional from ABL Timber Ltd at your woodlot to discuss objectives
  •  review the resulting woodlot management plan
  •  sign agreement to complete work according to management plan
  •  commence identified forest management activities

As a landowner at what level do I participate in the management of my woodlot?

The program accommodates a full range of engaged woodlot owners: from the woodlot owner who wants all activities to be completed on his behalf under the direction of a forest professional, to the landowner who wishes to complete all activities himself. The PLMP will find the correct service provider to meet the unique needs of the landowner. This method of involvement allows the landowner to receive direct payment for improvement activities he completes on his own land. Hands on work, by the landowner, is encouraged (but not necessary) in this program.

Does the program support non-timber objectives?

The PLMP (Private Land Management Program) works collaboratively with the land owner in defining the overall objectives of the management plan. A plan can accommodate a range of values such as recreation, wildlife, conservation and social benefits. Objectives are based on the land owner’s desires, the state and structure of the woodlot and the array of management options and funding that are available.

What type of harvesting techniques will be used on my woodlot?

A number of harvesting techniques are available that can be tailored to the specific species and age classes within a woodlot. Small scaled harvesting operations are typically used unless landowner objectives and stand conditions dictate otherwise. Again, the landowner can do as much or as little of the actual work as he is able. As stated earlier, hands on work is encouraged in this program.