Nashwaak Forest Stewardship Project
Mature forest is becoming increasingly rare across the landscape. Less than 5% of pre-settlement forest remains in the Maritimes, and the World Wildlife Fund has designated the Wabanaki-Acadian forest as critically endangered.
Mature and old growth forest offers many benefits (e.g., important wildlife habitat, significant carbon sequestration, flood mitigation, aquatic health), and the loss of older forests negatively impacts many aspects of our ecosystems.
Almost half of the Wabanaki-Acadian forest is under the care of private landowners, many of whom value the services provided by the forest but face challenges when trying to align their forest management with these values.
NWAI would like to get to know the forest owners of the Nashwaak watershed and to learn about their values and forest management practices. We hope to connect forest owners with useful resources and tools that integrate considerations for ecological health and climate change adaptation into forest management.
In addition to sharing existing resources, we are offering free visits with a professional forester to explore site-specific recommendations for private forests.