It’s impossible not to love Karl and Faye Crawford’s property near Scotsburn.
Karl and Faye Crawford’s property in Hardwood Hill won the Woodland Owner of the Year for the Central Region. Submitted
It’s impossible not to love Karl and Faye Crawford’s property near Scotsburn. There is something for everyone to appreciate: the expansive view of P.E.I. from the hilltop, the beautiful craftsmanship of their 250-year-old wood home, and nearly 140 hectares of forested area including mature stands of spruce, pine, hemlock and tamarack. The total 187 hectares is an outdoorsman’s paradise due to the Crawford’s committed maintenance over the past 34 years to creating trails, wildlife habitat, and various silviculture and harvesting treatments.
It is for this commitment that Karl and Faye have been named by DNR the 2013 winner of the Central Region Woodland Owner of the Year Award.
One of the award judges, Jeana Macleod, who is a completing her Masters in Environmental Policy at Memorial University had the following comments: “it was a pleasure to meet Karl and Faye and witness how they care so deeply about their land and forest. I was very impressed with the sheer volume and effort that they have put into their property which has created the increased forest values, huge recreational potential and unique livestock family farm.”
Hailing from Abercrombie, Karl realized the value of owning woodland at an early age. Shortly after purchasing his first woodland, he and his family produced Christmas trees and used the rest of the land primarily for recreation. More than 30 years ago, under the advice of past Woodland Owner of the Year Award winner, Tom Miller, Karl decided to put the woodland under management with the help of Dick Cotterill who was then the manager of West Pictou Forest Owners Co-op.
Last year, with the advice and guidance of forestry contractor Dave MacMillan, Karl updated his plan for his main woodland to be more representative of protecting forest health and restoring Acadian forest characteristics. The management plan was completed by Peter Burchell with the assistance of Nova Scotia Landowners and Forest Fibre Producers Association.
Karl believes owning woodland is one of the best investments one can make, and encourages woodland owners to get out and enjoy their land. One of the major benefits that he and his family have enjoyed over the years is using the property for recreational purposes.
Already having accomplished so much, the Crawford’s remain busy with maintaining their forests along with 21 head of highland cattle and seven llamas. Despite having some regrets about past management choices, they have a clear vision for their woodlands future. As Karl puts it, “forestry is such a long process; you can’t go back and re-do it, but you can learn from your experience.”
On Saturday, the Department of Natural Resources, in conjunction with Karl and Faye, is holding a public field day and tour. Visitors will have the opportunity to see and participate in horse logging; portable sawmill; snowmobiles, ATVs, and trailers; wildlife issues; wildfire prevention and suppression; conservation law enforcement; Protected Areas of Nova Scotia; ecological forest management; wood furniture design and creation; tree carving; geology; Ducks Unlimited display; small scale woodland equipment; a variety of silviculture treatments; cultivating Christmas trees; forest insects and diseases; and various Pictou County organizations.
The location of the Crawford’s field day property is 873 Hardwood Hill Road, Scotsburn (GPS 0510569; 5058715).
For more information, call 902-893-5629, or visit: www.gov.ns.ca/natrwoodlot/woya.
Submitted by Don Cameron, RPF, Regional Forester, DNR