The NSLFFPA started in eastern Nova Scotia as the Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners Association in 1967 and changed its name to the Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners and Operators Association (NSWOOA) to meet a legal requirement for collective bargaining with pulp and paper mills.
Resistance to collective bargaining primarily in the western half of the province resulted in eastern members breaking away in 1979 to become a certified bargaining agent and in 1981 to negotiate their first collective agreement with Stora Koppaberg at Port Hawkesbury as the Nova Scotia Landowners and Forest Fibre Producers  Association.
As wood prices and conditions of sale improved, members began protecting the value of their woodlots as national pioneers in forest management. They introduced a forest sustainability program in eastern Nova Scotia in 1997, which became a provincial regulation, and in 2006 became a Forest Stewardship Council® group certificate holder.

The Association set up the Association for Sustainable Forestry as a representative landowner/industry body, and drafted a new constitution and by laws to make the Federation of Nova Scotia Woodland Owners more democratic and representative. The Association has been an industry change-agent and maker of forest laws in the interest of woodlot owners and the environment for decades.


The Association is providing advice to a Canadian Council of Forest Ministers working group developing a framework for Climate Change Adaptation. It is also investigating carbon tracking and balance for future markets.





The Pioneers


The following are a collection of articles that give some idea of the long, and interesting history of theDoug McKeen, Past President Association.


Then ... And Now

Woodlots Sprucing Up