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Common Ground Events & Workshops

What is the Common Ground project?

A collaborative initiative between Community Forests International, The Ulnooweg Development Group, and The Nova Scotia Family Forest Centre, the Common Ground project seeks to mobilize citizen climate action in the rural Maritime region on the unceded territory of Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik peoples.

Over 80,000 rural forest owners in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island collectively manage over 4.2 million hectares (40%) of Canada’s critically endangered Wabanaki Forest. Together, we believe these citizen forest owners can achieve globally significant greenhouse gas reductions and locally significant climate adaptation outcomes.

We know that many family forest owners face several barriers to taking climate action. That’s why Common Ground is offering a range of events and workshops to increase access to knowledge, expert and community role models, and practical tools.

Upcoming Events

Technical Workshop: Climate-Adaptive Silviculture

Wednesday, 13th April | 10:00 am-3:00 pm
South Brookfield, Queens County

Megan De Graaf, Forest Program Director with CFI will lead the hands-on field day, aimed at working with forestry professionals to incorporate climate change predictions into silvicultural prescriptions.

Space is limited and registration is required by Friday, 1st April. For more information or to register for the event, please contact



Wabanaki Maple: Youth Tree Planting

Private event facilitated by Community Forests International.

Rescheduled to Spring, 2022





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Past Events

The Borer & The Basket: Film Screening
March 10, 2022 | Hosted by Community Forests International

Learn how an invasive pest is impacting a key tree species, Indigenous traditional practices, and our shared forest ecosystem.

Climate-focused forest management: Evaluating stand risk & identifying prescriptions.
February 17, 2022 | Hosted by UNB’s Atlantic Forest Research Collaborative
Principal factors to consider when evaluating a forest stand for intervention for increased climate resilience and increased carbon storage capacity.

The Future Forest Reimagined: Identifying and Implementing Management Strategies
January 21, 2022 | Facilitated by CDR Associates
Stakeholders from Indigenous groups, Canada, and the U.S. develop a shared plan for accelerating the protection and stewardship of a resilient forested landscape across the Northern Appalachian-Acadian (NAPA) ecoregion of Canada and the United States.

​Managing Forests for Climate Change Resilience: A Forest Walk
Tuesday, November 2nd, 2021
Sackville, NB

Prest Woodlot Tour
Hosted by N.S. Family Forest Centre.
Saturday, September 25th, 2021
Mooseland, NS (Halifax County)

Technical Workshop: Climate-Adaptive Silviculture
Hosted by N.S. Family Forest Centre.
Led by Community Forests International’s Forests Program Director, Megan de Graaf.
Friday, September 24th, 2021
Otter Ponds Demonstration Forest (Mooseland, Halifax County, NS)

Munro Woodland Walk & Tour
Hosted by Family Forests Partners.
Saturday, September 18th, 2021
1771 Brow Mountain Road, Viewmount, NS

Paupin Woodlot Tour
Hosted by N.S. Family Forest Centre.
Saturday, August 28th, 2021
Shinimicas, NS (Cumberland County)

Miller Woodlot Tour
Hosted by N.S. Family Forest Centre.
Saturday, August 21st, 2021
Greenhill, NS (Pictou County)


With Thanks

The Common Ground project is supported by the Canadian Climate Action and Awareness Fund, The Catherine Donnelly Foundation, RBC Foundation, and The Chawkers Foundation.