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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-Acadian 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

The Future Forest Reimagined: Identifying and Implementing Management Strategies
January 21, 2022 | Online
Facilitated by CDR Associates, this 5-day event brings together stakeholders from Indigenous groups, Canada, and the U.S. to 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.

Registration is required and can be done here.

Wabanaki Maple: Youth Tree Planting 
Private event facilitated by Community Forests International.
Rescheduled to Spring, 2022

Past Events

​Miller Woodlot Tour
Hosted by N.S. Family Forest Centre.
Saturday, August 21st, 2021
– Morning session (9:00am-1:00pm)
– Afternoon session (12:00-4:00pm)
Greenhill, NS (Pictou County)

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

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

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)

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

Managing Forests for Climate Change Resilience: A Forest Walk
Tuesday, November 2nd, 2021
12:00pm – 1:30pm
Sackville, NB