2006 Woodlot Owner of the Year
The North Shore Forest Products Marketing Board recently presented Réal Duguay of Lamèque with its 2006 Woodlot Owner of the Year award.
Mr. Duguay purchased his first woodlot in 1980. It was only a few years after that that he began doing sylviculture work on his land, which encompasses 60 hectares (150 acres) in the Lamèque region.
Since taking a course entitled "Around Your Woodlot" in 1999, Mr. Duguay has performed numerous sylviculture activities on his properties. Among these activities we find semi-commercial thinning, non-merchandable thinning, and gardening cuts on the majority of his lots. In fact, Mr. Duguay has continually worked his woodlots every year since purchasing them. And, by taking a course entitled Sustainable Forestry Initiative to have his woodlots certified, he is ensuring sustainable management of them all, a real example of a devoted woodlot owner.
More than adequate, the work Mr. Duguay has performed over the past several years serves as a model of what is a healthy and prosperous woodlot. Therefore, the title of 2006 Woodlot Owner of the Year is one that is richly deserved.