OUR COMPANY. OUR OBJECTIVES. OUR VALUES.

Welcome to WestFor Management Inc.

WestFor was established in 2016 by the Provincial Government to increase the efficiency of forest management on Crown Land in Nova Scotia. We assist 13 mills in their day to day operations while also assisting the government, the people, and the forests. Our goal is to practice sustainable forestry that benefits future generations to come, both environmentally and economically.

At WestFor we strive to find the midway point of economy and environment. Forestry generates 2 billion dollars into Nova Scotia’s economy each year and on crown land we only harvest 0.6% of the forest annually!

We support rural communities that rely heavily on forestry. The forestry industry in the province of Nova Scotia directly employs 6,100 people and indirectly employees 5,400 people which in total helps those 11,500 individuals and their loved ones.

Whether it’s the paper you send your office memos out on, the toilet paper you stock your bathrooms with, or the building you are in, your business needs forestry!

When managing land, it is up to the land owner to decide how that area will be treated. For a private woodlot owner, it is normally one individual whose objectives need to be met. As a group that manages land for the government, the people, and the trees, there are multiple values that need to be met. We do our best to meet the social, environmental, and economic values of Crown land. We do this by partnering with many different organizations and having a wide variety of key stakeholders and board members.

We try to meet our SOCIAL VALUES by maintaining logging roads for ATVs, fishing and hunting access, and for the enjoyment of the general public. We also try to help others benefit from the land, for example, by helping clear portage routes from the 1910’s or by building an outdoor classroom to help further children’s education.

We try to meet the ENVIRONMENTAL VALUES by practicing sustainable forestry and changing treatments over time to better the land for healthy water quality and wildlife. We also have teamed up with other groups and individuals on different projects to help better our understanding and evolve our forest practices.

We try to meet our ECONOMIC VALUES by harvesting Crown land to produce revenue into the province as well as supporting many communities with direct employment and products every Nova Scotian uses on a daily basis.

Practicing sustainable forestry is one of our main management objectives. As stewards of the land, it is important to us that the forests we manage continue to be a renewable resource for future generations to come.

See our harvesting areas.

The species at risk (SAR) list is continuously growing due to global warming, industrialization, and development. At WestFor we try to manage the crown lands in ways that benefit, not only species at risk, but all wildlife more than the forestry industry used too.

Some ways we are doing this are through treatment changes for better connectivity, informed staff & contractors, and proper pre-planning.

Lastly, we follow all the governments Special Management Practices (SMP) to make sure that wildlife and their habitat are being cared for.

We are always trying to better our forest practices for species at risk and the best way to do that is to look at things from many different perspectives! So, if you have any ideas or projects that you think may help benefit a species at risk please feel free to contact communications@2706n.hosts.cx.

“No one cares more about the forests than the people who take care of it.”

–FOREST NS

Marcus Zwicker

Marcus Zwicker

General Manager

I reside in Bridgewater, NS with my wife Kate, sons Mason, Harrison and daughter Lucille. I am currently a Registered Professional Forester, private woodlot owner, and Christmas tree grower. My passion for forestry started at 10 years old when I began working in the forest industry with my father and grandfather. I worked with their contracting business and on their Christmas tree lot. Over the past 20 years or so, I have worked in the forests of Atlantic Canada for, but not limited to, Turner and Turner Lumber Ltd, Looke Cancut, JD Irving Ltd in various roles across NB and NS from 2006 until 2016 including mill manager and operations superintendent.

Education:
- Graduated from New Germany Rural High
School, 2001
- UNB BSc Forestry/Economics, 2006
- University of Western Ontario MBA, 2012

Keenan Sutherland

Keenan Sutherland

Geographic Information Systems

As a GIS professional working with a small forestry company like WestFor provides me with a lot of variety in what I’m working on; that includes everything from sizing a culvert to creating harvest plan maps for half the province.

Education:
- St. Mary’s University Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology (honours in Archaeological Predictive Modeling)
- Centre of Geographic Sciences Advanced diploma in GIS for business

Makyle McLellan

Makyle McLellan

Forest Operations Planner

Coming from New Brunswick, I was
surrounded by forestry from a young age.
I’ve always had a passion for the outdoors,
and this was only further fostered by my
participation in Scouts, which still is very
dear to my heart. With my heart set on
working in the forest industry, I attended
the Maritime College of Forest Technology.
This launched me into my career at WestFor. I am immensely proud to be apart of a company that takes sustainable forestry to heart. In my free time, I love mountain biking, photography, and being outdoors. Forestry is my passion, and I strive to manage the forest, so generations to come can enjoy it.

Education:
Maritime College of Forest Technology,
Diploma in Forest Technology

Maureen McKellar

Maureen McKellar

Accounts & Payroll Administrator

Prior to moving to Nova Scotia, I held a variety of progressive I.T. Management positions in the Education, Entertainment and Retail industries, in Boston and Toronto. Although I am new to Forestry, I have thoroughly enjoyed working in one of Nova Scotia’s mainstay industries, learning new skills and meeting an array of conscientious and hard working people. I consider myself fortunate to be working for such a responsible and sustainability-minded Forestry leader like WestFor.

Education:
- Liberal Arts Degree, Harvard University
- Extension School, Cambridge, MA. Masters
Certificate
- Project Management, York University
Schulich School of Business, Toronto, ON

Spencer Coulstring

Spencer Coulstring

Community Engagement Coordinator

After working on the West Coast as an environmental technician in natural resources I can say that I am very happy to be back on the East Coast where forestry is done right! Working for WestFor allows me to exercise my passion for sustainable and ecological forestry in so many different ways. I am lucky to work and partner with, as well as learn from, so many amazing people in Natural Resources.

Education: Mount Saint Vincent University (major in Biology, minor in Public Relations & Communications)

Ian Currie

Ian Currie

Operations Supervisor

Growing up in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, I have had a great love and respect for the forest and outdoors my whole life hunting, fishing and hiking many remote areas of this beautiful province. This has made it important to me to build a sustainable forest for many generations to come. This core value took me to MCFT in Fredericton, New Brunswick to study as a Forest Technician. After graduation i took a job as a forest engineer in British Columbia for five years, where i was able to refine my skills as a forest technician. Moving home to the east coast i was blessed to work in the Nova Scotia forestry industry as a operations supervisor where I was able to implement my knowledge of sustainable, and responsible forestry practices throughout the sector. Once again, I consider myself fortunate to be working for such a responsible and sustainably-minded forestry leader like Westfor that shares my same core values and keeps me working in Nova Scotia.

Education: Maritime College of Forest Technology, Diploma in Forest Technology

Jacob Dillon

Jacob Dillon

Road Construction Supervisor

Originally from New Brunswick I grew up around forestry, as I am a second-generation forester. From an early age I loved the outdoors and knew that I wanted to work where I was happy, in the woods. I started my education in forestry in 2015 which increased my drive to work in the forest industry. Following a few different jobs from the west to the east coast I am very happy to be working for a great company like WestFor. Outside of work I like to spend my time outdoors fishing, hunting, biking and four-wheeling. I am excited to work with a great team and company with high values of forest sustainability.

Education: Maritime College of Forest Technology, Diploma in Forest Technology
University of New Brunswick, BSc Forestry

Kyle Mosher

Kyle Mosher

Forest Technician

Being born and raised in Nova Scotia, I grew up with a love of the forest and outdoors. Following my passion for the forest led me to attend the Maritime College of Forest Technology and join the industry. After working in British Columbia for almost two years as a Forest Engineer, I was ready to come home and join the Nova Scotia forestry industry. Working for WestFor allows me to exercise my passion of working in the woods with a company that truly cares about the forest and sustainable forest practices. I am thrilled to be working in my home province, with a great company.

Education:
Maritime College of Forest Technology,
Diploma in Forest Technology

Maddy Murray

Maddy Murray

Silviculture Summer Student

My childhood was composed of fishing, hunting, camping, four wheeling and snowmobiling around Southern, NB. I didn’t grow to love the outdoors, it was embedded in me which is why I love working in Forestry. I am a fourth year Forestry Student at the University of New Brunswick and post-graduation my goal is to become a Registered Professional Forestry and to work Industry. Working for Westfor is giving me the opportunity to enhance my knowledge of the Forestry industry in Nova Scotia and to grow my Forestry Experience. I am very thankful for the great people and experiences that Westfor has given me.

Education: University of New Brunswick, Bachelor of Science in Forestry

Connor O’Brien

Connor O’Brien

Forest Operations Supervisor

My passion for forestry was fueled at a young age through my love for the outdoors. Through my experiences in the forest industry I’ve been able to explore some of the most incredible parts of our country from the east coast to the west coast, reinforcing my love for the outdoors. Having worked for a variety of large licensees across the country, I feel confident and grounded working in my home province with a confident and grounded group of professionals who share my love for the outdoors and my passion for good stewardship. What more can I say? I love my job.

Education:
Maritime College of Forest Technology,
Diploma in Forest Technology

Devon Wilkins

Devon Wilkins

Forest Operations Planner

My forestry career began 4 years ago, when I graduated from the Maritime College of Forest Technology, but my passion for the woods started long before then growing up. My grandfather has been a harvesting contractor in central Newfoundland for all of his life. Up until his mid-twenties my father worked alongside him. My father would tell many stories of working in the woods and this sparked an early interest in me for the woods. Through visiting my grandfather every summer I gained an early knowledge in forestry operations from the stump to local mills. Over those years I watched his harvesting sites grow back and flourish with new growth. When I graduated from school I started my own business doing silviculture, chainsaw work and forestry consulting in central Nova Scotia. I am fortunate to have started with WestFor and over the past years have watched the company grow with a skilled and hardworking group of people that I am proud to have as work colleagues.

Education:
Maritime College of Forest Technology,
Diploma in Forest Technology