About UsAthol Forestry Cooperative Limited

Athol Forestry Cooperative Limited was established in 1977 as a co-operative of private woodlot owners in northwestern Nova Scotia. Athol employs a staff of dedicated professionals who work on behalf of the members to manage and develop their woodland. With more than 225 members, Athol Forestry manages in excess of 20,000 ha (50,000 acres) of privately-owned forested land.

The cooperative provides a wide array of forestry services to landowners, including woodlot management plans and forest improvement treatments (planting, thinning, harvesting, etc.) based upon the landowner’s values and goals. Athol Forestry provides consulting services to both members and non-members such as forest evaluation, wood marketing, re-establishing boundary lines and measurement.

Our outlet retail store located in our office building, caters to those who work and play outside. We provide forestry and safety supplies, HDPE culverts, clothing and footwear. We offer quality products from manufactures such as Royer, Dunlop, Helly Hansen, Dickies, Pioneer, Viking, Husqvarna and more.

Athol Forestry offers a scholarship to graduating students from any of the schools within its service area. Click on the link to the application, on our “Scholarship” page to read more about it.

Athol Forestry Cooperative Limited

Call Athol today to apply for membership and let us, help you, achieve your woodlot goals


Bev Estabrooks

Bev joined Athol in July 2019. New to the forestry industry, she’s enjoying her new found knowledge. Helping people is Bev’s great joy. In her spare time, Bev enjoys painting, crafts, reading mystery novels, and playing cards with family and friends.

Craig Tupper

Craig graduated from U.N.B. in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry. He joined Athol in 2009 and oversees all forest operations. Craig enjoys taking care of his own woodlot, being outdoors, woodworking, and Jeeps.

Heather Kinnear

With 15+ years of bookkeeping and office management experience Heather became an entrepreneur and started her own bookkeeping business. She joined Athol Forestry in July 2015 as Financial Administrator. Heather enjoys knitting and reading and spending time with her family. During the summer months you will find her camping on the river’s edge.

Ian Ripley

General Manager

Ian joined Athol in 2011 as General Manager. Ian brings a wide variety of knowledge to Athol from mechanical engineering to sales, as well as personal experience with his own woodlot. Ian has avid interests in hunting, fishing, trapping and spending time with his family.

Tara Dix

Tara graduated from Maritime College of Forest Technology in 2017 and joined Athol in 2019. She is responsible for woodlot management plans, pre- and post-assessments, and assisting Silviculture Operations. Tara’s passions are canine behaviour, and spending quality time with family.