Stand up for New Brunswick’s old growth forests

Two years ago, the province of New Brunswick announced a 10-year Crown forest plan that was supposed to conserve a minimum amount of habitat for wildlife, and appropriate buffers along rivers and streams.

That plan is now being replaced by a new 10-year forest plan, which will take away more than one-quarter of the amount of our public land that used to be specially managed to conserve fish, wildlife habitat and protect our rivers. Instead, they are giving it over to increased logging, including clearcutting.

Update! CPAWS has serious concerns with recently released Crown Forest Management Agreementsthat the previous provincial government  signed with several forestry companies this past summer.  These agreements set out binding terms that reach at least 35 years into the future.  Especially concerning are the parts of the agreement where it appears the forestry companies will have control and veto power over what rules and standards they will have to meet on Crown land over the next several decades.This seems to remove the power of government to manage the public resources in a responsible way.

TAKE ACTION!

CPAWS is concerned that our forest ecosystem will not be able to sustain additional pressures from industry in the long run, and is urging the government to abandon this new plan.

Here’s what CPAWS is saying:

  • Reducing the amount of conservation forest puts entire ecosystems at unnecessary risk. Allowing more logging in old forest, steep slopes and other previously inoperable areas adds additional strain on forest ecosystems, and poses a threat to wildlife that depend on healthy forests for their survival, like marten, flying squirrels and barred owls. Overstressed forests are not as able to withstand the pressures that will come from climate change impacts, like new diseases, new insect outbreaks, or drought.
  • Other than the forest industry, stakeholders were not properly consulted on the development of the new plan. Any new plan adopted by the government should be developed with the input of the full array of stakeholders, including independent wildlife researchers, environmental groups, private woodlot owners, and First Nations.
  • The new 10-year plan goes against public priorities. The public, through the Select Committee on Wood Supply hearings in 2003 and through the largest survey ever done about public views on forests in New Brunswick (2008), supported focusing on conserving rivers, water, soil fertility, and wildlife first, and then allowing forest harvesting that is consistent with these priorities.
  • Instead of squeezing the life out of our conservation zones, government could look more seriously at ways to get additional wood from private woodlot owners, who have said they want to be more integrated into the forest economy. That way, we could support rural jobs and still protect the forest ecosystems that are so important to our province.
  • We are encouraging the new provincial government to act on their commitment to review the plan and open up a dialogue with First Nations, wildlife researchers, conservation organizations and private woodlot owners to get on a sustainable track - one that allows government to set the rules for forestry conservation, without giving companies a veto power.

Let the Minister of Natural Resources know what you think of this new plan by sending a short letter using the form below.

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