GREEN FORESTRY AND POLICIES
A Green government would reclaim our public forest to benefit communities; both human and non-human. To this end, a Green government would overhaul the Crown Lands and Forests Act to achieve the following:
- protect and restore the integrity and resilience of our forest, wetland and freshwater ecosystems by the following measures:
- restrict the use of clearcutting as a harvesting method among other measures,
- develop a plan for the restoration of the Acadian forest biodiversity,
- prohibit logging in all remaining old growth Acadian forest, and
- prohibit the removal of slash from the forest floor for wood energy production to ensure a supply of nutrients to forest soils;
- reform Crown land tenure to establish community forests to be administered and managed by municipalities, First Nations, and not-for-profit or cooperative community forest organizations;
- recognize forest-adjacent communities as the primary beneficiaries of the wealth created through the allocation and utilization of public forest resources;
- respect aboriginal and treaty rights;
- re-establish the wood marketing boards as the primary source of wood supply to mills;
- support the program of the Community Forestry Alliance as a body representative of the community forest constituency, providing equal access to government support and policy development processes as the New Brunswick Wood Products Association and the New Brunswick Federation of Woodlot Owners;
- end the “revolving door” phenomenon of industry managers assuming management positions in the Department of Natural Resources and vice versa by requiring a waiting period before assuming such positions.
Further, a Green government would prohibit field-testing and adoption of genetically modified trees.