GREEN FORESTRY AND POLICIES

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:
  1. restrict the use of clearcutting as a harvesting method among other measures,
  2. develop a plan for the restoration of the Acadian forest biodiversity,
  3. prohibit logging in all remaining old growth Acadian forest, and
  4. 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.

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Our Principles

> Non-Violence

A culture of cooperation, caring and understanding is essential to ending violence in our society. Rehabilitation rather than vengeance must be the goal of our justice system.

> Self-Determination and Citizenship

We must have the opportunity and the responsibility as citizens to contribute to the common good, which requires that all have the capacity to participate in community life.

> Social Justice and Equality

Everyone must have equal access to the necessities of life and be treated with dignity and respect. Treaties with First Nations must be honoured.

> Participatory Democracy

We must be able to participate in decisions that affect our lives and be guaranteed that our votes are reflected in the make-up of the Legislative Assembly.

> Local Self-Reliance

Our communities should be in control of their own destinies, supported by strong local economies, and sustained by local sources of food and renewable energy.

> Living within Our Ecological Means

We must live within the ecological limits of the Earth, while meeting our needs without threatening our children's future or the survival of other species.

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