International Day of Forests 2017
Bad forest management and practices affect us
That's why last fall Green Party leader David Coon, MLA for Fredericton South, pushed forward the principles of a new Forest Sustainability Act in the Legislative Assembly. These principles would benefit not just a few but all New Brunswickers, and would respect our treaty relationships with indigenous peoples.
A diverse forest can keep water clean and wildlife plentiful, create forest-related jobs and best cope with consequences from a changing climate. Current unscientific and unsustainable harvesting practices cannot continue, David says. We are massively subsidizing the forest industry, and getting little in return.
Greens want to:
Restore the status of private woodlots as the primary source of wood supply to mills.
Replace the Crown Lands and Forests Act with a Crown Land and Forest Sustainability Act. The Act would create a new management structure that respects our treaty relationship with First Nations.
Work with forest-based communities, linking access to forest resources to local regions while protecting water, fish, and wildlife.
Implement a plan to protect and restore Acadian forest biodiversity, ending logging in any remaining old growth forest.
Provide for the creation of community Forest licenses, as has been done in BC, adjacent to and within municipalities and First nations.
Stop tax-payer funded glyphosate spraying on NB crown land forests ($2.2M/year), and a return to employing silviculture workers to do the thinning on soft-wood plantations.