Industry Insider Newsletter - August 2019
Clarity on Clear-cuts
A recent CBC segment reporting on visitor complaints regarding visible forestry activities, specifically clear-cutting outside of the Mount Carlton Provincial park boundaries, has drawn comments from several sources.
Forest NB, contrary to a social media statement by Green Party leader David Coon, suggested that this viewpoint, which is arguably the highest and farthest reaching in the province, presents a good opportunity to inform visitors on why and how clear-cuts form one of several aspects of sustainable forest management.
 "Our forests are unique and require management that addresses that uniqueness,” states Mike Legere, FNB executive director.
“Its unfortunate that Mr Coon has resorted to the ridiculous in suggesting that the forest sector desires to show off clear-cuts to tourists.“If Mr Coon held more concern for the opinion of forest sector workers in New Brunswick and less for 'scandalized European tourists' that visit Mount Carleton, than he would try to better inform himself on the application of clear-cut harvests in our forests which fortunately do not resemble the biodiversity lacking, intensely managed Scandinavian forests which 16 years ago he criticized before the select committee on wood supply but now seems to endorse.” 

Great Learning Experience on Teachers' Tour
For the 19th year, Atlantic teachers got to see live operations and learn about forest management and it's many spheres. The participants were amazed at how intensely the sector is regulated. Cutting a tree is not a game of chance, everything is calculated, land soil, wildlife conservation, future needs and so much more.

The teachers visited a private wood lot and learned the different uses for the land such as tapping for maple syrup, harvesting wood and wildlife conservation.

The agenda also included learning about massive timber and wood innovations.
The learning experience was sponsored by forest companies fromAtlantic provinces. Forestry has been known to not tell it's story well.

The Atlantic teachers' tour was developed to provide information about the forest environment and its every day use, with plenty of resources to take back to classrooms.
Wood Matters Blog

Read Forest NB's monthly opinion piece " On Vaccination and Forestry".


Patients in a hospital built with wood get healthier faster than in hospitals built with other material .
Another great reason to build with wood.


There are some concerns about herbicides being used in forest management. Yet, Health Canada has determined that there is no health concern associated with eating berries (e.g. blueberries, raspberries) sprayed during forestry applications. This applies to large quantities of berries eaten at one time, or smaller amounts over a longer period of time.

Herbicides are used to temporarily stop growth of low and tall shrub, broad leaf vegetation, herbacious species and some tree vegetation in order to allow conifers to grow. 

  • An area is sprayed 1-2 times in a 40 to 80 year growth cycle.
  • 1,7 % of NB forest are harvested annually.
  • 75% of harvested forest are naturally regenerated.

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