Even though the forest industry’s share of New Brunswick’s GDP has been declining for decades – accounting for only five per cent and about 12,000 direct jobs today – forests are a motherhood issue within the province. As noted in part 1 of this series, the provincial government actually spends more on forest management than it earns from royalties garnered from this sector.
J.D. Irving controls almost 4.4 million acres of combined Crown and its own forests (or about 25 per cent of the province’s entire land mass). They also own three paper mills and eight sawmills.