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Posted 27 July 2011 - 12:06 PM

Give this a read ladies and gentlemen. It is vital that people contact the conversation council if you want to add your name to the petition! If interested they'll email you a copy of the petition which can be mailed back to them. The CCNB would like to
present it to the Legislature in the fall and the Legislative Assembly will not accept online signatures:

CCNB 180
St John St.
Fredericton, NB
E3B 4A9

Tracy Glynn, 458-8747, [email protected] / David Coon, 458-8747, [email protected]


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CCNB Action Media Release July 27, 2011

New Brunswickers call for ban on herbicide spraying of the public forest

Fredericton - Newspapers all over New Brunswick carried notices last Saturday announcing that 15,000 hectares of public forest will be sprayed in the coming weeks with herbicides to poison hardwood trees and shrubs growing in softwood plantations.

"Today, CCNB Action is announcing that 4,000 New Brunswickers have signed a petition to say no to spraying our forests. The petitions will be tabled in the Legislative Assembly during its fall sitting," says Tracy Glynn, CCNB Action's Forest Campaigner.

Over the years, old spruce and fir stands and beautiful maple and birch ridges have been clearcut, doused with herbicides and replaced with tree farms. "The diversity of our forest has suffered badly. The abundance of sugar maple, red oak, yellow birch and beech have all declined in our forests. Herbicides kill broad leaf trees, shrubs and grasses destroying the food source and habitats of many forest dependent species," says David Coon, CCNB Action's Executive Director.

The most commonly sprayed herbicide, glyphosate <http://www.conservat...te-English.pdf>, is currently under review by Health Canada. This re-evaluation is the result of a large and growing number of scientific studies that have reported toxic effects of glyphosate and associated adjuvants in a wide range of species including humans. Given this, CCNB believes that a precautionary approach to its application should be considered. The Canadian review is expected to conclude in 2014.

Roger Babin of Public for the Protection of the Forest based in Acadieville joined CCNB Action in initiating the herbicide petition when the former government under Shawn Graham announced its intent to triple the area of public forest that would be converted from naturally growing forest to plantations, necessitating a massive expansion of herbicide spraying. "Many New Brunswickers are shocked when they learn that we pay the companies to plant and spray our public lands, which according to Natural Resources Canada, can exceed $1,000/ha," says Roger Babin.

"If the new provincial government forges ahead with former Premier Graham’s plan, at $1,000 per hectare, New Brunswickers will have to shell out over $600 million to the pulp and paper companies over the next 50 years to convert vast swaths of our natural forest to artificial plantations and spray these with herbicides if the plan to convert 28% of our forest to plantations goes ahead in the next 50 years," says Glynn.

New Brunswick stands alone in paying for the chemical spraying of its public forest. Nova Scotia recently announced that they will no longer fund herbicide spraying of their forest and will reduce clearcutting to 50%. Last September, P.E.I. announced it will pursue Forest Stewardship Council certification for all of its public forest; this would mean banning herbicide spraying. Quebec banned herbicide spraying of its public forest in 2001. New Brunswick has been spraying herbicides since the 1970’s when it first permitted pulp and paper companies to clearcut natural forest and replace it with artificial plantations. Spraying usually occurs one to two years after a plantation has been established. Herbicides are sprayed once or twice over plantations to poison hardwood trees and shrubs that compete with the planted softwood trees for space and nutrients. Spraying occurs each year in August and September and lasts about 40 days.

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Factsheet about glyphosates: http://www.conservat...ate-English.pdf

Tracy Glynn, 458-8747, [email protected] / David Coon, 458-8747, [email protected]

Roger Babin, Public for the Protection of the Forest, [email protected]



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Communiqué d'Action CCNB

Le 27 Juillet 2011 Les NéoBrunswickois demandent que l’on interdise la pulvérisation d’herbicide sur les forêts publiques

Fredericton - Les journaux de toutes les régions du Nouveau-Brunswick ont publié un avis samedi dernier que l’on pulvériserait des herbicides sur 15 000 hectares de forêt publique durant les prochaines semaines afin d’empoisonner les arbres de bois dur et le sous-bois qui poussent dans les plantations de bois mou.

« Aujourd’hui, Action CCNB annonce que 4 000 NéoBrunswickois ont signé la pétition demandant que l’on interdise les pulvérisations d’herbicide sur nos forêts. Les pétitions seront déposées à l’Assemblée législative durant sa session d’automne, » affirme Tracy Glynn, directrice de la campagne pour la forêt acadienne d'Action CCNB.

Au cours des années, les vieux peuplements d’épinettes et de sapins, les magnifiques érables et les crêtes de bouleau ont été coupés à blanc, ont été aspergés par des herbicides et remplacés par des plantations d’arbres. « La diversité de nos forêts en a souffert sérieusement. L’abondance d’érables à sucre, de chênes rouges, de bouleaux jaunes et de hêtres a diminué dans nos forêts. Les herbicides tuent les feuillus, les sous-bois et les graminées et détruisent ainsi les sources de nourriture et les habitats de plusieurs espèces qui dépendent de la forêt, » souligne David Coon, coordonnateur général d’Action CCNB.

Le glyphosate <http://www.conservat...ate-French.pdf> est l’herbicide le plus souvent utilisé mais celui-ci est actuellement passé en revue par Santé Canada. Cette réévaluation est le résultat d’un grand nombre croissant d’études scientifiques qui ont rapporté les effets toxiques du glyphosate et des adjuvants associés chez plusieurs espèces, dont les humains. C’est pourquoi le CCNB croit qu’une approche de précaution à leur pulvérisation doit être considérée. La revue canadienne est censée arriver à ses conclusions en 2014.

La pétition pour bannir l’épandage des herbicides a été initiée par Action CCNB et Roger Babin avec Public pour la protection des forêts du N.-B dans Acadieville lorsque l’ancienne administration Graham avait annoncé son intention de tripler la surface des forêts publiques naturelles transformée en plantation, ce qui nécessite une expansion massive des épandages d’herbicides. « Plusieurs NéoBrunswickois ont été scandalisés d’apprendre que nous payons les compagnies pour planter et pulvériser des herbicides sur nos terres publiques des sommes s’élevant à plus de 1 000 $ par hectare selon Ressources Naturelles Canada, » affirme Roger Babin.

« Si la nouvelle administration provinciale allait de l’avant avec l’ancien plan Graham à 1 000 $ par hectare, les NéoBrunswickois devraient débourser plus de 600 millions de dollars au cours des prochains cinquante ans pour convertir de vastes bandes de nos forêts naturelles en plantations artificielles pulvérisées avec des herbicides si le plan de convertir 28 % de nos forêts en plantation allait de l’avant durant les 50 prochaines années, » ajoute Glynn.

Le Nouveau-Brunswick est à part. La Nouvelle-Écosse a récemment annoncé qu’elle ne financerait plus les pulvérisations d’herbicides sur ses forêts et qu’elle réduirait ses coupes à blanc de moitié. En septembre dernier, l’Î.-P.-É annonçait qu’elle rechercherait la certification du FSC pour toutes ses terres publiques; ce qui signifie qu’elle interdira les pulvérisations d’herbicide. De son côté, le Québec a interdit la pulvérisation d’herbicides sur toutes ses forêts publiques en 2001.

Le Nouveau-Brunswick a pulvérisé des herbicides sur ses forêts depuis 1970 quand il a permis aux papetières de couper à blanc ses forêts naturelles et de les remplacer par des plantations artificielles. Les pulvérisations ont lieu une ou deux années après les plantations. Les herbicides sont pulvérisés une ou deux fois pour empoisonner les arbres de bois dur et les sous-bois qui entrent en compétition pour l’espace et les nutriments avec les bois mous plantés. Les épandages surviennent chaque année en aout et en septembre et durent environ 40 jours.

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Tout ce que vous devriez savour sur glyphosate : http://www.conservat...sate-French.pdf

Tracy Glynn, 458-8747, [email protected], David Coon, 458-8747, [email protected]

Roger Babin, Public pour la protection des forêts du N.-B, [email protected]
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Posted 27 July 2011 - 06:02 PM

I called and left a number. I will definitely sign my name to ban spraying on crown land. I'll even pass the petition around to others.

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 08:39 PM

Sent you an email BuckNut
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Posted 28 July 2011 - 10:18 AM

email sent. This is a major, major issue that affects hunters dearly.
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Posted 28 July 2011 - 05:43 PM

Was in Freddy today. Heard about it on the radio! Way to go guys! The missus and I will be signing the petition! ;)
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Posted 28 July 2011 - 08:07 PM

I will be signing this on Tuesday (back from vacation). I encourage anybody who cares about whitetail hunting in NB to sign the petition and get as many friends and family to sign the petition.
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Posted 29 July 2011 - 08:00 AM

Sent an email to them requesting the petition today. I will get as many people as I can to sign it for sure.
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Posted 29 July 2011 - 08:36 AM

You have my support.

Actually, I had a meeting with the Minister of Natural Resources on Monday.
This was a part of what we talked about. As some of you may know, I am part of a group trying to bring back the Wild Turkey to Newbrunswick.
This cause will fit into what we are doing!

Keep up the good work!
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Posted 29 July 2011 - 10:32 AM

I managed 20 signatures yesterday.. really too easy.
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Posted 29 July 2011 - 12:21 PM

Were's the link to the petition if you want people to sign this?
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