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#1 browning

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 07:40 PM

The Department of Natural Resources heard from 60 people in Fredericton on Tuesday night about a proposal to increase protection for wilderness areas in the province.
Over the next week, the Department of Natural Resources will be holding open houses in Edmundston, Bathurst, Blackville and Richibucto to display maps of locations being considered for permanent bans on tree harvesting or development and to get public input.
The department has identified 190 candidate sites, totalling 143,000 hectares. The provincial government expects about 122,000 hectares will be designated Protected Natural Areas, which would double the amount of forested Crown land under permanent protection to eight per cent.
Posted ImageThe Department of Natural Resources has chosen 190 candidate sites for the Protected Natural Areas designation. (Department of Natural Resources)
The proposed areas fall within already designated conservation forest areas, but that gives a lesser level of protection. These smaller areas will be completely protected, officials have said.
Blake Brunsden, the chief forester for J.D. Irving Ltd., said his company has no problem with the provincial government’s plan as long as the wider conservation areas themselves don't grow.
“We've supported, in the conservation zone, having more areas that are outright protected. We're not fans of having more forest taken out of the use of forest management,” he said.
The views of the province's largest forest company ran counter to some people at the public meeting.
Roberta Clowater, an official with the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, said the areas identified by the provincial government as potential areas to protect is a good start.

'Most of them are too small, too far apart, and not enough to really do the job of protecting our wilderness heritage.'—Roberta Clowater, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society

But Clowater said the provincial government should protect more Crown land in the future.
“Most of them are too small, too far apart, and not enough to really do the job of protecting our wilderness heritage,” she said.
“But they're all very high-quality sites, the ones they have identified.”
New Brunswick currently ranks second last in the country for protecting its wilderness. Nova Scotia, for example, currently protects 12 per cent of forested areas.
The provincial government is accepting feedback until Nov. 15 before it decides which four per cent of the forest to protect.
William Clark and Kathryne Crocco, who are members of the Skiff Lake Cottage Owners Association, attended the session on Tuesday night to make sure their cottage areas are protected.
"Two sides of the lake are hills, and if they're cut, the question is whether they're going to drain into the lake. We're a contained lake, spring fed, and we don't want that to happen. Any silt will kill the lake,” Clark saidShare Tools
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#2 Elk_Hunter_4Ever

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 07:58 PM

good, for New Brunswick.
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#3 mmoore

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 09:14 AM

Great news! Have to start somewhere, a step in the right direction!

"We're not fans of having more forest taken out of the use of forest management,” AHAHAHAHAHAHAHaha That quote really made me laugh out loud. "forest management" ?!?!?!?!?! Don't they mean clear cutting?
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Posted 19 October 2012 - 06:27 PM

Don't get me started on that! In Miramichi, the strandboard mill reoppened and to refill the millyard with new wood left unbelievable moonscape behind. Buffer zones?? What's that? They haven't even made a board yet and I don't know where the rest of the wood's gonna come from. Good bye Miramichi Deer yards... Bruce Northrup can't help you, you're not on 'the map'. I once thought Deer wintering areas had some inherent protections or so was the lip service paid to us by previous governments. This not the case, not for Miramichi, not for any place. The citizens of the Riley Brook area had to rally and provide petition to SLOW, not stop, SLOW the raping of the vaunted Blue Mountains deer yard... The compromise: "Don't worry, we won't cut it ALL....we'll just Strip cut it. Gee thanks... The deer'll be just fine in the frigid wind inside their 100 foot deep strip!!!!
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