This week, the Standing Committee on Climate Change and Environmental Stewardship held hearings to discuss pesticide and herbicide use in New Brunswick. NBEN member groups Conservation Council of New Brunswick, Stop Spraying in NB, and Écovie were among the long list of presenters, along with NBEN collaborator and Université de Moncton researcher Dr. Céline Surette.

About 13,000 hectares of Crown forest are sprayed each year in New Brunswick. Spraying is typically done by helicopter for about 40 days from August to September to kill hardwoods and other plants which compete with seedlings. Spraying covers roughly 25 per cent of the softwood land cut each year.

  • Click HERE to hear what Lois Corbett had to say and to use the Conservation Council of N.B.'s letter writing tool.
  • Click HERE to watch the powerful testimonial by Francine Levesque from Écovie.
  • Click HERE to visit Stop Spraying in N.B.'s Facebook page and HERE to see Caroline Lubbe-D'Arcy's presentation.
  • Click HERE to check out Dr. Surette's powerpoint presentation.
  • Click HERE to read about the New Brunswick National Farmers Union's piece.
  • Click HERE to read about the presentation from the only Indigenous witness, Steve Ginnish, director of forestry for Eel Ground-based Mi'gmawe'l Tplu'taqnn Inc.

CCNB has a media roundup which you can access HERE.

On behalf of three members of its Spraying Caucus, a letter was submitted to the Standing Committee on Friday, June 25th. To view this letter, click HERE.

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