Use of Public Land against the Public’s Wishes

The provincial government will be deciding this month whether to go ahead with the previous government’s plan for public forest use and conservation.  The plan that was on the table would decrease the amount of forest that is managed specifically to conserve deer wintering habitat, old forests and stream bank buffer zones.

Based upon what we have learned from DNR, this could mean a reduction of as much as 25% (one quarter) of some of these habitats.  At the same time, the amount of plantations on public land would be more than doubled to 28% of Crown forest.

The Hon. Bruce Northrup, Minister of Natural Resources, announced he will re-examine the previous plan, and will announce a new forest plan In February.


New Brunswickers have Rejected this Before

The majority of the public told the Select Committee on Wood Supply in 2004 that they do not want fish and wildlife habitat to be sacrificed to increase wood supply.  The Select Committee rejected industry’s request to put a cap on conservation zones, and instead recommended that the amount of clear-cutting be reduced.

A 2007 survey of the New Brunswick public showed that the overwhelming majority of people surveyed place highest priority on the forest’s protection of fresh water, air and wildlife habitat (Public views on forest management in New Brunswick: Report from a provincial survey).

Both the Select Committee hearings and the survey of New Brunswickers showed that our citizens expect government to stand up for what the people want, and to work with the natural forest we have.

The public also expressed they want more say in how forests are managed.  Government has still not implemented any real public consultation strategy to involve the public in the public’s forest.


Will The Government Listen This Time?  We Think Yes.

We believe there is a real opening for New Brunswickers to speak up on behalf of our forests once again.  This is a new government, and the Minister said he wants to hear more from conservationists and First Nations.

  • -Please write a letter that tells government what is important to you about our forest, and what you expect government to do.
  • -Send your letter to: Bruce Northrup, Minister of Natural Resources, P.O. Box 6000, Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1, and a copy to your MLA.   We can provide a list of MLAs if you are not sure.
  • -Make a short version of your letter and send it as a letter to the editor to your local newspaper, or one of the daily newspapers.


More detailed information can be found on the following web sites: www.acadianforest.ca; www.cpawsnb.org.

Prepared by Crown Lands Network Steering Committee (CCNB Action, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society-NB Chapter, Meduxnekeag River Society, Nature NB, Public for the Protection of the Forests of NB)

** English follows**
Bonjour à tous, 
 
Comme certain d'entre vous le savent, la compagnie Castle Resourses est en train de décider s'ils vont continuer le processus d'évaluation environnementale ou encore retirer leur projet de mine d'or à ciel ouvert à Dauversière, dans le Nord-Est du Nouveau-Brunswick. 
 
On reçoit de bonnes nouvelles, comme quoi la compagnie songe sérieusement à retirer son projet (voir par exemple http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/atlantique/2012/01/10/001-incertitude-mine-dauversiere-nouveau-brunswick.shtml). On veut cependant s'assurer que le projet n'aille pas de l'avant, et c'est pourquoi nous lançons une campagne d'envoie de courriels à Castle Resources.
 
C'est simple et facile! Vous n'avez qu'à cliquer sur le lien ci-dessous:
http://www.soselmtree.org/ac.html, à entrer votre adresse courriel, et à mettre votre nom et adresse à la fin de la lettre. Un exemple de lettre vous est fourni, mais vous pouvez l'éditer pour y inclure un message plus personnel si vous le voulez.  
 
Si vous voulez plus d'information sur le projet, vous pouvez aussi parcourir le site www.soselmtree.org
 
N'hésitez pas à partager avec votre famille, vos amis, vos voisins, etc.!


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Hi all, 
 
As  some of you may know, Castle Resources will decide shortly if they follow with the environmental assesment process or if they withdraw their open pit gold mine projet in Dauversière, in northern New-Brunswick.
 
We've been getting good news, stating that the company is seriously considering to withdraw their project (see for example, *only in French* http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/atlantique/2012/01/10/001-incertitude-mine-dauversiere-nouveau-brunswick.shtml). We, however, want to make sure they don't go forward with the project, which is why we are starting a campaign of email-sending to Castle Resources. 
 
It's simple and easy! Just click on this link http://www.soselmtree.org/home.html, enter your email adress, and add your name and adress at the bottom of the letter! An example of a letter is provided, and you can edit it if you wish to send a more personal message.
 
If you need more information on the project, you can browse the www.soselmtree.org website.
 
Don't hesitate to share this with your family, friends, neighbours, etc.!

An important call of support for the Assembly of First Nation Chiefs around hydraulic fracturing is outlined below.

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The Assembly of First Nation Chiefs is calling for the federal government to investigate and take action to place a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in Canada until adequate information is obtained for free and informed consent from First Nations peoples.

Groups and individuals are bieng asked to either write a support letter or use the below form letter to support the Chiefs as well as send a carbon copy to the National Chief and the Premier of New Brunswick ( mailing address enclosed)
 
thank you
alma brooks
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December 11, 2011

Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2

E-mail: pm@pm.gc.ca

Attention: Prime Minister Stephen Harper

I am writing this letter in support of the Assembly of First Nation Chiefs of Canada in their request for a moratorium on hydraulic –fracturing for oil and gas,

On December 07, 2011; a special Assembly of First Nations Chiefs passed a resolution #24 that calls for the Federal government to investigate and take immediate action concerning the hydraulic fracturing by oil and gas companies in Canada.

 

Resolution #24

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Chiefs-in-Assembly:

1. Direct the Assembly of First Nations to call upon federal government to conduct, starting immediately, comprehensive and objective research, with guidance and oversight by First Nations, on the short and long-term impacts of hydraulic fracturing, including:

          a. The impacts on water resources with respect to the amount of water that is required for fracturing operations;

          b. The impacts to ground and surface water with respect to the chemicals used in fracturing operations, the contaminated water that is produced in fracturing operations and how the contaminated water is treated and stored;

          c. The impacts of fracturing operations on human health.

2. Direct the Assembly of First Nations to require the federal government to consult with First Nations across Canada on hydraulic fracturing operations, including providing First Nations with comprehensive information on hydraulic fracturing so First Nations are in a position to provide free, prior and informed consent to these operations.

3. Direct the Assembly of First Nations to seek resources from the federal government directly to First Nations and supportive organizations in Canada so they may educate their constituents on and consult with their constituents on hydraulic fracturing in order to be in a position to provide free, prior and informed consent to these operations.

4. Direct the Assembly of First Nations to request the federal government implement an immediate moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas until First Nations have the proper information on these operations, including the aforementioned research, and have given free, prior and informed consent to hydraulic fracturing operations.

Signature:

Date:

CC:

 

National Chief Shawn Atleo

Assembly of First Nations

Trebla Building
473 Albert Street
Suite 900
Ottawa, ON K1R 5B4

Premier David Alward

Province of New Brunswick
P.O. Box 6000
Fredericton, N.B.
Canada E3B 5H1

The Canadian Environmental Network is calling for action from the public. In order to keep it’s doors open, it is requesting help by donations.

Campagne de conservation des forêts publiques – automne 2011

Cet automne, le gouvernement provincial va décider s’il va poursuivre les plans d’utilisation et de conservation des terres publiques de l’ancien gouvernement. Le plan prévu réduisait la superficie de forêt gérée spécifiquement pour conserver les aires d’hivernage des chevreuils, les vieux peuplements et les zones tampons le long des cours d’eau.

Si l’on se fonde sur ce que nous avons appris du MRN, cela signifierait des réductions atteignant autant jusqu’à 25 % (un quart) de certains de ces habitats. Et en même temps, la superficie des plantations sur les terres publiques serait presque triplée, à 28 %.

Le nouveau ministre des Richesses naturelles a annoncé qu’il examinerait à nouveau l’ancien plan cet automne, et qu’il annoncerait un nouveau plan forestier après décembre.

Les Néobrunswickois ont déjà rejeté ce plan

Dès 2004, la majorité de la population a exprimé au comité spécial sur l’approvisionnement en bois qu’elle ne voulait pas que les habitats des poissons et de la faune soient sacrifiés pour accroitre l’approvisionnement en bois. Le comité spécial avait rejeté les demandes des entreprises et placé un plafond aux zones de conservation, et il avait recommandé plutôt que la superficie des coupes à blanc soit réduite.

En 2007, une enquête auprès de la population du Nouveau-Brunswick a démontré qu’une majorité écrasante des résidents accordait la priorité la plus élevée à la protection par les forêts des eaux potables, de l’atmosphère et des habitats de la faune (Opinions du public sur la gestion des forêts au Nouveau-Brunswick : rapport d’une enquête provinciale).

À la fois les audiences du comité spécial et l’enquête auprès des Néobrunswickois ont démontré que les citoyens et les citoyennes s’attendent que leur gouvernement se tienne debout pour ce que la population désire et qu’il travaille avec la forêt naturelle que nous avons.

La population a aussi exprimé qu’elle voudrait avoir plus de pouvoir sur la façon de gérer ses forêts. Le gouvernement n’a toujours pas mis en place une réelle stratégie de consultation de la population qui impliquerait le public dans la gestion des forêts publiques.

Est-ce que cette fois le gouvernement nous écoutera? Nous pensons que oui.

Nous croyons qu’il existe une véritable ouverture qui permettrait encore une fois aux Néobrunswickois de parler au nom des forêts. Nous avons un nouveau gouvernement et le ministre a dit qu’il souhaitait entendre encore les environnementalistes et les Premières nations.

Veuillez donc écrire une lettre pour dire au gouvernement ce qui vous importe dans nos forêts et ce que vous voulez que le gouvernement fasse.

Faites parvenir votre lettre à Bruce Northrup, ministre des Ressources naturelles, C. P. 6000, Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1, et faites en une copie pour votre député. Nous pouvons vous fournir une liste des députés si vous n’êtes pas certain de son adresse.

Préparez une courte version de votre lettre et faites-la parvenir au rédacteur de votre journal local, ou à celui d’un autre quotidien.

Si vous faites partie d’un groupe communautaire ou d’une ONG qui souhaiterait que quelqu’un d’entre nous parle à votre groupe concernant les forêts publiques ou réponde à vos questions (informez-nous des questions en nous fournissant les détails), veuillez nous contacter par les moyens décrits ci-dessous.

Pour plus de renseignements, veuillez contacter forest@ccnbaction.ca D’autres informations détaillées peuvent être trouvées aux sites Web suivants : www.acadianforest.ca; www.cpawsnb.org.

Préparé par le comité directeur du Réseau des terres de la Couronne composé de représentants des organisations suivantes (CCNB Action, Société pour la nature et les parcs du Canada – section NB, Meduxnekeag River Society, Nature NB, Citoyens pour la protection des forêts du NB).

Public Forest Conservation Campaign – Fall 2011

The provincial government will be deciding this fall whether to go ahead with the previous government’s plan for public forest use and conservation. The plan that was on the table would decrease the amount of forest that is managed specifically to conserve deer wintering habitat, old forests and stream bank buffer zones.

Based upon what we have learned from the Department of Natural Resources, this could mean a reduction of as much as 25% (one quarter) of some of these habitats. At the same time, the amount of plantations on public land would be increased to 28% of Crown forest.

The new Minister of Natural Resources has announced he will re-examine the previous plan this fall, and will announce a new forest plan after December.

New Brunswickers have rejected this before

The majority of the public told the Select Committee on Wood Supply in 2004 that they do not want fish and wildlife habitat to be sacrificed to increase wood supply. The Select Committee rejected industry’s request to put a cap on conservation zones, and instead recommended that the amount of clear-cutting be reduced.

A 2007 survey of the New Brunswick public showed that the overwhelming majority of people surveyed place highest priority on the forest’s protection of fresh water, air and wildlife habitat (Public views on forest management in New Brunswick: Report from a provincial survey).

Both the Select Committee hearings and the survey of New Brunswickers showed that our citizens expect government to stand up for what the people want, and to work with the natural forest we have.

The public also expressed they want more say in how forests are managed. Government has still not implemented any real public consultation strategy to involve the public in the public’s forest.

Will the government listen this time? We think yes.

We believe there is a real opening for New Brunswickers to speak up on behalf of our forests once again. This is a new government, and the Minister said he wants to hear more from conservationists and First Nations.

Please write a letter that tells government what is important to you about our forest, and what you expect government to do.

Send your letter to: Bruce Northrup, Minister of Natural Resources, P.O. Box 6000, Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1, and a copy to your MLA. We can provide a list of MLAs if you are not sure.

Make a short version of your letter and send it as a letter to the editor to your local newspaper, or one of the daily newspapers.

If you are part of a community group or NGO that would like to invite one of us to speak to your group on this topic (to answer questions, provide more detail), please contact us, as below.

For more information, please contact forest@ccnbaction.ca. More detailed information can be found on the following web sites: www.acadianforest.ca; www.cpawsnb.org.

Prepared by Crown Lands Network steering committee (CCNB Action, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society-NB Chapter, Meduxnekeag River Society, Nature NB, Public for the Protection of the Forests of NB), a caucus of the NB Environmental Network.

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