EcoNews — Where our forest is being sprayed this summer

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In this edition of EcoNews, we show you where our forest is being sprayed this summer with a breakdown of herbicide spray hotspots near popular N.B. lakes and which forestry companies are doing the most spraying; we make it easy for you to join New Brunswickers who have already written their MLA this week to ask for the spraying to stop; we share the latest on the heart-wrenching deaths of north Atlantic right whales and what the federal fisheries minister has to say about it;  and, we invite you to join us next Monday to learn more about the devastating tailings pond breach at Mount Polley, B.C., and what lessons we can learn from it to protect the Nashwaak and downstream communities from the proposed Sisson mine.


Where our forest is being sprayed this summer

Beginning this month and through Sept. 30, forestry companies in New Brunswick will spray large swaths of clearcuts with products containing glyphosate — a chemical linked to cancer and a slew of other health problems. We break down the spraying hotspots across the province, show you where spraying will occur near popular N.B. cottage lakes, and reveal which forestry companies are doing the most spraying on Crown land.

Write your MLA to stop the spraying

Want the spraying to stop? We’ve made it easy for you to write your MLA and ask for their support in ending the spraying of herbicides in our forest. If you haven’t yet, click on the link below to write your elected official (it takes less than 30 seconds). If you have already sent a letter, thank you — now you can help us spread the word far and wide by liking and sharing this Facebook post with your friends and family.

Minister pledges to bring “absolutely every protection to bear” for right whales

The Minister of Fisheries and Oceans says the federal government will take “every possible measure” to ensure the protection of the critically-endangered north Atlantic right whale. The Hon. Dominic LeBlanc made the statement during a press conference in Moncton on Aug. 3 to address the deaths of at least 10 right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence this summer.


Protecting the Nashwaak and downstream communities from a mine’s tailings 

Join the Conservation Council at the St. Mary’s First Nation Cultural Centre (25 Dedham St., Fredericton) on Monday, Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. to learn more about the effects of mining, the risks posed by the proposed Sisson mine to the Nashwaak watershed and nearby communities, and what lessons we can learn here in New Brunswick from the devastating Mount Polley mining disaster in British Columbia in August 2014. Click the link below for full details or to RSVP.

Mark your calendar – Five Days for the Forest is back!

Five Days for the Forest is back this year to celebrate our forest in its fall glory with nature walks, art, music, film and TREEvia. Hosted by the Conservation Council of New Brunswick, Five Days for the Forest events will occur in Fredericton during National Forest Week, Sept. 25-29, 2017. Stay tuned to the next EcoNews for the full lineup of events!