‘That’s the cheapest way for the companies to do it’: MacNeill on clear cutting in New Brunswick

Clear cutting near Mount Carleton, where Bill Miller lives.

With clear cutting a common practice in New Brunswick, some have had enough. 

In protest, Bill Miller, a canoe builder who lives near Mount Carleton, has cancelled his famous celebration, Fiddles on the Tobique.

The festival typically draws out hundreds of people, as fiddlers play their music on the water. 

But Miller says he’s no longer proud to be a New Brunswicker, or Canadian, now that clear cutting has scarred the land so severely. 

CBC’s Harry Forestell interviewed the Conservation Council’s communications director, Jon MacNeill about the damage the practice does to the province.

“In 2015 the auditor general released a report, and in that she found that in the last 20 years, 80 per cent of the harvesting of Crown land in New Brunswick was being cut by clearcut,” MacNeill told Forestell. 

You can read more about Miller’s decision here. Or watch the televised news segment by clicking here or above (segment starts at 18:52).