Where our forest is being sprayed this summer

The map showing where the forests will be sprayed with herbicides during summer 2020 is now available.

Forestry companies spray large swaths of clearcuts with products containing glyphosate — a chemical linked to cancer and a slew of other health problems — beginning in August and continued through September.

The full 2020 spray map is available at forestinfo.ca, a partnership between government and the forestry industry. If you want to know if your community, favourite walking trail, or summer swimming hole is near a spray site you’ll have to zoom in on the map until herbicide spray zones appear.

Our team is poring over the map to help New Brunswickers identify the major spraying hotspots this summer. We will update this page with maps of concerning spraying hotspots. Stay tuned.

In the meantime, see information on past spraying seasons below, and don’t forget to check out our friends at Stop Spraying New Brunswick’s website and on social media, who are running a fantastic new campaign encouraging folks to take selfies at their local clearcuts to pressure government to end this unnecessary practice.

Want this unnecessary and old fashioned practice to stop? Write your MLA!

Use our letter-writing tool to tell your MLA, the provincial government, and all party leaders to ban the spraying of our forest. Our pre-written letter will get you started, but we encourage you to add your comments on spraying and large-scale clearcutting and how it has affected you.

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    What's the problem with spraying herbicides containing glyphosate?

    Forestry companies spray clearcut areas with herbicides to kill hardwoods and vegetation that compete with the spruce, fir and pine they grow in plantations.

    The Conservation Council has long advocated that the province stop the old-fashioned, citizen-funded practice of spraying the forest. Quebec banned the spraying of its public forest more than 15 years ago. Glyphosate, the main active ingredient in most herbicides used in Crown forest operations in New Brunswick, was listed as a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organization’s cancer research agency, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), in 2015. Click here to learn more about glyphosate and its health impacts on people and wildlife.

    Clear cutting near Mount Carleton, N.B. Photo: Conservation Council, 2016

    Conservationists, biologists and hunters are worried that spraying vegetation is wiping out the food and habitats of our forest wildlife. The concern among New Brunswickers is so widespread more than 35,000 people have signed a petition to end the old-fashioned practice, organized by Stop Spraying New Brunswick with support from the Conservation Council. Since 2017, more than 1,800 New Brunswickers have used our letter writing tool to call on their MLA and the provincial government to ban the spraying our forest with herbicides.