The Acadian forest has been listed as one of six endangered forests in North America. New Brunswick makes up a large portion of the Acadian forest. Ensuring that the Acadian forest is properly managed here in New Brunswick is key to maintaining this unique forest region. Begin by discovering the Acadian forest, find out why it is endangered, and learn how you can help protect this precious resource.
Forest management must consider first and foremost adequate habitat for wildlife, protection for streams and rivers, climate change impacts and forest diversity in terms of age and species. New Brunswickers have repeatedly expressed a desire for changes in the way our Crown forest is managed. The people of the province want to save animal populations decimated by overcutting, stop the damage to our rivers and lakes, and diversify our forest-based economy.
The 2014 forest strategy will cut area managed for wildlife by at least half to allow industry to keep cutting at current levels.
The strategy will also massively expand the publicly-funded spraying of herbicides over our public forest. This follows the decision to allow industry to triple the area of conifer plantations in areas of naturally-growing forest. With approximately 90 per cent of its forested land under public ownership, the province of Quebec listened to public concerns and banned herbicide spraying of its public forest in 2001.
Eight allocations to mine biomass from New Brunswick’s public forest have been granted without public discussion or debate. At least one-quarter of wildlife species in our Acadian forest depend on woody debris. It is important to consider how biomass mining will affect forest habitat, species and ecosystems.
Many people living in New Brunswick want to establish community-based forestry initiatives in their regions. Community-based forestry is a growing and successful alternative in provinces such as British Colombia. Community forestry allows residents to make decisions regarding their surrounding forest and forest resources.
Learn about forest cover loss in New Brunswick using Global Forest Watch’s interactive mapping tool (also available on their website here):
Learn more about forest conservation efforts in New Brunswick, Canada and beyond on our forest resources page.