Our publications are based on research and science
For over 50 years we have been investigating and applying science-based actions.
- The “New Brunswick Forest Report Card: A Stakeholder Survey of Opinions and Recommendations on Crown Forest Management in New Brunswick in 2017” assesses 12 public priorities for forest management by 30 people, including forest researchers and analysts at our universities and colleges, and representatives of conservation groups, First Nations organizations, forest user groups and private woodlot owners. The results reveal that respondents are largely dissatisfied with the current forest management regime, ranking most indicators as inadequate or worsening.
2017.Available in English. 35 pages. The Conservation Council has long called for a phase-out of glyphosate use in New Brunswick’s Crown forest. On Nov. 2, 2017, elected officials in New Brunswick’s Legislative Assembly debated a motion about the spraying of glyphosate-based herbicides in the province’s Crown forest. You can read the Hansard of the full debate here.
By Julia Linke et al. Published in Remote Sensing of Environment, 2017. Available in English. 40 pages. Forest loss in the headwaters of Miramichi’s watershed is happening and warrants our attention, according to a study released in January 2017 in the highest-ranking scientific journal on remote sensing.
- Forestry companies spray large swaths of clear-cuts with products containing glyphosate — a chemical linked to cancer and a slew of other health problems — beginning this month through Sept. 30. 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. Thee full 2017 spray map is available at forestinfo.ca, a partnership between government and the forestry industry.
- Areas affected by glyphosate spraying (2017)
- Herbicide spraying within municipal drinking water supply areas (2017)
By the International Union for Conservation of Nature, 2016. 3 pages. The scientists with the International Union for Conservation of Nature released an update to their seminal 2015 report on toxic chemicals in pesticides, in which they reviewed more than 1,100 peer-reviewed research studies on neonicotinoids.
By the New Brunswick government, 2016. Available in English 45 pages. The results of the OCMOH Action Plan on glyphosate confirms what we have long feared — that the forest industry uses more glyphosate in NB operations than any other province in Canada. This analysis puts the key public policy question squarely back into the government’s hands. Namely, why, of all places in Canada, is NB spending so much taxpayer money on our companies’ spray programs when other jurisdictions, like Vermont and Québec, get on fine without it.
- Available in English. Spring has sprung and that means it’s the perfect time to sit on your front porch and watch the pollinators play. Sometimes our friendly butterflies, honey bees and hummingbirds can be a little shy, though. That’s why the Conservation Council of New Brunswick is giving away our free collection ofbright, colourful information cards with information on pollinators and tips on creating your own pollinator garden. Download our full collection of Pollinator Postcardshere.
Fact sheet: what’s wrong with the forest management strategy.
2015. Available in English. 2 pages. A quick look at the affects of New Brunswick forest management practices as of 2015.
Time for a Change? Community forestry in NB
2010, 8 pages, Bilingual.
Bee-friendly Seed Bombs Flyer
2010, Folded card available in English and French.
Aliens among us? Do you know which species are native to NB? Postcard
2009, Postcard available in English and French.
Traditional Forest Knowledge (poster)
2009, Available in English, French, Maliseet and Mi’kmaq.
Traditional Ecological Knowledge and the New Brunswick Forest: A Conversation
Available in English and French. 21 pages.
At-Risk Watersheds in New Brunswick – Report
2009, Available in English and French. 8 pages.
The Vital Organs of our Lakes and Rivers (activity sheet)
2008. Available in English and French. 3 pages.
This activity sheet contains class activities for teachers, and it meant to accompany the Down by the River poster. The activity sheet contains several hands-on class activities for students aged 10-13, as well as further information on the various wildlife habitats found in and near rivers and lakes.
Down by the River (poster)
2008, Bilingual double-sided.
Ideal for children aged 10-13, this poster describes the plants and animals that have a special connection with the water, and how our streams, rivers, and their shorelines provide essential habitats which must be protected from destructive human activities.
Protecting our rivers and lakes means… Better managing the forests around them.
2008. Available in English and French. 6 pages.
The source waters of our rivers and lakes in New Brunswick are largely located on public (Crown) lands, and it is the forests on these lands that protect the quantity and quality of fresh water. This document explains the links between healthy forests and clean, safe fresh water, and provides suggestions on how to better protect our rivers and lakes.
What’s wrong with this picture?
2008. Available in English and French. 5 pages.
This pamphlet briefly explains the state of the Acadian forest type in New Brunswick, and highlights some of the proposed changes to Crown forest management plans.
Our Acadian Forest (placemat)
2007. Available in French and English. Double-sided.
These placemats provide an excellent opportunity for children to learn about the unique habitats and species of the Acadian forest at the dinner table. With fun facts, memory testers, and dynamic wildlife photos, these placemats are very popular.
Our Acadian Forest in Danger
By David Coon, Karen DeWolfe and Inuk Simard. 2005.
Available in English. 50 pages. The state of forest diversity and wildlife habitat in New Brunswick. This study examines whether forest management in New Brunswick is sustaining our Acadian forest ecosystems.
Save Our Forest
Available in French and English. 4 pages. This tabloid describes the Acadian forest type that covers all of New Brunswick, and details some of the unique features of this forest type that are endangered by industrial forestry operations.
Give Us Back Our Forests
By David Coon. 2004.
Available in English and French. 24 pages. This publication features excerpts from the public presentations to the Select Committee on Wood Supply, the groups of MLAs which held public hearings across New Brunswick to hear what citizens think about the Jaakko Poyry recommendations for the industrial management of public forests on Crown lands.
Low Impact Forestry – Forestry as if the Future Mattered
By Maine Environmental Policy Institute. 2003. $30.00. Available in English. 178 pages. Using Maine as a case study, this book offers forestry goals and guidelines that emphasize quality and value while conserving biodiversity and supporting communities for the long term.
Working with the Woods: Restoring Forests and Community in New Brunswick
By Matthew Betts and David Coon. 1996. $6.00. Available in English. 29 pages. This booklet provides a history of forestry in New Brunswick and discusses community forestry as an alternative to the industrial forestry model. You will learn how some communities are trying to make a difference in a move towards sustainable forestry.
What kind of Crown Forest Do you Want?
2002. Available in English and French 8 pages. This flyer describes and contrasts high impact and low impact forestry management techniques, and describes how crown forest are held in trust for all New Brunswickers.
The Nature of New Brunswick: A Biodiversity Primer
By Roberta Clowater and David Coon. 1996. $6.00 Available in English and French. 40 pages. The Nature of New Brunswick describes the biodiversity of the province, examines why it is threatened, and proposes an action plan in defense of nature. This highly readable booklet is generously illustrated with original drawings and photographs. It is an essential primer for anyone concerned about the nature of New Brunswick.
When Squirrels Can Fly We’re Talking Biodiversity
Available in English and French. This is a guide for young people to learn about biodiversity in New Brunswick. Cleverly illustrated and easy to read, this booklet will help your children understand what biodiversity is all about. This booklet is available in large quantities for schools, youth groups and other organizations.
We are all here to stay: A Discussion Paper on Aboriginal Rights, Economic Fairness and Forest Conservation By Juli Abouchar and David Coon. 1998.