2023 Year in Review

The year 2023 marked another significant chapter in the story of New Brunswick’s forest sector. In the face of uncertainty and increasing constraints of inflation, regulatory changes, competing land uses, ongoing global issues and trade impacts, the sector continues to be characterized by resilience and community-focus. Industry participants continue to seek efficiencies and innovative solutions…

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Wildfire Risk Mitigation is Sound Climate Policy

Devastating wildfires have been burning from coast to coast in Canada this year, impacting thousands of Canadians with evacuations and loss of homes, communities and infrastructure, blanketing provinces and states alike in smoke that impacts thousands more people with poor air quality. While a familiar slogan may come to mind – Smokey Bear’s “Only YOU…

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Opinion: Collaboration for the Future of our Forests

We can all agree on the important role forestry plays in the economy of New Brunswick by providing jobs and income for thousands of people across the province and supporting dozens of communities around the province. The sector in New Brunswick is older than anywhere else in Canada and continues to thrive thanks to a…

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Reducing GHG emissions through comprehensive management plans

The latest submission of Canada’s 2023 National Inventory Report (NIR) of greenhouse gas emissions to the United Nations confirms that while Canada is making progress towards our 2030 Emission Reduction goals, there is still much room for improvement. Of particular note, the report confirms a long-known fact in the forest industry – that increased insect…

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New Forestry Trade Certifications – an important accomplishment for the sector

In October 2022, Forestry Equipment Operator (Harvester, V190.1) and Forestry Equipment Operator (Forwarder, V189.1) became designated occupations under the Apprenticeship and Occupational Certificate Act. Harvester operator, Mike Mills, and forwarder operator, Tory Baker, became the first successful operators certified by the province after completing a 3.5-hour practical assessment and documenting more than the required operating…

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