Brief to the Renewable Resources Committee, the Select Committee of the New Brunswick Legislature.

Publisher:  New Brunswick Federation of Wood Producers
Year Published:  1981  
Pages:  15pp  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX2293

The New Brunswick Federation of Wood Producers' Brief to the Renewable Resources Committee is aimed at protecting the future existence of New Brunswick's forests.

Abstract:  The New Brunswick Federation of Wood Producers' Brief to the Renewable Resources Committee is aimed at protecting the future existence of New Brunswick's forests. To establish how this might be done, the Brief seeks to explain problems facing private woodlot owners (numbering about 35,000) and to outline solutions.

The Federation is an organization based entirely on forest land ownership. The Directors are comprised of delegates from the six N.B. Forest Products Marketing Boards. Each Marketing Board has three goals which are prioritized in the following sequence: 1. stable markets; 2. fair prices; 3. forest management. This last goal is the most neglected, the Brief says, and so the Federation is making plans to achieve it.

The problems woodlot owners face include product shortages, lack of an overall strategy by the province or industry in dealing with private woodlot owners, lack of forest protection, and competition from products taken form Crown lands. The Federation outlines the following options for funding forest management: government funding, a fair price for wood, or ideally, a combination of these two. Accordingly, woodlot owners would be able to move towards a self-sustaining operation.

To further establish forest management, the Federation sees education of all people involved in forest products as crucial. Also needed is a management plan and a clearly defined role for the government, which would include planning and financial assistance.

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