Conservation Council of New Brunswick
Organization profile published 1981

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Year Published:  1981  
Resource Type:  Organization
Cx Number:  CX2321
Inactive/Defunct Organization
The Conservation Council of New Brunswick is the principal citizens' organization in the province with the aims of promoting continuous improvement in the management of New Brunswick's resources and the adoption of policies and programs to reduce environmental pollution.

Abstract:  The Conservation Council of New Brunswick is the principal citizens' organization in the province with the aims of promoting continuous improvement in the management of New Brunswick's resources and the adoption of policies and programs to reduce environmental pollution. Its membership, now over 400 and growing, represents all parts of the province. While the Coucil is a voluntary organization, it is able to draw on the knowledge of many experts in its membership to participate in a wide range of environmental issues.

For ten years, the Conservation Council has opposed the use of chemical insecticides to control the spruce budworm. In its briefs to the Province's Pesticides Advisory Board, the Council comments on some of the dangers involved in continued reliance on chemicals, and points out some of the alternatives which are not yet given high priority. For example, in a brief dated January 13, 1981, the Council identifies and explains twelve recommendations concerning pesticide use in the province. A sampling of their recommendations follows: 1) the Minister of the Environment place an immediate ban on the use of 89 pesticides whose safety is suspect until such time as their safety has been proven by valid tests; 2) no further permits for the use of 2,4,5-T be issued; 3) a temporary ban be placed on the use of 2,4-D until further studies can prove that this does not represent an unacceptable risk to human health or the environment; 4) the Department of Health develop an educational program on safe use of pesticides which could be presented to groups of workers who use pesticides or come in contact with them in the course of their work, such as agricultural workers; 5) the Department of Agriculture develop a continuing program to assist market farmers to produce and market organic produce.

The Council publishes a regular newsletter entitled "Conservation." The February/81 issues features an article on the use of Agent Orange by the military (Agent Orange was originally tested at Camp Gagetown, N.B.); another article focuses on the future of energy in N.B. (particularly the future of soft energy).
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