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New Brunswick establishes task forces to determine timber objectives


February 1, 2011
By Pulp & Paper Canada

The chairs of two task forces set-up to establish timber objectives for Crown and private land have been announced by New Brunswick’s Natural Resources Minister Bruce Northrup. Norman Betts will chair the Crown Land Task Force, which has a…

The chairs of two task forces set-up to establish timber objectives for Crown and private land have been announced by New Brunswick’s Natural Resources Minister Bruce Northrup. Norman Betts will chair the Crown Land Task Force, which has a mandate to make recommendations to the provincial government by July 1 on timber objectives for New Brunswick’s public forests. Betts is a member of the Faculty of Business Administration at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton and is a former provincial minister of Finance. Donald Floyd, interim dean of the Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, is the chair of the Private Land Task Force. This task force has a mandate to set timber objectives that provide a stable and predictable wood supply from private land and will make its recommendations to the provincial government by Dec. 31. Each chair will help select the other members of their respective task force. “Having timber objectives will focus the efforts of private woodlot owners, industry and government on putting in place the right policies and practices to improve the competitiveness of our forest sector,” said Northrup. “Improving competitiveness will allow us to grow this sector.” The establishment of the two task forces was part of a series of actions announced in December, in response to recommendations made by stakeholders at the Forestry Summit held Nov. 19. The Forestry Summit involved about 100 participants from stakeholder groups, industry, First Nations as well as government and non-governmental organizations. Discussions focused on three areas: Crown and private land timber supply; innovation in the forest industry; and establishing timber objectives. The other actions announced in December included: – setting objectives for private land wood sales.

– undertaking an innovation assessment.

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– identifying areas for industry transition.

– piloting alternative silviculture treatments. – reviewing the province’s forest management approach during the next six months with the intention of improving the economic return on the provincial government’s investment in forestry.

A complete report on the summit, including what was discussed, the recommendations made and the provincial government’s response, is available online.


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