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Common Moose found in New Brunswick Forest
New Brunswick's Multipal Use Forest

Modern Lumberjack in New Brunswick Forest   "Primary forest activity and related manufacturing (sawmills and papermills) are New Brunswick's most important industrial anchor.
   very job created in the paper and allied* sector in turn creates 1.5 jobs in other New Brunswick sectors. Every dollar of output from this sector creates an additional 76¢ in the rest of the economy. "
   "New Brunswick was the first in Canada to impose clear management responsibilities requiring forest companies to submit management plans."

*Allied includes tissue, cardboard box production and related products.

Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC) Report

   "When my involvement in environmental causes started in 1962, I focused on campaigns such as saving whales or working against clear-cutting. We forget that people were involved."

Dr. David Suzuki

   "The Province (New Brunswick) has a widely admired forest management system. Forest Management plans can provide guidelines for preservation of waterways, wildlife habitats and other features of forestland.
   ...only one (province) - New Brunswick - currently has a system capable of giving planners accurate and detailed information about their forestry inventory."

MacLean's Magazine (1991)

New Brunswick Tree Facts

Balsam fir- Official Tree of New Brunswick
  • Balsam fir is more vulnerable to the Spruce Budworm that is spruce.
  • In a natural forest, the chances that a seed will grow into a mature tree are about 1 in 1 million
  • In a stand of 20,00 seedlings, there will be about 500 trees left when the stand reaches maturity.
  • Sometimes when a tree puts out an enormous seed crop it is and indication that it will soon die.
  • A single acre of trees can remove up to 12 tonnes of dust and gases from the air each year.
  • After clearcutting a softwood stand, hardwoods usually establish themselves first but eventually give way to softwoods after 20 - 30 years.

Sustainable Developement

  • Only 1.6% of all New Brunswick 5.9 million hectares of forested land is harvested every year.
  • Two thirds of all harvested areas will grow back naturally.
  • Only 6.8% of all New Brunswick entire forested area had been artificially planted as of 1997.
  • Some 25,000 hectares of forested lands are thinned pre-commercially by the forest industry every year.
  • Over one billion trees have been planted in the last 30 years.
  • Over 1000 professionals work on the many facets of forest management.
  • Some 835,000 ha. of Crown Land and Industrial Freehold areas are under special management such as conservation and deer wintering areas, mature coniferous habitat, stream buffers and other unique sites.
  • The New Brunswick Forest Industry is recognized as carrying out some of the best forest management in North America.

Economic Facts on Forest of New brunswick

   Fourteen (14) New Brunswick communities depend entirely on forestry operations to survive. A hundred others rely heavily on their local sawmills and pulp and paper mills to maintain their economic viability.

New Brunswick Forest Industry's Economic Contribution:
Annual wages and salaries/direct jobs only: $480 million
Direct Jobs: 14,000
Indirect and induced jobs: 13,000
Values of shipments of forest products in 1996: $2.9 billion
Total provincial exports in 1996: 37%

   It takes a minimum of 400,000 loads of wood per year the equivalent of 6,000,000 cords, to keep all 10 New Brunswick pulp and paper and paper mills and 85 sawmills, veneer mills, fencing and shingle mills operating.

Bird Watchers in New Brunswick ForestBald Eagle is becoming a common site in New Brunswick   Pulp and paper companies in Canada maintain over 40,000 kilometers of access roads used also for recreational activities such as hunting, angling, hiking, camping, bird watching and many other activities.

   The average Canadian will use about 400 trees during his, her lifetime.

   The construction of a typical Canadian home requires about 47 cubic meters of wood or a little more than a full truck load of wood.

   Each year Canada loses enough wood through fire, insects and waste to build 125,000 bungalows.

Products from Forestry in New Brunswick
One cord of wood can yield:

  • 7,500,000 toothpicks
  • 61,370 #10 envelopes
  • 4,384,000 postage stamps
  • 89,870 sheets of 8½ x 11 bond paper, or
  • 225,000 popsicle sticks

   Other Products: Coffee filters, milk cartons, building insulation, cork, anticancer drugs, shoe polish, cosmetics, baby foods, cereals, imitation bacon, beverages, ceramics, insecticides, hair spray, deodorants, artificial vanilla, rayon clothing, floor tiles, toothpaste, photographic film, antacids, food additives and thickeners, football helmets and hardhats, piping and irrigation systems, coatings for easy to swallow caplets, colognes, shatter proof glass...

Click here for a map of New Brunswick's Existing Protected Areas

Information from the New Brunswick Forest Industry


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