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October 20, 2023

The Profile of Canada's private forests and their economic contribution,
recently publishe
d by Canadian Forest Owners (CFO), reveals that silviculture and wood manufacturing activities from private forests created 37,500 jobs and generated $13.9 billion in revenue coast to coast in 2020.

by CFO, October 19, 2023

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September 23, 2023

The Best Trees to Plant in the Fall

by LifeHacker, September 16, 2023

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September 23, 2023

Judging by the silky nests in N.B. trees, it's been a good year for the fall webworm

by CBC, September 9, 2023

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September 20, 2023

New Brunswick private woodlot owners wince over economic gut punch

by Saltwire, September 18, 2023

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September 11, 2023

Maritimes Forest Technology Student receives Christopher Lee Memorial Scholarship


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pictured are Susannah Banks (L) and Matthew Bezanson (R)

August 23, 2023

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picture by Brunswick News Archives

August 18, 2023

From oak wilt to jumping worms: A look at the invasive species threatening Canada

by Global News, July 9, 2023

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picture by Canadian Food Inspection Agency

August 13, 2023

Forestry Hall of Fame Member Peter deMarsh

Woodlot champion Peter deMarsh continues to receive honours posthumously for his outstanding achievements and prominence in forestry. Recently, deMarsh was elected into the New Brunswick Hall of Fame to recognize his major contributions to forestry. Visiting New Brunswick this summer? The Hall of Fame is located in the Woodmen’s Museum in Boiestown, New Brunswick.

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August 2, 2023

Response to Statement of Public Interest Regulation under the Community Planning Act

The New Brunswick Federation of Woodlot Owners, the voice of private woodlot owners in New Brunswick, would like to offer the following comments on the proposed regulation Statement of Public Interest Regulation under the Community Planning Act.

The statement of public interest for natural resources is extremely vague and does not offer any assurance or direction to ...

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July 27, 2023

The Canadian Forest Owners submission commenting on the National Biodiversity Strategy

"On behalf of Canadian Forest Owners (CFO), we would like to propose the following comments on the 2023 Canadian Biodiversity Strategy using the series of questions in the document Toward a 2030 Biodiversity Strategy for Canada: Halting and reversing nature loss."

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July 21, 2023

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The staff and Board of the NBFWO would like to send our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Pam Folkins who passed away this week.

Pam was a member of the Federation, a past Manager at the SNB Forest Products Marketing Board, and was with the SNB Wood Co-operative for 47 years. We all had great respect for Pam. She was intelligent, resilient, and had a smile that made you feel welcome.

The private woodlot sector has lost a great champion and friend. Rest in peace Pam. We will miss you.

Obituary & memorial wall for Pam

July 5, 2023

Response to the Timber Royalty Adjustment Regulation – Private Woodlot
Sustainability Act

The provincial government recently posted a draft update regarding the Timber Royalty Adjustment Regulation, under the Private Woodlot Sustainability Act.  The draft was open for public commenting and the NBFWO submitted a response.

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July 4, 2023

Increase in Crown land available for maple syrup industry

an additional 5,000 hectares of forested Crown land available for leasing over the next five years.

News release from Natural Resources and Energy Development

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July 4, 2023

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) has published the draft Improved Forest Management on Private Land federal offset protocol for a 60-day public comment period to seek public input on the draft protocol in order to help inform the preparation of the final protocol.

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July 4, 2023

Opinion:  A federal fleet of water bombers could help control forest fires

by Globe and Mail, June 16

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June 23, 2023

CBC News Maritime Noon segment discussing and answering questions on woodlot management


click the link here for the recorded program on June 22, 2023 and go forward to 19:30 to listen to this segment.

June 23, 2023

Is Eastern Canada doomed to follow the West into harsher wildfire seasons?

by Globe and Mail, June 12


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June 16, 2023

Feds not saying why forestry singled out for carbon tax

by SaltWire, June 13


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June 15, 2023

Climate change is exacerbating forest fires and vice versa, experts say

by Montreal Gazette, June 7

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June 6, 2023

Public Review of Draft Regulations

DNRED currently has 2 items up for public review under draft legislations

  • Amendments to the Timber Regulation – Crown Lands and Forests Act

    • deadline for review June 21​

    • contact:  Natural Resources and Energy Development

  • Timber Royalty Adjustment Regulation – Private Woodlot Sustainability Act​

    • deadline for review June 23

    • contact:​ Natural Resources and Energy Development

You can view the drafts in PDF format here

June 6, 2023

Green energy business eyes opportunity in P.E.I.'s net-zero plans

New biomass energy facility will take biomass — such as waste wood — and turn it into renewable diesel through a process called pyrolysis.  

by CBC May 22

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June 6, 2023

What log driving can teach us about forests, past and present

published May 17 in The Conversation

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May 18, 2023

Canadian forest fires are the latest costly climate disaster that public accounts fail to capture

published May 18 by CBC 

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May 16, 2023

Proposed N.W.T. Forest Act acknowledges Indigenous rights to harvest wood

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May 14, 2023

Dead or alive: Ticks that survive the winter have something in common

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May 9, 2023

On May 9th, our Executive Director, Susannah Banks participated in the Forum on Forests held by the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers in St. Andrew's, NB. This meeting brought together federal and provincial forest ministers as well as several stakeholders from the Canadian forest sector (forest owners, First Nations members, forest industry, conservation groups, certification organizations, and more) to discuss national policies regarding the management of Canada's forests.

The May Member Newsletter has more details about the event.  Not yet a member?  Click here to join!

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May 8, 2023

Canada's National Observer - Petitions push feds to ban Canada’s most popular pesticide

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Updated May 8, 2023

2023 Spring Weight Restrictions have ended

Spring weight restrictions for truck traffic have ended for this year.

Southern New Brunswick ended April 30th, and northern New Brunswick ended May 7th.

July 18, 2022

April 20, 2023

Want to learn about Wood Pellets?

Read the latest newsletter from the Wood Pellet Association of Canada.

"With the planet’s changing climate, governments across the globe have implemented ambitious climate goals which have caused a seismic shift toward clean energy. The landscape is changing, accelerating the use of clean energy, and as a result bioheat from wood pellets are also shifting from niche to mainstream."

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March 27, 2023

July 18, 2022

March 24, 2023

Scholarships and Bursaries in the Forestry field

Attention Forestry students!  We have started compiling a list of scholarships and bursaries available to students here on the website.

Click here to view.

If you know of other awards available, please let us know and we will add them to the list!

July 18, 2022

March 24, 2023

Non-Timber Forest Products webinar

On March 20th, NBFWO hosted a webinar with Dr. Ron Smith regarding our Non-Timber Forest Products project.  The recording of the webinar is now available for viewing by members.

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March 20, 2023

Local wood pellets driving GHG reductions in New Brunswick

 By Wood Pellet Association of Canada

July 18, 2022

February 18, 2023

New Forestry Trade Certifications

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.

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July 18, 2022

February 18, 2023

NB Forest Products Commission position opening

Are you a woodlot owner / producer that is interested in the NB’s forest sector and advocating for landowner & producer interests?

The New Brunswick Forest Products Commission is an independent commission overseeing the marketing relationships involving forest industries (pulp mills and sawmills); forest products marketing boards (private woodlot owners and producers) and the provincial government.

The commission, composed of seven members, reports directly to the Minister of Natural Resources and Energy Development. It has an independent chairman, two persons representing forest industries – one for pulpmills and one for sawmills, two persons representing private woodlot owners and producers, and two persons representing the Department of Natural Resources and Energy Development.

One of the current owner/producers candidates term on the Commission will soon be expiring.

You can read more details and apply here.
The deadline for applying is March 31, 2023.

July 18, 2022

February 16, 2023

Amendments to the TC Act

The document linked below, regarding updates to the Amendments to the General Regulation – Transportation of Primary Forest Products Act, was posted on the GNB website this week.  

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July 18, 2022

February 15, 2023

Amendments to Trespass Act

The 1-page document linked below, regarding updates to the Trespass Act was received from the Forest Products Commission on Feb. 8th, 2023.  They ask that ask that stakeholders forward any comments they may have at their earliest convenience to Lori O’Brien, Strategic Planning and Intergovernmental Relations, Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries (lori.o’

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July 18, 2022

February 8, 2023

Legislative of Assembly of New Brunswick Standing Committee on Public Accounts - Natural Resources and Energy Development - January 18, 2023

Click here to view the recording with Deputy Minister Tom MacFarlane.

February 2, 2023

The State of Canada's Forests: Annual Report 2022

Each year, The State of Canada’s Forests: Annual Report delivers thematic content about Canada’s forest sector through feature stories. This year’s features explore the theme of “Diverse forests for a diverse Canada. 

more details...

July 18, 2022

Land Use Planning in NB - Statements of Public Interest

The NBFWO has been invited by the provincial government, as part of the Local Governance Reform Initiative, to hear our thoughts on the proposed Statements of Public Interest which the provincial government plans to introduce as a Regulation under the Community Planning Act.

more details...

January 26, 2023

New Brunswick Environment and Climate Change (ECC) is proposing to convert the tire recycling program to using the Extended Producer Responsibility model under the Designated Materials Regulation (Clean Environment Act).......

Short version:  the government is proposing changes to regulations so that all tires - including off-road ones - will be included in the provincial tire recycling program.  They are seeking comments on the proposed changes.

Full message from ECC - including contact information
The draft regulatory framework mentioned in message

December 2022


by David Palmer

Written for the Atlantic Forestry Review, Fall/Winter 2022 (shared with permission of the author)

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