By Community Forests International, Posted on June 22, 2021

Between June 22-28, New Brunswick’s Standing Committee on Climate Change and the Environment will review the use of glyphosate spraying on Crown forest. Community Forests International is firmly against spraying glyphosate on forestland and we ask you, our community, to voice your opposition.

Glyphosate is used to suppress hardwood tree species that compete with industry-favoured softwood species. It is one of several forest management practices that is simplifying our forest composition—eliminating the diversity that is critical to the long-term climate resilience of the Acadian forest here in the Maritimes.

Forests can be one of our greatest assets as we adapt to and mitigate climate change, but we need to support the natural diversity of the Acadian forest. Forests that lack diversity often act as a source of carbon emissions; they are more vulnerable to insect attacks, drought stress, and other disturbances that cause them to degrade even more rapidly, releasing their stored carbon back into the atmosphere.

Addressing the dual challenges of climate change and the biodiversity crisis requires restoring the complexity and diversity of our forests. The Province of New Brunswick currently has an unparalleled opportunity to show climate leadership and to contribute towards meeting Canada’s climate change mitigation goals by banning the use of glyphosate on public forests.

Speak up against glyphosate today. Use the Conservation Council of New Brunswick’s letter-writing tool to express your opposition to spraying Crown forests.

 


Resources:

David A Etheridge, David A MacLean, Robert G Wagner, and Jeremy S Wilson. Changes in landscape composition and stand structure from 1945–2002 on an industrial forest in New Brunswick, Canada. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 35(8): 1965-1977. https://doi.org/10.1139/x05-110

Josh Noseworthy and Thomas M. Beckley. Borealization of the New England – Acadian Forest: a review of the evidence. Environmental Reviews. 28(3): 284-293. https://doi.org/10.1139/er-2019-0068

Learn More:

Make Room for Change | Conservation Council of New Brunswick

New research aims to uncover long-term effects of glyphosate spraying on forests | The Narwhal

Green MP pushes for ban on popular herbicide | Canada’s National Observer