Just days after the signing of the key Crown Forest Agreement by the Alward government, we spoke with Ken Hardie, manager of the New Brunswick Federation of Woodlot Owners, an advocacy group representing thousands of family-operated woodlots in the province. Hardie says that the Crown Forest Agreement between the Province and Irving, which guarantees a 20% increase in softwood production on Crown land in exchange for a promise to keep pulp and lumber mills running, jeopardizes the integrity of ecosystems and pushes smaller softwood and lumber producers out of business. He suggests that New Brunswickers should defend our public forests and waterways, and hopes that voters will see the granting of public land to a private corporation as a political issue when they cast their votes in September.

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