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Mary Ann Coleman

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Wednesday, 02 May 2012 16:11

ETF announcements

Four million dollars have been awarded in the 2012 Environmental Trust Fund announcements. The projects are divided into six categories:

●    sustainable development (59 projects, $1,609,500);
●    restoration (11 projects, $238,000);
●    protection (36 projects including 20 Environmental Risk Assessments, $444,500);
●    education (70 projects, $1,344,250);
●    conservation (17 projects, $390,500); and
●    beautification (two projects, $36,000).

The media annoucement is at http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/news/news_release.2012.04.0359.html

And a complete list of awards at  http://www.gnb.ca/0009/0373/0002/ETFAwards.pdf

The chart below illustrates the awards by sector.


NGO

Solid Waste

 Municipal

 University

 Industry

 Autochtone

Other

 TOTAL

2008

 2045500

304700

525000

595500

350300

22000

26000

3869000

 

53%

8%

14%

15%

9%

1%

1%

 

 2009

2170683

 315780

575000

628500

209000

38000

36000

 3972963

 

55%

8%

14%

16%

5%

1%

1%

 

2010

2290000

374200

439600

472120

189000

135600

13500

 3914020

59%

10%

11%

12%

5%

3%

0%

2011

2209300

269500

508500

661000

179000

36000

125000

3988300

55%

7%

13%

17%

4%

1%

3%

2012

2314335

239000

412200

979300

102915

15000

0

4062750

57%

6%

10%

24%

3%

0%

0%

Thursday, 26 April 2012 14:23

Wombat Wisdom

Wombat Wisdom just might be the best little video ever! The wombat clearly lays out the whole global picture – in less than 1 minute!

It's an inspiration to everyone who is working for social change!  Be sure to take a minute to watch it.

Wombat wisdom video - http://globalcommunity.org/flash/wombat.shtml

Friday, 20 April 2012 12:46

NB Forests: Google Satellite Photos

NB Forests: Have a look!

Concerned about the level of clearcutting across the New Brunswick landscape?  Frank Johnston has assembled links to satellite photos that tell the tragic tale of NB forests. Keith Wilson has taken a video of clearcutting along the Cains River. Both are eye-opening!

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Please find a set of Google Map links of selected areas of New Brunswicks deforested landscape below. Clicking on the link leads to the Google map satellite view. If you have Google Earth or the Google Earth Plugin installed the Earth view is accessible from the Google Map page. The full frame view is accessed by clicking the delta next to the Print and Link icons. Clicking the Link icon gives the email send to share if any of these images are of interest.

http://www.google.com/earth/index.html

http://www.google.com/earth/download/ge/

Forest Cover Acadian Region

Forest Cover North East Region

Forest Cover Claire Region

Forest Cover North West Region

Forest Cover Acadian Region, Paquetville

Forest Cover Kouchibouguac National Park

Forest Cover Camerons Mill Saint-Louis de Kent Region

Forest Cover Campbellton Dalhousie Region 

Forest Cover Riley Brook Region  

Forest Cover Fundy Region 

Forest Cover Woodstock Region 

Google Maps NB Overview

Google Maps Plaster Rock and Bathurst Region

Google Maps Fundy Park Region

Forested Landscape, Rush Creek, WI  - This is a landscape where forested slopes are only harvested sustainably and wetlands are protected. Agriculture uses soil conservation practices.

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 Check out Keith Wilson's three videos and some discussion on the Wilson Camps blog.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012 07:13

Florian Levesque

Florian Levesque will be deeply missed by many people from across the province of New Brunswick. His life and work were an inspiration to all and he was a true champion for his community and the environment. His contributions to environmental causes made a real difference for this province and will not be forgotten. Our deepest condolences to his friends and family.

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Saying goodbye to Florian Levesque
By Tracy Glynn

Inka Milewski calls Florian Levesque a giant in New Brunswick’s environmental and social justice wars. Florian, 53, died on March 23rd while jogging.

"He was my friend and fellow strategist. He was a happy, creative and generous person that lived and breathed his commitment to the people around him and the community he lived in," said Milewski who worked with Florian on numerous files aimed at protecting the environment and people of northern New Brunswick. Florian was a driving force behind efforts to stop the Bennett toxic waste incinerator from operating in Belledune. He was also active on campaigns to protect the public forest of New Brunswick and make community forestry a viable option in the province.

Florian's environmental activism was rooted in principles of environmental justice, which led to the NB Media Co-op recruiting him as their founding environmental justice advisor. His wise and witty commentary graced many columns of newspapers, airwaves of radio stations and email inboxes of organizers in a variety of environmental and social movements. Recently, Environnement Vie, a co-operative that thrived with Florian's direction and dedication, held workshops throughout northern New Brunswick on how to live more sustainably. He wanted to start a school that imparted knowledge of the forest and how to protect and restore it.

Florian lived in Ontario for decades and returned to his native home of Balmoral, near Campbellton, in 1993.

Florian's activism was not limited to New Brunswick. He was a member of Solidarité Acadie-Palestine and donated generously to the Canada Boat to Gaza campaign, which is determined to break Israel's blockade on Gaza and deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza.

He believed in the power of stories, art and theater to change the world. He was a passionate speaker and storyteller. As the character, Monsieur Flo, he got children to open up their imaginations to a world of possibilities. His life story inspires all those fighting for environmental and social justice.

Florian is survived by his partner Alexandra (Alex), his son Jeremy, his parents, siblings and in-laws. His family asks that donations in his name be made to Environnement Vie or Amnesty International.


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Obituary

C’est avec énormément de tristesse que la famille de Florian Levesque annonce son décès, survenu à Balmoral, le vendredi 23 mars 2012, à l’âge de 53 ans. Né le 8 mars 1959 à Balmoral, il était le fils d’Emilien et de Lucienne Levesque.
Outre ses parents, il laisse dans le deuil sa conjointe, Alexandra Jones, et leur fils, Jérémy; sa soeur et ses frères: Carole (Serge), Jean (Line) et Mario (Adrienne), tous de Balmoral; les parents d’Alexandra: Michael et Karen Jones de Balmoral; les soeurs d’Alexandra: Victoria (Paul) de Toronto, Ontario, et Ariane (Daryl) de Cold Lake, Alberta, ainsi que 10 neveux et nièces: Jean-Daniel, Maxime, Mathieu, Francesca, Anne-Renée, Alyssa, Kristel, Vanessa, Charlotte et Julia.


Ses grands-parents paternels et maternels l’ont précédé dans la tombe.
Connu pour son travail d’artiste et son engagement communautaire, il aura mené de front de nombreux projets avec la complicité de gens de milieux variés.
Journaliste au début de sa carrière, il a quitté sa région natale pour travailler en Ontario en tant que journaliste et relationniste. Il est revenu chez lui en 1993 pour travailler à la radio communautaire. Par la suite, à son compte personnel, il a oeuvré comme consultant en communication sur des dossiers acadiens et artistiques d’envergure. Il vivait de sa plume. Il publiait des livres pour enfants et a créé le personnage de Monsieur Flo, conteur haut en couleur. Plus tard, il a ajouté le personnage de Lévêke pour rejoindre le public adulte avec son message environnementaliste, unificateur et spirituel. Il a présenté ses spectacles partout au Canada et en Europe.


Sur le plan communautaire, il a été engagé dans la lutte contre les changements à l’assurance-emploi, un mouvement appuyé par les communautés acadiennes, québécoises, anglaises et autochtones de la région. Plus tard, il s’est fait remarquer comme catalyseur dans la lutte contre l’implantation de l’usine de traitement de sols contaminés Bennett. Cette lutte a aussi rassemblé les différentes communautés de la région et sa réussite était pour lui une grande fierté. Avec les membres de la Coop Environnement-Vie, il a organisé des projets porteurs d’espoir comme des conférences sur des thèmes tels que les médecines alternatives et un projet d’école de la forêt.


Il a aussi exprimé son avis sur la politique, l’environnement, la communauté et la vie en général, dans un billet hebdomadaire du journal provincial L’Étoile. Florian Levesque aura incité les gens de sa région à la réflexion, à prendre parole et à agir. Il était l’exemple en ce sens.


Les visites auront lieu au Salon funéraire Savoie, 47, rue Alexander, à Campbellton, le mardi 27 mars, de 14h à 16h et de 19h à 21h et le mercredi 28 mars, de 14h à 16h, suivies immédiatement d’une réception à la salle communautaire de Balmoral. Un don à la Fondation Environnement-Vie ou à Amnistie internationale Canada serait apprécié par la famille.


Ceux qui désirent signer le registre des invités, faire un don ou envoyer un message de condoléances à la famille de Florian Levesque peuvent le faire en visitant le site Internet (www.salonsavoie.ca).


La direction des funérailles a été confiée aux soins du Salon funéraire Savoie de Campbellton (753-7200).

Thursday, 15 March 2012 09:39

New tools on the renewable energy front

Congratulations to the province on the release of the two new energy maps showing the potential for micro-hydro and solar in the province. These maps join the wind atlas.  Check them out at http://www.gnb.ca/0085/index-e.asp.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012 16:18

Save Canada's Environmental Laws

Canadians want strong environmental laws to protect our communities, ecosystems, health, and economy.

This site is a gathering, resource, and action centre for organizations and individuals who want to ensure that Canada works towards enacting and enforcing strong environmental laws.

Our focus starts with environmental assessment, which, because it assesses the potential impacts of proposed projects and plans before harm is done, is an essential tool to maintain a healthy, secure and sustainable Canada.

If you are interested in more information, please see the Connections page, consider having your group sign on as an Endorser, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

Endorsers

As of March 12, 2012, almost 50 groups have formally endorsed 10 principles that serve as the foundation of environmental assessment for a healthy, secure and sustainable Canada. See our February 29, 2012 media release here.

The full Endorsement Statement with endorsers listed (alphabetically) is available for download here - please note that the pdf does not include a full list of current endorsers, which is available below.

If your organization, group, association or company is interested in becoming an endorser, please contact rforbes [at] wcel.org

Environmental Assessment for a Healthy, Secure and Sustainable Canada


Rachel S. Forbes, Staff Counsel,  West Coast Environmental Law

News release

March 2, 2012

 

Forty-five Groups to Government: 

Don’t Sacrifice Conservation for Short-term Wood Supply

 

 

(Fredericton)  Forty-five environmental, wildlife and private woodlot groups have signed on to a statement telling government they do not want government to sacrifice long-standing conservation measures on Crown land to provide a temporary increase in wood  supply  for  the forest industry.  Additional wood sought by the industry can be readily supplied by the private woodlot owners of the province.

 

Roberta Clowater, Executive Director of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, NB Chapter, and chair of the Crown Lands Network of groups, said, “Tinkering with the current system, and turning back the clock on environmental protections established for good reasons over the last twenty years will not solve the problem, or result in a solution that has any broad-based support.”

 

“New Brunswick's forest conservation measures are considered by our own wildlife  biologists  and  forest  ecologists  to  be the bare minimum needed  to  avoid  local  animal and plant extinctions.  Any reduction from the status quo would be unacceptable, and not sustainable,” added Clowater.

 

DNR foresters have calculated that a 10% reduction in Annual Allowable Cut (AAC) is required to maintain a sustainable wood supply into the future.    The previous government was prepared to sacrifice long-standing wildlife habitat and conservation measures to limit the reduction in AAC to 5% for the next five years.   This is unacceptable to the signatories.

 

Based upon information released by the Private Lands Task force in early February, private woodlots clearly are producing enough wood to supply an increased demand.   The undersigned groups are asking the Minister of Natural Resources Bruce Northrup to support the conservation of our rivers, our wildlife, and our forest ecosystems by refusing to weaken the existing standards, and encourage industry to increase their purchases of wood from New Brunswick's private woodlot owners.

 

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Media Contacts:

Roberta Clowater, CPAWS New Brunswick, email cpawsnb@nb.sympatico.ca (please contact by email first), cell – 449-5106

 Jean-Louis Deveau, Friends of Mount Carleton Provincial Park, (bilingual interviews), cell - 442-1413, 459-2907

 John Lockerbie, Ruffed Grouse Society of Canada, 451-8996


Groups Endorsing the Statement for Conservation of Crown Lands


1. Atlantic Laboratory for Avian Research
2. Atlantic Salmon Federation / Fédération du saumon de l'Atlantique
3. Campaign for Pesticide Reduction, Quispamsis
4. Canaan-Washademoak Watershed Association, Cambridge-Narrows
5. Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - New Brunswick Chapter / Société pour la nature et les parcs du Canada - Chapitre du N-B
6. Centre culturel et sportif de Cormier Village
7. Comité d'environnement de la Polyvalente W.-A.-Losier Tracadie-Sheila, Tracadie-Sheila
8. Comité d'intervention de la mine d'or Elmtree, Alcida
9. Comité VerTige, comité environnemental de l'École Mathieu-Martin, Dieppe
10. Community Forests International, Sackville
11. Conservation Council of New Brunswick Inc. / Conseil de conservation du Nouveau-Brunswick
12. Cornhill Area Residents Association
13. Eco-Action Mount Allison, Sackville
14. Environnement Vie, Balmoral
15. Falls Brook Centre, Knowlesville
16. Fredericton Fish and Game, Fredericton
17. Fredericton High School - Environmental Club
18. Friends of Mount Carleton Provincial Park Inc. / Les Ami(s) du Parc du Mont Carleton, Plaster Rock
19. Friends of Musquash
20. Friends of Rockwood Park, Saint John
21. Grand Manan Whale and Seabird Research Station / Centre de recherche sur la vie marine de Grand Manan
22. Groupe de développement durable du Pays de Cocagne Sustainable Development Group Inc.
23. Knowlesville Art and Nature Centre, Knowlesville
24. Meduxnekeag River Association, Woodstock
25. Nature Moncton
26. Nature NB
27. Nature Trust of New Brunswick / Fondation pour la protection des sites naturels du Nouveau-Brunswick
28. NB Federation of Woodlot Owners / Fédération des propriétaires de lots boisés du Nouveau-Brunswick
29. New Brunswick Community Land Trust / Société des Terres communautaires du N.-B.
30. New Brunswick Salmon Council / Conseil du saumon Nouveau-Brunswick
31. New Brunswick Wildlife Federation / Fédération de la Faune du Nouveau-Brunswick
32. Our Environment, Our Choice, Kent County
33. PANE, for a New Perspective on Energy / PANE, pour une nouvelle perspective sur l'énergie
34. Post Carbon Greater Moncton / Grand Moncton Post Carbone
35. Public for the Protection of the Forests of New Brunswick / Public pour la protection des forêts du Nouveau-Brunswick, Kent County
36. Quality of Life Initiative, Southfield
37. Ruffed Grouse Society of Canada
38. Rural Research Centre, Truro, NS
39. Saint John Chapter of the Council of Canadians, Saint John
40. Saint John Local of Cinema Politica, Saint John
41. Sentinelles Petitcodiac Riverkeepers
42. Sierra Club Canada - Atlantic Chapter / Sierra Club du Canada – Section du Canada Atlantique
43. STUdents for Sustainability, St. Thomas University, Fredericton
44. Sustainable Energy Group, Woodstock
45. Upper Miramichi Stewardship Alliance, Ludlow

Groupes qui appuient la déclaration pour la conservation des terres de la Couronne

 

 

  1. Atlantic Laboratory for Avian Research
  2. Atlantic Salmon Federation / Fédération du saumon de l'Atlantique
  3. Campaign for Pesticide Reduction, Quispamsis
  4. Canaan-Washademoak Watershed Association, Cambridge-Narrows
  5. Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - New Brunswick Chapter / Société pour la nature et les parcs du Canada - Chapitre du N-B
  6. Centre culturel et sportif de Cormier Village
  7. Comité d'environnement de la Polyvalente W.-A.-Losier Tracadie-Sheila, Tracadie-Sheila
  8. Comité d'intervention de la mine d'or Elmtree, Alcida
  9. Comité VerTige, comité environnemental de l'École Mathieu-Martin, Dieppe
  10. Community Forests International, Sackville
  11. Conservation Council of New Brunswick Inc. / Conseil de conservation du Nouveau-Brunswick
  12. Cornhill Area Residents Association
  13. Eco-Action Mount Allison, Sackville
  14. Environnement Vie, Balmoral
  15. Falls Brook Centre, Knowlesville
  16. Fredericton Fish and Game, Fredericton
  17. Fredericton High School - Environmental Club
  18. Friends of Mount Carleton Provincial Park Inc. / Les Ami(s) du Parc du Mont Carleton, Plaster Rock
  19. Friends of Musquash
  20. Friends of Rockwood Park, Saint John
  21. Grand Manan Whale and Seabird Research Station / Centre de recherche sur la vie marine de Grand Manan
  22. Groupe de développement durable du Pays de Cocagne Sustainable Development Group Inc.
  23. Knowlesville Art and Nature Centre, Knowlesville
  24. Meduxnekeag River Association, Woodstock
  25. Nature Moncton
  26. Nature NB
  27. Nature Trust of New Brunswick / Fondation pour la protection des sites naturels du Nouveau-Brunswick
  28. NB Federation of Woodlot Owners / Fédération des propriétaires de lots boisés du Nouveau-Brunswick
  29. New Brunswick Community Land Trust / Société des Terres communautaires du N.-B.
  30. New Brunswick Salmon Council / Conseil du saumon Nouveau-Brunswick
  31. New Brunswick Wildlife Federation / Fédération de la Faune du Nouveau-Brunswick
  32. Our Environment, Our Choice, Kent County
  33.  PANE, for a New Perspective on Energy / PANE, pour une nouvelle perspective sur l'énergie
  34. Post Carbon Greater Moncton / Grand Moncton Post Carbone
  35. Public for the Protection of the Forests of New Brunswick / Public pour la protection des forêts du Nouveau-Brunswick, Kent County
  36. Quality of Life Initiative, Southfield
  37. Ruffed Grouse Society of Canada
  38. Rural Research Centre, Truro, NS
  39. Saint John Chapter of the Council of Canadians, Saint John
  40. Saint John Local of Cinema Politica, Saint John
  41. Sentinelles Petitcodiac Riverkeepers
  42. Sierra Club Canada - Atlantic Chapter / Sierra Club du Canada – Section du Canada Atlantique
  43. STUdents for Sustainability, St. Thomas University, Fredericton
  44. Sustainable Energy Group, Woodstock
  45. Upper Miramichi Stewardship Alliance, Ludlow
Friday, 20 January 2012 16:04

First Nations Actions

There are a lot of exciting things happening in First Nations territory.  Here in New Brunswick, the Assembly of First Nations’ Chiefs in New Brunswick has published a “Statement on Policy for the Wabanaki Forest”.

Further a field, this Magazine  has an interesting article on the Grassy Narrows law suit about the impacts clearcut logging has on the rights to hunt and fish. 

Next in the reading line up is an article from the Vancouver Sun about Attawapiskat and discussing the fact that people on reserves do not have access to sufficient resources to maintain their economies and that those resources have been appropriated by federal and provincial governments.

Join the Boreal Forest Network, the Boreal Action Project and the Winnipeg Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement in calling for a complete boycott of all Weyerhaeuser forest products until the company ceases all logging and sourcing in the contested traditional territories of Grassy Narrows First Nation, or as long as there is community opposition to those operations.

Sign the petition at:

http://borealforestnetwork.com/boycott-weyerhaueser-petition


The following notice has been served to Weyerhaeuser Canada/U.S. and the Province of Ontario:

Stop Logging in the Traditional Territory of Grassy Narrows First Nation


Take notice that until such time as you cease all logging and sourcing in these contested territories, or as long as there is community opposition to your operation in Asubpeeschoseewagong Netum Anishinaabek traditional territory (Grassy Narrows First Nation) we will be calling for a complete boycott of all Weyerhaeuser products.

According to the Whiskey Jack Forest Management Plan, 324,000 cubic meters of poplar and birch is allocated from the Whiskey Jack Forest Management Unit each year to supply the Weyerhaeuser Timberstrand/Trus Joist Kenora mill. This is 42 percent of the total allocated timber harvest from the Whiskey Jack and a full 50 percent of the wood supply for the mill.

Your withdrawal from this territory will be a significant step in preserving what remains of the intact forest which is crucial to the Anishinaabe way of life, estimated to be only 30 percent of what it was before mismanagement by logging companies.

As you know, The Ontario Superior Court of Justice recently released a lengthy decision in Keewatin v. Minister of Natural Resources (Keewatin), which held that the Province of Ontario lacked authority to “take up” lands for forestry, or other activities that may significantly infringe upon First Nations’ hunting and fishing rights, with respect to certain lands under Treaty 3 (the Keewatin Lands). This supports the position of Grassy community members who have been engaged in the longest standing blockade in Canada, at Slant Lake near their reserve, since 2002, when they stood in front of logging trucks to protect their traditional lands from further logging.

Grassy Narrows is trying to rebuild an economy and way of life that have been devastated by decades of severe environmental contamination and destruction. The people of Grassy Narrows have already made it clear that multinational logging companies like Weyerhaeuser are incompatible with their vision for the preservation and use of their territory.

A recent unfavourable independent audit contains a staggering 21 recommendations to address material “non-conformances to a law and/or policy” and “a significant lack of effectiveness in forest management activities.” The report concludes that, “forest sustainability...will not be achieved unless corrective measures are immediately taken.” This independent audit of logging in the, 964,000 hectare, Whiskey Jack Forest, from 2004-2009, clearly indicates that the forest has been mismanaged and is in decline.

We call on you to join forest products companies; Boise, Abitibowater, Domtar and Ainsworth, who have already agreed not to source conflict wood from Grassy Narrows territory.

We maintain that it is not only unsupportable, but unethical for Weyerhaeuser to resume sourcing from the Whiskey Jack, for the Kenora, Ontario, mill, that makes Weyerhaeuser iLevel Trus Joist Timberstrand Laminated Strand Lumber (LSL), or any other forest products.

Use of Public Land against the Public’s Wishes

The provincial government will be deciding this month whether to go ahead with the previous government’s plan for public forest use and conservation.  The plan that was on the table would decrease the amount of forest that is managed specifically to conserve deer wintering habitat, old forests and stream bank buffer zones.

Based upon what we have learned from DNR, this could mean a reduction of as much as 25% (one quarter) of some of these habitats.  At the same time, the amount of plantations on public land would be more than doubled to 28% of Crown forest.

The Hon. Bruce Northrup, Minister of Natural Resources, announced he will re-examine the previous plan, and will announce a new forest plan In February.


New Brunswickers have Rejected this Before

The majority of the public told the Select Committee on Wood Supply in 2004 that they do not want fish and wildlife habitat to be sacrificed to increase wood supply.  The Select Committee rejected industry’s request to put a cap on conservation zones, and instead recommended that the amount of clear-cutting be reduced.

A 2007 survey of the New Brunswick public showed that the overwhelming majority of people surveyed place highest priority on the forest’s protection of fresh water, air and wildlife habitat (Public views on forest management in New Brunswick: Report from a provincial survey).

Both the Select Committee hearings and the survey of New Brunswickers showed that our citizens expect government to stand up for what the people want, and to work with the natural forest we have.

The public also expressed they want more say in how forests are managed.  Government has still not implemented any real public consultation strategy to involve the public in the public’s forest.


Will The Government Listen This Time?  We Think Yes.

We believe there is a real opening for New Brunswickers to speak up on behalf of our forests once again.  This is a new government, and the Minister said he wants to hear more from conservationists and First Nations.

  • -Please write a letter that tells government what is important to you about our forest, and what you expect government to do.
  • -Send your letter to: Bruce Northrup, Minister of Natural Resources, P.O. Box 6000, Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1, and a copy to your MLA.   We can provide a list of MLAs if you are not sure.
  • -Make a short version of your letter and send it as a letter to the editor to your local newspaper, or one of the daily newspapers.


More detailed information can be found on the following web sites: www.acadianforest.ca; www.cpawsnb.org.

Prepared by Crown Lands Network Steering Committee (CCNB Action, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society-NB Chapter, Meduxnekeag River Society, Nature NB, Public for the Protection of the Forests of NB)

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