CPAWS welcomes release of Newfoundland sustainable forest management strategy

  • Published on Nov 13 2014 |
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St. John's - The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) welcomes the release of the Newfoundland sustainable forest management strategy today by the provincial government.  The strategy contains important policies for ecosystem-based forestry and the sustainable use of the forest resource.

"The release of this strategy is an important step in the right direction", says Ian Goudie, of the Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter of CPAWS. "The revised forest strategy is an improvement over the previous version, and sets important direction for the protection of large intact landscapes and better management of the working forest".

Of particular significance in the strategy is the protection of large intact landscapes, which occur mostly along the South Coast and central portion of the island, northward toward the Northern Peninsula. Policies contained in the forest strategy create a substantial zone for the protection of large intact landscapes, roughly 4 million hectares in size (approximately 35% of the island), which is essentially off-limits to industrial scale forestry activities.

"The protection of large intact landscapes is a leading principle of forest conservation," says Chris Miller, National Conservation Biologist for CPAWS. "The government of Newfoundland and Labrador is showing clear leadership in helping to ensure big wilderness remains on the island in perpetuity".

Policies contained within the sustainable forest management strategy would preclude the construction of logging roads, the use of mechanical harvesting equipment, and cuts over five hectares in size from occurring within the large intact landscape area.  These areas will be managed primarily for the inherent ecological value of landscapes with minimal human activity.

There are added conservation benefits as well.  The zone for the protection of large intact landscapes occurs geographically where there is substantial overlap with important caribou habitat.

"By ensuring this substantial portion of the island remains unfragmented by industrial forestry activities, caribou will have a better chance at long-term survival," says John Jacobs of the Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter of CPAWS.

CPAWS is a signatory of the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement, which brings together environmental groups with forest companies to work together  to protect the boreal forest while sustaining the forest industry.  The Newfoundland and Labrador regional working group of the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement is made up of representatives of the forest products industry and conservation groups, working in consultation with First Nations, government scientists, and others toward sustainable forest management practices.

We would like to acknowledge that the large intact landscape zone contains three important contributions from within the forest tenure of Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Ltd.  CPAWS thanks the company for volunteering these areas for the protection of large intact landscapes and caribou.

With today's release of the sustainable forest management strategy, the Newfoundland and Labrador Government becomes one of the first jurisdictions in Canada to develop land-use policies specific for the protection of large intact landscapes.

 

To view the full provincial strategy, click HERE

Contact:

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter
Gathering Place, Suite 301C
172 Military Road
St. John's, NL
A1C 5P5

Ian Goudie, Ph.D.
iangoudie@nl.rogers.com

John Jacobs, Ph.D.
jjacobs@nl.rogers.com

Chris Miller, Ph.D.
cmiller@cpaws.org