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Deforestation in the Peninsula: “a sensitive issue” on the municipal agenda

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Nov25,2023

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The buffer zones along the Grande Rivière Tracadie are considered insufficient by many hunting enthusiasts and fishing.

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Deforestation in the Acadian Peninsula and the future of x27;former Tracadie shooting range will be debated in certain municipal councils in this region.

Municipal elected officials are led to reflect on these questions following the broadcast of images of deforestation and the call for regional solidarity of the mayor of Tracadie, who wants to protect the forest of the old shooting range.

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The deforested lands west of Tracadie are intended for blueberry monoculture.

The New Brunswick government wants blueberry fields to be developed on this territory, promising significant economic benefits.

It's a sensitive issue, recognizes from the outset the mayor of Neguac, Georges R. Savoie.

All around Neguac, there are many blueberry fields, therefore also, deforestation.

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The mayor of Neguac, Georges R. Savoie, is well aware that the issues of deforestation and blueberries are “sensitive”.

These questions deserve to be the subject of discussions in the municipal council, adds the mayor of Neguac.

We will have to be reasonable and listen to the points of view of different people, he said. There are people who have blueberry farms and who make a living from it. But, we also have to see where the balance will be between the number of blueberry fields and deforestation.

There are also blueberry fields all around the municipality of Hautes-Terres.

It there are many blueberry producers here. There are small, medium and large ones.

A quote from Denis Landry, mayor of the municipality of Hautes-Terres

Aware that today there are blueberry fields in the four corners of the Acadian Peninsula, the mayor of this municipality says he was not stunned by the broadcast of the images showing the extent of the blueberry fields in the region.

There are some behind Tracadie, in Lamèque, in the Shippagan region, in Maltempec, in the Caraquet region, in Saint-Léolin, at the top of Saint-Amateur and Notre-Dame-des-Érables, he specifies. There has been the development of blueberry fields everywhere, on private land as well as on crown land.

Denis Landry intends to include the issues of deforestation and the future of the former shooting range of Tracadie on the agenda for the next public meeting of the municipality, next Tuesday.

When we are going to discuss it at the Forum of Mayors of the Acadian Peninsula, I want to be informed by my population to speak on this, he explains.

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The mayor of the municipality of Hautes-Terres, a former forestry worker, recognizes that today there are blueberry fields in the four corners of the Acadian Peninsula.

Although he himself cut down numerous trees “in another life”, this ex-forestry worker considers that it is a question of finding a balance between economic development and environmental protection.

In Rivière-du-Nord, Mayor Joseph Lanteigne indicates that these subjects will be discussed during a work meeting of the municipal council.

The mayor of Shippagan, Kassim Doumbia, did not respond to our calls, as did the mayor of Île-de-Lamèque, Bernard Savoie.

On the showLa Matinale, last Wednesday, the mayor of Caraquet, Bernard Thériault, recalled that the municipal council was sovereign, specifying that' there will be a debate if the councilors want it.

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Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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