Is Our Forest Really Ours?

William Parenteau

Dr. William Parenteau (Atlantic Canada, Environmental History, Canadian-American Relations, History of Sport and Leisure) studied at the University of Maine and the University of New Brunswick, where he completed his doctoral thesis on the development of the pulp and paper industry in New Brunswick.

He is a member of the editorial board of Acadiensis: Journal of the History of the Atlantic Region. His articles have appeared in Acadiensis, Forest and Conservation History, Environmental History Review, The Archivist and the Canadian Historical Review. He has contributed chapters to Trouble in the Woods: Forest Policy and Social Conflict in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick (1992), Contested Countryside: Rural Workers and Modern Society in Atlantic Canada (1994) and New England and the Maritime Provinces: Comparisons and Connections (2001).

Dr. Parenteau has presented his work in a wide range of forums including, the Atlantic Canada Studies Conference, Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association, Biennial Meeting of the American Society for Environmental History, Biennial Meeting of the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States and Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association of Geographers. He is currently working on a monograph on the history of the Atlantic Salmon Fishery in the decades after Canadian Confederation. This study will examine the impact of federal and provincial salmon fishing regulations on the four principal resource user groups (anglers, commercial net fishers, rural farmers and settlers and Native peoples) in Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

Dr. William Parenteau (Atlantic Canada, Environmental History, Canadian-American Relations, History of Sport and Leisure) studied at the University of Maine and the University of New Brunswick, where he completed his doctoral thesis on the development of the pulp and paper industry in New Brunswick.


Nicole Lang

Nicole Lang, professeure d’histoire à l’Université de Moncton, campus d’Edmundston (UMCE), a été proclamée « Personnalité Richelieu 2011 » par le Club Richelieu Edmundston, à l’occasion de la Semaine Richelieu et de la Francophonie.

La ou le récipiendaire de cet honneur est une personne qui s’est démarquée dans sa communauté par son engagement auprès de la francophonie, ainsi que dans les domaines culturel, social ou humanitaire. Madame Lang a été honorée afin de souligner son travail d’enseignement, de recherche, d’auteure et d’engagement auprès de la jeunesse.

Madame Lang est titulaire d’une maitrise et d’un doctorat en histoire de l’Université de Montréal. Elle a fait ses études de premier cycle au Centre universitaire Saint-Louis-Maillet d’Edmundston. Elle est professeure d’histoire au campus d’Edmundston depuis 1991. Ses cours portent principalement sur l’histoire de l’Acadie, l’histoire des femmes, l’histoire du travail, l’histoire du Madawaska et sur la méthodologie en histoire.

Elle est l’auteure de nombreuses conférences et communications scientifiques. Elle codirige le Groupe de recherche en histoire du travail au Nouveau-Brunswick qui conduit, en septembre 2010, à la publication du livre « Lieux historiques ouvriers au Nouveau-Brunswick », sous la direction du Comité canadien sur l’histoire du travail.

Parmi ses publications, notons le livre « Plaisance et l’île Royale 1658-1758. Deux colonies de pêche françaises au Canada atlantique », et « Histoire de l’Acadie », rédigés avec son collègue Nicolas Landry, du campus de Shippagan.

Nicole Lang est également bien connue pour son engagement envers le Regroupement féministe du Nouveau-Brunswick au sein duquel elle a été vice-présidente du Nord-Ouest en 2007-2008 et 2008-2009, puis administratrice depuis 2009.


Episode 1

English version of video available soon

This video is long -20 min- but worth every second. Don’t forget I publish the bulk of the content of my research.

Bill is very succinct about who has tremendous influence

over natural resource policy  in N.B.

The incident that spurred me to create this project

How is our Crown Forest managed today?  With interviews with Robert Dick Forest Manager with DNR and with Andrew Clark President of the N.B. Federation of Private Woodlot Owners.

Jean-Guy reminds us that, only when we New-Brunswickers regain control of our Crown Forest, will we ever receive our true share of the sustainable riches it can provide to the population.

Stephen Wyatt  explains why we need a regime change in N.B. forestry. It was designed for an industry that was relevant 32 years ago but is no longer effective to our needs.

Professor at the U.N.B. school of forestry, Tom Beckley explains how he and his colleagues conducted a public survey on the satisfaction of Crown Forest management. On the eve of the dissemination of the results, they were asked to withhold the information from the public.

Charles Thériault exposes hypocrisy at its finest. A large area of Crown Forest surrounding the Irving family fishing camp on the Restigouche river has been proposed as a protected zone, while only a few kilometres away, clear-cutting is happening on the back-steps of cottages sitting on lots of leased lands near lakes and rivers.

Charles Thériault and Andrew Clark, President of the N.B. Federation of Private Woodlot Owners, explain how some key players in our forest industry are actually corporate welfare bums. 

Scoutmaster Jean-Guy Levesque remains in a state of shock as he visits the clearcut that decimated the forest behind their scout camp.

Charles Thériault explains how two former New Brunswick politicians, were key players in creating and modifying the Crown Forest of 1982 in such a way that it allows them today to exploit it to the tune of millions

Bill Miller of Nictau N.B. tells the story of how one day he sets out to visit his maple sap camp  just to discover it was no longer there.

Don McCrea explains how the 1982 N.B. Crown Forest Act really came about and why he later refused to accept the post of deputy minister of Natural Resources.

Jeannot Volpé, former minister of Natural Resources and Finance says it is time for the people to reclaim our Crown Forest.

Why is industry leaving perfectly good marketable logs to rot in the woods? To what purpose does it serve. To cheat the owners? To bankrupt the small contractors? To eliminate competition?  It does not make sense!

Charles Thériault explains how volume cutting on Crown Lands in New Brunswick is not good for New Brunswickers.  We have to concentrate on adding value to every tree harvested.   The focus should on reducing the m3 of wood needed to create jobs. We would then create more jobs.

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Charles Theriault explains how Miramichi was once known as the forestry capital of Canada. Today due to the Crown Forest Act of 1982, it is but a shell of a community which barely has access to the Crown Forest that surrounds it. The situation is ridiculous and must be rectified.

Time to take stock of what we have learned in the past year regarding the state of our crown forest here in New-Brunswick and take a realistic view of what to expect in 2014.  Charles Thériault expects the worse is yet to happen.

Wildlife biologist Rod Cumberland explains how the spraying of herbicides is obviously a large reason why there are so few deer to be found in our Crown Forest in N.B.

Charles Thériault shows you how to use an interactive satellite map showing global clear-cuts from 2000 to 2012. You can look at the clear-cuts in your neck of the woods and determine the devastation.

Ted Robak explains that what is missing in New Brunswick, is a long term vision for its Crown forest management. A plan in place to focus on sustainability for the forest's sake.  To make sure that our children and grandchildren can benefit from our most richest renewable resource.

The mill in Sacré Coeur  (Sacred Heart) Québec went bankrupt 3 times. It was slated for dismantlement when in 1985 the community organized itself in a form of co-op and purchased the mill.  The result has been remarkably successful.

Don Bowser is an international expert on transparency and anti-corruption. Having worked many years in several hotspots of the world, he has decided to return to New-Brunswick only to find a situation which he describes as far worse than many of the countries he has dealt with.

Charles Thériault provides his response to the 2014 NB Forestry Plan  Looks like the province has given away the keys to the candy store. They are more than willing to sacrifice wilderness, forest sustainability and common sense in order to satisfy the voracious forest industry. In particular Irvings JDI

Mike Hill is the President of the Miramichi Chamber of Commerce.  He believes that each region has the right to access and determine usage of its resources in order to create economic  self sufficiency for its population.

184 profs in N.B. say: Scrap the Forest Plan

Gareth Davies, former operations manager for the Acadia Research Forest. comprised of 23,000 acres near Fredericton, details what he believes is the real state of the forest industry in New Brunswick.

Government  hands over stewardship on Crown Forest in Southern NB! How stupid is that?

The Irving group of companies pay little of no taxes in N.B. yet they depend on our government services to make profits. This episode explains how they do it.