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Nathan Wilbur , UNB

Nathan says:
July 18, 2010 at 10:33 pm
I just wanted to put it out there that there is research being done on these cold water refuges like springs and tributaries. The fish may only need the cold water a few days each summer but in a few days of 30oC water temperature the salmon population can go from good to real bad. Roads, forestry, but also other forms of development are being looked into as to their effect on cold water sources. By understanding where they are and how they work, everyone can start doing their part to protect them. I think the dead salmon people are seeing floating downriver is all the evidence we need to realize how important cold water is. And I agree with Keith that there should be more of these sources throughout the system rather than only in a few spots like Big Hole and Black Brook. It should also be said that Irving is following this research pretty closely to see how they can reduce the impacts of roads, etc., and figure out how to manage around the sources of cold water.

The problem of warm water has been recognized by many conservation groups and research groups and things are being done to figure out some solutions. Hopefully they’ll work!

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Keith says:
July 19, 2010 at 6:24 am
Hi Nathan-
I agree , of all the Canadian forestry companies , New Brunswick is lucky to have Irving . This company does more to protect than most any other in Canada . I think it is the basic philosophy in this province that forestry is more important than our environment . I think there could be much more done on private woodland operations too, i.e., better road building , and mandatory tree planting &
sivilculture .

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