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Cains Crown Reserve Road Devastation

Please check out my three youtube videos showing the Cains River Crown Reserve Road devastation . It is not my intention to beat up on the forest industry in general . I have many friends and even family members who depend on these jobs and the way I see it with the obvious display of greed and disregard for the environment and unique situation such as this Crown Reserve road issue , I feel that my friends jobs are actually at risk if these practices continue .


  1. Trish Lavoie says

    Seen the deforestation myself. No need for it, at all. Very disheartening. And for what little they would have gotten for the logs, not worth cutting down 300-year-old trees (or however old some may have been) in such a pristine area. SHAME ON THE GOVERNMENT OF NEW BRUNSWICK, SHAME ON THE COMPANY THAT CUT THE THREES AND THE INDIVIDUALS WHO OPERATED THE MACHINERY. AND SHAME ON US AS NEW BRUNSWICKERS FOR LETTING SUCH PRACTICES CONTINUE!

  2. The first thing that came to me while reading your most recent post is “Don’t bite the hand of the one that feeds you”

    Why would you post any photos and videos of forest destruction if you are not ready for the replies?

    I don’t feel sorry for your friends or family members. Many people have lost their jobs in this province over the years that had nothing to do with Forestry.

    Sure there a lot of people out there that work in the forest industry. Many are going to lose their jobs. It’s a fact and it’s coming faster then you can say “Clearcut” LOL! THERE IS NOTHING LEFT TO CUT!. Have you seen some of the small trees they are hauling away. What a joke!

    The forestry companies should be going back and cutting the old plantations from the late sixties and seventies. I drove by some the other day that have trees much larger then what they are cutting on crown land.

  3. “I see it with the obvious display of greed and disregard for the environment and unique situation such as this Crown Reserve road issue”

    What do you mean by Unique Situation” Is it just because it now affects you and the road you have travelled on.

    Do you close your eyes when you drive anywhere else in this province and upon forest operations?

    Why would you bother posting any of this?

  4. I just do not understand the logic either. I have been returning to the Cains to fish the upper areas for some thirty years and it breaks my heart when I drive in each year. It used to be almost a day’s journey by half-ton to get in there. We would camp overnight and have a great fish. Now you can pretty much access anywhere on the river in an hour or less with a car and the fishing is but a shadow of what it once was.

    This is chronic. I have a camp near the Burpee Game Management Area, part of the Acadia Forest Experimental Station and once a part of the Grand Lake Meadows Protected Area. One day I was shocked on the drive into my camp to see wood piled high along the road and a clearcut butted right up to the road. More and more clearcuts appeared each year as huge swathes of the Game Preserve disappeared. This is a major deer winter yard and, no surprise, the deer started to disappear as well. I couldn’t understand how this could happen on a game preserve. I can’t hunt or trap on the land, but someone could cut every tree, shrub and bush? I checked into the cutting and I was amazed to learn that there is an allowable cut of 8000 m3 with maximum sized blocks set at 10 Hectares a year:

    Amazing! If you have to cut it, how about a couple of guys with powersaws and cable skidders doing select cutting? What’s wrong with that? I just don’t get it.

    Don’t the Irvings have a camp somewhere along the Cains? You think it would make a difference.

  5. Seneca Love says

    This is horrible news. I know how it feels to have your stomping grounds cut to a wasteland.
    In regards to Scott’s comments, with all do respect, it’s because it affects not only the local people who have seen the trees smaller years ago, but also the legitimate indigenous beings: the animals. The balance of the ecosystem is at stake, a.k.a. the larger picture. Do you realize how many animals lost their homes in those cuttings? Countless. No more huge pines for hawk nests, no more dense cover for lynx, and those are just two animals of an endless list. And how about the Cains River itself? They might as well have taken that skimpy strip of trees they left along the bank, because that buffer strip is pathetic. Buffers act as strainers on the river’s edge, catching debris and other matter that gets into runoff before it runs into the water. Well that’s not a strainer anymore, it’s basically a direct pipeline to the Cains.
    I believe Keith posted these because he wanted to raise awareness of a global issue now encompassing his residency. It has affected an unfathomable amount of living beings on this planet, including myself, you, and now Keith.

  6. Geoff Giffin says

    Hi Keith,

    Thank you for posting this. It is heartbreaking to watch because I know the area – and it is even more heartbreaking to realize that this is happening time and again along many of our rivers and streams in NB. It is disgusting!

    I will be certain share this with the Board of the NB Salmon Council. The NBSC and the ASF are very concerned that the Province is considering increasing the annual allowable cut which happens to include a reduction in buffer zones of 55,000 hectares in NB. If this goes through, we are likely to see even more of this type of thing happening. We are actively working to convince the Province to not proceed with the proposed Crown land management plan.

    I echo your call for concerned citizens to voice their objections and concerns to local MLAs, the Minister of Natural Resources, and the Ministers of other departments such as the Minister of Tourism who will undoubtedly be concerned that activities like this threaten our wild fish populations and the recreational fisheries that depend on them. We should be sharing this video with them as well.

    Will be in touch.


  7. That great looking clearcut will regenerate a new forest and grow new trees. Cutting trees is part of New Brunswick’s heritage and should continue to do so. If you stop cutting the forests everyone in NB will out of work within 12 months. Keep up the good work who ever harested those trees!

  8. Yeh, great looking clearcut, the problem is that it wont grow up in acadian forest, it will become a plantation. Gone the Acadian forest that took 10,000 years to evolve. Luc you must walk through the forest and see it only as a resource for you, board feet and pulp. What a shame. There are not enough trees in NB to feed the industrial world, it’s all going to go, then you can count your forest industry jobs. I admire this guy that posted the videos, he’s standing up for the forest, so his kids might be able to appreciate a world full of diversity. Keep at it Keith.

  9. this is happening all over the province and the irvings are doing a great job of keeping the majority of the public in the dark. we are going to have nothing left in new brunswick except for miles of plantations, but at least a few people will have temporary jobs. people that are in the woods on a regular basis need to spread the word of how this sunset industry is raping the provinces greatest asset. i think it is great that keith posted this video, i might start doing the same.

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