Canadian Forest Service Publications
A snapshot of New Brunswick non-industrial forest owners in 2011: Attitudes, behaviour, stewardship and future prospects. 2012. Nadeau, S.; Beckley, T., McKendy, M.; Keess, H. Appendix 1 in A study conducted for the Private Forest Task Force. Government of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB.
Issued by: Atlantic Forestry Centre
Catalog ID: 33604
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To guide provincial forest policy, it is essential to understand the values, aspirations, practices, and perspectives of the tens of thousands of New Brunswickers’ who own forest land. Whether the issue is the fiber supply, biodiversity conservation, recreation, hunting, carbon management, forest certification, or global competitiveness, forest landowners factor into the provincial picture as they control nearly a third of the province’s forest. The last significant attempt to scientifically examine forest landowners occurred in the early 1980s, around the time of the tabling of the Crown Lands and Forest Act of 1982, which has guided provincial forest policy for the last 30 years. Norfolk and Erdle (2005) have shown that, on average, privately owned forested parcels change hands about every 18 years. As well, by some measures, generational cohorts occur every 18–20 years. Therefore, it has been nearly two generations since a systematic attempt has been made to examine New Brunswick’s forest landowners and, over that time, the average parcel may have changed owners twice.
The present New Brunswick government committed to holding a forest summit if they were elected. In November of 2010, the New Brunswick Forestry Summit was convened with the intent to develop strategies to support forest industry in the province. One outcome of that event was a desire on the part of the new government to obtain a better picture of the state of public and private forest land across the province. The government appointed and funded the Private Land Task Force (PLTF) to undertake part of this enquiry. This report, commissioned by the PLTF, presents results from a survey that was developed to provide the PLTF and the government with a profile of non-industrial forest owners in New Brunswick, including: their values, the use they make of their forest land, and their attitudes toward key forestry issues.