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Answering Your Questions About Our Forests

Our forests are important to all of us. For generations, Canadians have used our forests to build the homes we live in and make the products we use every day. Taking good care of this resource for us all is very important to our communities, our environment, and our economy.

How are forests managed?

As a forestry leader in the world, Canada has great expertise in forest management and an active research and science community. Learn more about the overall cycle of forest management, and the methods used to ensure forests are given the best possible conditions to grow productively and sustainably.

Dr. Doug Pitt
Former Research Scientist, Natural Resources Canada-Canadian Forest Service

Myths & Facts

  • MYTH: Forest harvesting isn’t sustainable

    FACT: Less than 2% of New Brunswick’s forests are harvested every year. There are professionals who prepare long-term (100 year) plans to make sure our forests are managed for future generations.

  • MYTH: The forest industry uses too much herbicide

    FACT: Herbicides, such as glyphosate, are only applied to 0.3% of New Brunswick's forests annually. And designated areas are only treated 1–2 times in their 40-60-year life cycle.

  • MYTH: Herbicides pollute drinking water

    FACT: There are many regulations in place to ensure the use of herbicides is done safely around ground and drinking water sources. Long-term water testing in drinking watersheds has not detected the presence of herbicides, such as glyphosate, in groundwater.

  • MYTH: Herbicides are harmful to animals and humans

    FACT: Glyphosate—the most commonly used herbicide in the New Brunswick forestry industry—works on plant-specific enzymes that humans and animals don’t have, which means there are no negative effects of glyphosate on humans or wildlife.

  • MYTH: Glyphosate causes cancer

    FACT: The World Health Organization considers glyphosate in the same category of hazards as red meat, hot beverages, shift work, and burning wood. When used according to label instructions, glyphosate does not pose a cancer risk.

  • MYTH: Treating the forest is harmful to deer populations

    FACT: Deer populations are well adapted to move around and feed on the best food available. There is still lots of food for deer in treated forests. A scientific study tracking 140 deer and their movements is under way right now which will give us even more information.

  • MYTH: The use of herbicides is not necessary

    FACT: Managing our forests is a complex process that requires many different methods. The use of herbicides is just one tool we use to ensure our forests are healthy, sustainable, and productive.

What Research is Happening?

Project Highlight: Deer Study

Good science contributes to better forestry. The largest ever study of white-tailed deer is currently underway, to gain a better understanding of the impact of forestry practices on deer populations throughout northeastern North America.