New Brunswick’s forestry industry could literally be starved out of business, unless crown lands become more productive. After years of study, the provincial government is again establishing a committee to provide further recommendations on wood supply.

In his fortnightly column in the Moncton Times & Transcript. Brian Lee Crowley explains the industry can’t wait indefinitely. He writes:

“New Brunswick has lower timber yields than its international competitors, particularly on Crown land, and there is a worsening shortage of timber to keep the province’s mills working. That uncertainty of supply makes it difficult for forestry companies to invest in new plants and equipment, and yet that new investment is absolutely crucial if New Brunswick is not to be shouldered out of the forestry business altogether by aggressive competition from the American south, Asia and South America. “

Crowley says there is a solution, and it’s right there on crown land.

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