New Brunswick government to release contracts for timber from Crown land

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FREDERICTON - New Brunswick Natural Resources Minister Paul Robichaud says he will release details of new Crown wood contracts with forestry companies.

Green party leader David Coon has called on the government to release the contract signed with J.D. Irving Ltd. for wood from Crown land.

Coon says he's concerned the contract obligates the government to compensate the company if the government can't provide access to enough timber.

Last week, the government released a 10-year forestry plan that will allow forestry companies to harvest an additional 660,000 cubic metres of softwood a year — a hike of 20 per cent from existing levels.

Robichaud says the details of contracts will be released once a series of announcements with all of the companies are complete.

Irving has announced plans to modernize sawmills in Saint John, Doaktown and Chipman, and Robichaud says announcements from other companies will be made soon.

Organizations: J.D. Irving Ltd.

Geographic location: New Brunswick, FREDERICTON, Saint John

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