THE SNB PRIVATE WOODLOT OWNER ORGANIZATIONS ARE DEDICATED TO THE SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT OF YOUR PRIVATE WOODLOT!
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We hope you find everything you are looking for to assist you in the sustainable management of your private woodlot resources.
Our Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) Department can provide you with the technical and financial assistance you need to perform a wide variety silvicultural treatments on
your private woodlot.
Check out our complete listing of all of our current markets for all of your hardwood and softwood wood products. This information is updated daily, so check back regularly to find out the latest prices and to ensure the mill is taking your products before you start cutting them.
NTFP'S & LAND STEWARDSHIP ACTIVITIES
SNB has diversified its services offered to woodlot owners over the past several years, offering variety of non-timber forest product and land stewardship related activities
The Winds of Change
The winds of change are evident. Nothing is more certain than the adage that change is inevitable. Also true is the saying that the more things change, the more they stay the same. The private woodlot sector is not immune to change even though sometimes we seem to resist it. There are other changes that we would welcome with open arms, such as the end of lawsuits against private woodlot owners.
There are many factors currently at play in the forestry industry. Efficiency seems to be the buzz word with industry and government. Efficiency has many definitions. Industry sees it as getting the most primary product at the least possible cost to them.
Private woodlot owners are also interested in being efficient. They are not however, generally willing to cut the whole woodlot in order to raise their efficiency. They have a connection to their woodlot and use alternative harvesting techniques to ensure the survival of all species, provide wildlife habitat and promote biodiversity. They harvest in an efficient manner which allows them to reap the greatest financial benefit while at the same time respecting the natural forest ecology. One never knows when some obscure plant or animal may be found to hold the cure for cancer. The values of woodlot owners have been reported to be the same values that are important to many New Brunswickers.
I feel that these values are worth protecting and that we are at a critical juncture here in New Brunswick. It is in these times that we need people to come together and speak up for these values. It is time to speak to your MLA and point out the value of Marketing Boards and small private woodlot owners. Get involved in your local marketing board; follow what is happening on the Federation of Woodlot Owners Facebook page and website. Provide words of encouragement to those who are working hard to provide service to you; provide them with new ideas. Envision the future you want and let others know what that looks like. If you wish to provide financial assistance for the legal battles that Marketing Boards are facing, talk to the Federation. We are exploring the possibility of establishing a Go Fund Me page.
If we sit quietly by and wait for others to voice our opinions, if we are not willing to take the time to speak to or write to our MLAs, we will have no one to blame but ourselves when our wishes are not materialized. If you sit back and do nothing, you should expect nothing. Be a part of the change that you want to see. Marketing Boards were established by woodlot owners standing up and demanding their rights. Marketing Boards will continue to be there if woodlot owners stand up for their rights.
While times are changing, it is still true that united we stand and divided we fall. In the words of Ernest Burke “Whilst men are linked together, they easily and speedily communicate the alarm of any evil design”. Let us remain linked together and fight for what we believe in. Let each and every one of us do what we can.
"I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do." - Edward Everett Hale
Why Forest Product Marketing Boards Exist
Forest Product Marketing Boards were established with the aim of allowing all private woodlot owners, regardless of size, to sell wood from their woodlot and to receive a standard price for the product.
Prior to the formation of the Marketing Boards there were very few buyers. These buyers could set the price paid and determined who could sell wood. Woodlot owners were not happy with the situation and saw the advantage of joining together to give them the ability to negotiate better prices, ensure that everyone received the same price and had access to the market. Woodlot owners requested the formation of Marketing Boards. Marketing Boards provided more legislated authority and a structure that allowed the group to carry out negotiations with the various forest industries. Marketing Boards are able to sign contracts for the sale of primary forest products. The Boards were formed between 1971 and 1981 and are all not-for-profit entities run by a board of directors. The directors are all woodlot owners and are elected by their fellow woodlot owners.
Marketing Boards allow smaller operations/owners to work collectively to access the market, speak with a one voice and get a consistent price for their product. Marketing Boards prevent large companies from being able to pick and choose winners and losers. Marketing Boards treat all woodlot owners the same regardless of size or location. Without Marketing Boards industry would have even greater control of the total wood supply; crown, freehold and private. There would be no collective voice to stand up for alternative forestry models, alternative uses for forest products or the policies that private woodlot owners need to ensure they continue to be a significant contributor to the New Brunswick’s rural communities.
Many family woodlots are managed for multiple uses. They are managed to provide recreational opportunities and to product forest products other than wood. Woodlot owners manage for wildlife and biodiversity. They look to optimize the value that the woodlot can provide. These are the woodlots that are located close to where New Brunswickers live. These are the woodlots that you see every day and they provide many benefits to the surrounding communities. They help to provide clean drinking water, clean air and help to reduce the impact of large rainfall events. They take carbon dioxide from the air and give back the oxygen that we breathe.
Without Marketing Boards to support small producers the large corporate entities thrive. It is important that we support Marketing Boards as they are what allow the small working woodlot and farm to continue. If you want anything other than an industrial model of forestry or agriculture then you need to support the marketing board system and tell you MLA that. This is a critical time for the future of rural New Brunswick.
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SNB Wood Co-operative Ltd.
13 Drurys Cove Rd.
P.O. Box 4473
Sussex, New Brunswick, E4E 5L6
Phone: 1-506-433-9860 / 1-888-762-1555
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