The group EcoVie of Restigouche West want to greatly thank the people of New Brunswick for their support during the peaceful plan of action, better known as “The Happy Campers.”
«We are very pleased with the impact and attention we received to inform people of the spraying problem of herbicides in our province», says André Potvin, EcoVie member.
Our work in the forest is now completed for this year since we have been advised that spraying of the forest in this region by the Acadian Timber company is now completed.
«We achieved our goal of attracting the media and informing the NB public of the dangers associated with this practice. We set out to increase public awareness and promote the impact of our cause», states François Couturier, a strong supporter of EcoVie.
We have learned a lot from this experience. There is a definite problem with the use of signs indicating the date of application. This does not give a precise date, only the beginning of the spraying operations. This puts anyone who happens to be in the forest at risk. «The issue for poor signage was raised by the Council of Canadians in Kent County last year to Dr. Cleary. Dr. Russell, who is replacing her, has not yet addressed this issue», stated Ann Pohl.
As a group, we have observed that this is a very busy season for blueberry and raspberry pickers, and eventually hazelnut harvesting. And we must remember that wildlife cannot read signs…
Our group beleives more then ever that we must continue to apply pressure to our government to stop spraying herbicides in our forests and under NB Power lines.