SUSTAINING FOREST RESOURCES
To ensure a forest in New Brunswick's future, the A.R.P.F.N.B. supports a comprehensive planning approach to managing all forest resources, and using scientifically based information, balancing biological sustainability with individual and social needs. This can be achieved through proper measures of conservation, protection and forest renewal.
In respect to Sustaining Forest Resources, the A.R.P.F.N.B. supports:
A level of conservation that maintains appropriate levels of landscape and biological diversity.
Efforts to protect the forest resources from such destructive agents as insects, diseases, fire, pollution, erosion and unauthorized or irresponsible harvesting operations.
Scientifically acceptable harvesting and silviculture systems which assure the renewal and sustainability of all forest resources.
UTILIZING FOREST RESOURCES
The A.R.P.F.N.B. believes that the forests of New Brunswick should be managed following the "best-end-use" approach, giving equal value to both consumptive uses (fibre, sugar bush, Christmas trees, etc.) and non-consumptive uses (recreational, special reserve and educational areas, etc.) This can be accomplished through land use planning, appropriate harvesting practices, and efficient allocation and processing of raw materials.
In respect to the utilization of forest resources, the A.R.P.F.N.B. supports:
Land Use Planning
Balancing patterns of land use between areas designated for intensive management for wood fibre and other consumptive uses with those designated for recreational, special reserve areas and educational areas.
Applying appropriate harvesting methods that maximize yields in those forest areas designated for consumptive uses.
Allocation of Forest Resources
Allocating raw materials to their "best-end-use".
Processing of Raw Material
Matching processing to the raw materials for optimal social and economic benefit.
UNDERSTANDING FOREST RESOURCES
The A.R.P.F.N.B. is committed to the pursuit of a thorough knowledge and understanding of the factors at work in the forest environment.
In respect to such pursuit the A.R.P.F.N.B. supports:
Teaching the place of forestry in society from primary through secondary, technical, and university levels.
Research and Development
Adequate funding for research and development in forest resource matters.
An open communication approach to forest resource management in which the people of the Province and the members of the Association are consulted with and informed about management issues and concerns that require attention.
Qualified membership aware of the changing values and attitudes of society towards the forest resources, and conduct themselves in an ethical manner, in accordance with the following documents:
1. Forestry Principles for Canadian Forestry Professionals,
2. Standards of Practice for Canadian Forest Professionals,
3. New Brunswick Professional Forester's Code of Ethics.