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“We have to stop clear cutting” – Mayor St-Amour
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Nation Conservation. “But now, six years later, we’ve seen a decrease of 4.5 per cent. That’s a lot.” Following a presentation, The Nation’s mayor and councillors voiced their concerns over the matter plaguing the township. “In 10 years, there simply won’t be any more trees,” expressed councillor Marcel Legault.
matter, councillor Francis Brière expressed some concerns over the plan. “We should be careful,” he explained. “We are talking about private property.” “We don’t want to create rumours,” re- plied mayor François St-Amour. “We don’t want people to panic. We have several ideas in mind and we’ll only adopt one after we thoroughly analyzed them.” Brizard was also quick to point that 65 per cent of the clear cutting cases took place on agricultural lands. “Several municipali- ties are worried about clear cutting,” said
St-Amour. “We therefore have to make the local farmers aware of the problem.” Although councillor Marc Laflèche fa- vored the adoption of some sort of bylaw that would protect trees, he warned that council should tread carefully. “Most of our economy is based off farming,” said Laflèche. “We therefore can’t go off to war against farmers.” The South Nation Conservation, based in Finch, offers a program that contributed to the planting of 16,000 new trees last year and 8,000 new ones this year.
It seems to be happening throughout Eas- ternOntario andThe Nationmunicipality is no exception. A delegation from the South Nation Conservation recently presented worrisome
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Following a presentation by the South Nation Conservation La Nation mayor and councillors voiced their concerns over the matter plaguing the township.
statistics to township council concerning the clear cutting of trees in themunicipality. “In 2008, 30 per cent of your area was covered with trees,” explained Josée Brizard, team lead in forest resources for the South
“We have to act now.” Council is therefore considering imple- menting a bylaw that would prevent people fromcutting down their trees. But before the mayor and his colleagues could discuss the
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