March 14, 2005

JD Irving fined, ordered to re-plant trees on woodlot designated as protected

FREDERICTON, NB-JD Irving's Four Corners, NB operation was fined $1,000 and ordered to revegetate a harvested woodlot after pleading guilty to a charge under the provincial Clean Water Act. The company was hired by a private woodlot owner to harvest a block at Osborne Corner, which lies within the protected area of the Turtle Creek Watershed. The designation order, which restricts harvesting activities in protected areas, requires that an unharvested 50-metre buffer be maintained along property lines. The company cut the entire parcel between late December 2003 and January 2004, and did not leave the required buffer. In December 2004, the Department of Environment and Local Government charged JD Irving with failing to comply with a requirement contained in the Watershed Protected Area Designation Order under the Clean Water Act. The company has agreed to revegetate the property with native tree species, and will complete the work by June 1, 2005.

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