George Sweeney, MHA for the District of Carbonear-Harbour Grace, is asking
Natural Resources Minister Ed Byrne to explain why government has decided to
no longer issue wood cutting permits from the forestry office in Carbonear.
Residents of Carbonear and surrounding area usually obtain their wood
cutting permits from the forestry office in Carbonear. Individuals now
requesting a permit in the Conception Bay North area have been told to
travel to Whitbourne, Paddy’s Pond or Heart’s Content on specified days to
get their wood cutting permit.
"I have received several calls from concerned constituents who cut wood
to heat their homes during the winter," said Mr. Sweeney. "Unlike previous
years, these individuals are now being told that the forestry office in
Carbonear will no longer issue wood cutting permits. Office staff are
directing people to forestry offices that are as much as an hour or more
away and these people are finding it very difficult to pay for the extra gas
it is costing them to drive to these communities. There was no advance
notice that the Carbonear office would no longer be issuing permits and
residents have not been given any detailed explanation for this decision.
"I am calling on Minister Byrne to explain why this service has been
removed from the Carbonear area. If this is another service reduction in a
rural part of our province, it should be reversed immediately. Individuals
are trying to secure enough wood to get them through the winter and this
service reduction is causing them major problems."