Newfoundlanders prep for clearcut showdown

Rating: NNNNNAt the headwaters of the Main River, near Corner Brook, Newfoundland, eco-activists are preparing for one of the biggest.


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At the headwaters of the Main River, near Corner Brook, Newfoundland, eco-activists are preparing for one of the biggest environmental showdowns in the province’s history.

They say a plan by Corner Brook Pulp and Paper to clearcut a watershed area of the river will lay waste to a 1,000-square-kilometre expanse of one of the province’s most important old-growth areas and threaten the ecosystem of an adjacent national park.

The province has accelerated its efforts to designate the Main River a heritage area and establish buffer zones to protect the site, but Main River Coalition spokesperson Peter Armitage says both the company and province have yet to respond to a call for a moratorium on logging in the area.

The company’s point person on the issue, Kevin Sheahan, was unavailable for comment, but other company spokespeople have said that efforts to stop logging will cripple the industry in the area.

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