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Although I live on the west coast of North America, I feel equally at home in New Brunswick, where my maternal ancestors were among the first settlers in the St. John River Valley in the late 1700's. This is the view from my cabin on the edge of the woods looking north up the Valley. Until recently this was an unspoiled mosaic of woods and patchwork fields. However, politicians decided to re-route the Trans-Canada Highway and as a result thousands of acres of woods and farmers' fields have been despoiled by a new four lane highway which is due to open in about a week's time.

Many farmers have had their farms split in two and cannot easily access the other side. But the biggest loss has been for the wild animals. New Brunswick is home to large populations of deer, moose, bear, foxes, and other creatures whose habitat has been disrupted or destroyed. A wildlife fence has been erected along the course of the new highway to protect animals from crossing. This means that the resident female bear on my hill will have to seek new habitat, as she no longer can access the lower swamp from my woods, and black bears need a minimum territory to survive.

So when the big trucks and tourists start roaring down the road you see curving below in this photo, I will not be cheering. But that is said to be progress, and indeed the new highway will be safer than the old two lane road. The animals and the farmers will just have to grin and bear it...

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