Major Contribution to Miramichi Salmon-Bartholomew River Project
Government of New Brunswick contributes $175,000
The Government of New Brunswick is partnering in the largest private land conservation project in the province’s history.
It is providing a total of $175,000 to the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) towards its Miramichi Salmon Project located on the Bartholomew River near Blackville. This project, once completed, will enlarge the recently expanded provincial natural protected area.
Participating in the announcement today were Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister Bill Fraser Nature Conservancy of Canada Program Director Paula Noel and Blackville Village Mayor Andrew Hawkes.
A total of $150,000 is earmarked from the Regional Development Corporation while $25,000 is being contributed from the province’s Environmental Trust Fund.
The Miramichi Salmon project involves the donation and purchase of five properties totaling over 2,106 acres (853 hectares) of key forest and salmon habitat near Blackville. It features over three miles (5.3 kilometres) of river frontage on the Bartholomew River.
The Bartholomew River is considered an important tributary for salmon production within the Miramichi watershed. Miramichi is world renowned for Atlantic salmon and trout fishing.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada has $100,000 remaining on its goal of completing the $1.3 million project and ensure the protection of these properties. NCC encourages individuals, and businesses to help this project get across the finish line by the end of November.
Other contributions to the project to date have come from Frank McKenna, in honor of the late Robert Kenny, Mountain Equipment Co-op, Echo Foundation and the New Brunswick Wildlife Trust Fund, along with many local residents and donors.
“We want to thank the Government of New Brunswick for its vision and support in assisting with this landmark project,” said Paula Noel, Program Director for New Brunswick with the Nature Conservancy of Canada. “Allowing the forests to grow and age on this land will provide a home for all of the wildlife that rely on forests. Protecting the forest will also improve the water quality and regulate the water temperature of the river, which helps the salmon and other fish”
“This partnership will result in the long-term protection of one of New Brunswick’s natural treasures,” said Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister Bill Fraser. “We are pleased to partner with the Nature Conservancy of Canada on this Miramichi salmon project.”
• The forested banks of the Bartholomew River are best enjoyed while drifting slowly downstream by canoe. The five kilometres of river encompassed by this project contain eight salmon pools, including the only two cold-water holding pools along the entire river. These deep holding pools are important for regulating the temperature and health of the fish as they move upstream to spawn.
• This project will add significantly to the adjacent provincial Dungarvon Whooper Spring Woodlot Protected Natural Area, creating a continuous wilderness corridor between the Dungarvon and Bartholomew Rivers that exceeds 10,000 acres (4,050 hectares).
• Three ‘at-risk’ species of birds have been identified on the property; eastern wood pewee, common nighthawk and rusty blackbird. It also provides habitat for wildlife such as moose, black bear, coyote, weasels, beaver, snowshoe hare, black ducks, teals and mallards and other waterfowl, as well as turtles and amphibians.
• The Nature Conservancy of Canada project will protect Acadian forest, the most diverse temperate forest in the world; sugar maple, spruce, yellow birch, white pine, eastern white cedar, black ash, and other types of trees grow on the properties.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada is the nation's leading land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962, NCC and its partners have helped to protect more than 2.7 million acres (over 1.1 million hectares), coast to coast. The Nature Conservancy of Canada has helped to conserve 16,003 acres (6,476 hectares) with over 30 nature reserves and more than 140 properties saved in New Brunswick. For further information visit: www.NatureConservancy.ca/NB.
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