Salt marsh, Escuminac Nature Reserve, NB (Photo by NCC)

Salt marsh, Escuminac Nature Reserve, NB (Photo by NCC)

Nature Conservancy of Canada protects wildlife habitat on Miramichi Bay

February 2, 2017
Barryville, New Brunswick


In recognition of  World Wetlands Day, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is announcing the permanent conservation of freshwater bogs and a large coastal salt marsh in Barryville, near Miramichi. More than one third of the 264-acre (107-hectare) property on the shore of Grand Dune Inlet is made up of wetlands that provide valuable habitat for a wide range of wildlife.

The property also contains forest of eastern white cedar and black ash, as well as black spruce, jack pine and white pine. Several orchid species can be found on the property, including the white-fringed orchid, an uncommon plant in New Brunswick.

All salt marshes in New Brunswick have been identified by the provincial government as significant wetlands because of their value as wildlife habitat and because more than 60 percent of the salt marshes in the Maritimes have been lost to draining or development. The saltmarsh and forested wetlands on this remote property provide excellent habitat for many species of songbirds, shorebirds and waterfowl. Migrating waterfowl in particular find food and refuge in Grand Dune Inlet.

Ducks likely to be found here include: American black duck, American wigeon, Canada goose and common merganser. The property also provides habitat for large mammals such as moose and black bear.

This conservation project is the third in northern New Brunswick announced by NCC in the past eight months: in November 2016, NCC expanded its nature reserve on Miscou Island, and last June, NCC protected 2,106 acres (852 hectares) on the Bartholomew River, near Miramichi.

The Barryville conservation project was supported by funding from the Government of Canada through the Natural Areas Conservation Program, the Government of New Brunswick through the Regional Development Corporation, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service under the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, along with individual donors.


 “The Nature Conservancy of Canada wishes to thank the Government of Canada, the Province of New Brunswick and our many supporters, for helping us conserve this valuable wildlife habitat.  NCC is very pleased to be able to add this site to the network of wetlands we’ve protected around the province.”

Paula Noel, New Brunswick Program Director, Nature Conservancy of Canada

“Through the Natural Areas Conservation Program, the Government of Canada works with the Nature Conservancy of Canada and its partners to protect important wildlife habitat across the country. Today, on World Wetlands Day, I am proud that we are supporting the conservation of additional wetlands in New Brunswick. Protecting these lands will help reduce the impacts of storms and rising sea levels associated with climate change.”

Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

“On World Wetlands Day, the Government of Canada is pleased to partner with the Nature Conservancy of Canada to once again demonstrate our shared commitment to the protection of wetlands on beautiful Miramichi Bay. This initiative will conserve the natural heritage of the area and benefit the many species of wildlife that make it their home.”

Pat Finnigan, Member of Parliament Miramichi-Grand Lake


  • World Wetlands Day is celebrated every year on February 2 to mark the 1971 adoption of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance in Ramsar, Iran; 90 percent of United Nations’ member states have become contracting parties to the Convention on Wetlands.
  • New Brunswick has three of Canada’s 37 Ramsar sites, including the Tabusintac Lagoon and River Estuary, located approximately 25 kilometres northeast of the Barryville project. NCC has protected over 1,000 acres (405 hectares) of land around the Tabusintac Estuary.
  • The theme for World Wetlands Day 2017 is the importance of wetlands for disaster risk reduction, highlighting the vital role of healthy wetlands in reducing impacts of extreme events such as floods, hurricanes and droughts.
  • Some of the funding for this conservation project was provided under the North American Wetlands Conservation Act to secure significant habitat for migratory species of birds.


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 2.8 million acres (more than 1.1 million hectares), coast to coast. The Nature Conservancy of Canada has conserved more than 71,000 acres (28,700 hectares) in the Atlantic provinces.  For more information, visit

The Government of Canada's Natural Areas Conservation Program (NACP) is a unique public-private partnership led and managed by the Nature Conservancy of Canada. To date, the Government of Canada has invested $345 million in the NACP to ensure the conservation of our natural heritage. Additionally, NCC and its partners have raised more than $500 million in matching contributions to invest in the program.

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