Rose Pogonia Orchid, Comeau Settlement, NB (Photo by NCC)

Rose Pogonia Orchid, Comeau Settlement, NB (Photo by NCC)

Nature Conservancy of Canada receives gift of coastal land on Acadian Peninsula

April 28, 2021
Neguac, New Brunswick


The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is announcing some good news for the province’s natural environment. The not-for-proft charity has received a generous land donation on the Acadian Peninsula in northeast New Brunswick.

The property is 11.5 hectares (28 acres) of peat bog and forest in Malpec. The donated land is close to where a tidal creek meets the shores of Neguac Bay.

The land was generously donated by Ivan Savoy and is next to other properties that NCC has conserved in the area, bringing this protected area to 35 hectares (88 acres). This is the fourth donation by the Savoy family at this site. The larger protected area includes coastal salt marsh and shoreline on Neguac Bay. The project was also made possible with funding from private donors, along with the support from the Government of Canada’s North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP). It was also supported by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act.

The Neguac Sandspit, in Neguac Bay, is recognized as an Important Bird Area and hosts one of the Maritimes’ widest sandspit dune system where the nationally endangered piping plover have been recorded. Other bird species in this area include common tern, osprey and great blue heron. The site also features a variety of trees, including black spruce, jack pine, eastern white cedar and tamarack. 

The property is located on the traditional territory of the Mi’gmaq Nation.


“The Savoy family was happy to donate land that has been in the family for over 100 years. It can be enjoyed by everyone, but the main reason was for the preservation of nature. This donation honours our parents, Marguerite and Wilmer Savoy.” 

- Ivan Savoy, land donor.

“We are pleased to expand this important conservation area and are thankful to land donor Ivan Savoy for his vision and generosity. It is the fourth land donation we have received in this area, all from Savoy family members, and we are grateful to Mr. Savoy and the rest of the family for their confidence in our conservation and stewardship of this special corner of New Brunswick.”

- Denise Roy, New Brunswick Conservation Representative, Nature Conservancy of Canada

“By working with partners like the Nature Conservancy of Canada we are protecting our valuable natural environments in New Brunswick and across the country. Through programs like the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, we are making progress to secure declining wetlands, protect biodiversity and species at risk, and conserve a quarter of Canada’s land by 2025.”

– The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change


• Peat is commercially harvested nearby and is important in protecting intact peatlands, which support rare and at-risk species. Peatlands also provide key ecosystem services, such as holding and filtering fresh water and absorbing and storing carbon.


The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is the nation's leading not-for-profit, private 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 conserve 14 million hectares (35 million acres), coast to coast to coast, including over 33,588 hectares (83,000 acres) in the Atlantic provinces. To learn more, visit natureconsercancy.ca.

‘The North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) is a tri-national (Canada, United States of America, and Mexico) partnership, composed of federal, state, provincial, territorial and municipal governments, non-governmental organizations, industry, and private individuals. The NAWMP has laid the foundation for international cooperation in the recovery of declining waterfowl populations by securing, restoring, and sustainably managing wetlands and associated upland habitats. To learn more, visit nawmp.wetlandnetwork.ca/.

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