Government Consultations on New Protected Natural Areas

The provincial government has released a map of proposed new protected natural areas for the province of New Brunswick.  There are 190 candidate sites totalling 143,000 hectares scattered throughout the province, and the government intends to select 122,000 hectares to permanently protect. They are requesting public input on which of the areas should be protected.  The result will be the protection of 8% of forested Crown land in the province protected.  Although CPAWS NB feels that this is still not enough to adequately conserve our province's natural heritage, it is important that as much is protected as possible.  We encourage all of our supporters to attend these government consultations and make their opinions known.

Open houses will be held at the following locations, from 6pm-8:30pm:

●    Fredericton, Tuesday, Oct. 16, Hugh John Flemming Forestry Centre, Main Lobby, 1350 Regent St.;

●    Edmundston, Wednesday, Oct. 17, Edmundston Convention Centre, Madawaska Room, 100 Rice St.;

●    Bathurst, Thursday, Oct. 18, Atlantic Host Hotel, Salon B, 1450 Vanier Blvd;

●    Blackville, Tuesday, Oct. 23, United Church Centre, 143 Main St.; and

●    Richibucto, Wednesday, Oct. 24, Richibucto Town Hall, 9235 Main St.

More information is available at the government website.  A map of the proposed PNAs can be found online here.  Comments may also be submitted in writing by November 15, 2012 to: Species at Risk and Protected Natural Areas Program, Department of Natural Resources, P.O. Box 6000, Fredericton, N.B., E3B 5H1.  You can also send a letter online by going here

A large map (pdf), courtesy of the government of New Brunswick, is available here