Government of New Brunswick

While the digital map files may not be free from error or omission, care has been taken to ensure the best possible quality. The digital map files are a graphical representation of land related features which approximates the size, configuration and location of features. It is not a survey and is not intended to be used for legal descriptions or to calculate exact dimensions or area.

The New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources and Energy Development shall not be liable for any loss or damage of any kind including personal injury or death, or economic loss arising from the use of the digital map files or accompanying written materials or from errors, deficiencies or faults therein, whether such damage is caused by negligence or otherwise.

All data sets are updated daily from our database to reflect any changes that have occurred. 
Please check back periodically to see what new datasets have been added to this portal. We are continuously working to expand the list of datasets that are available; any suggestions or comments can be submitted through the survey at the top of the page.


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Table of Contents

Crown Lands: Crown Lands
  
Conservation of Biodiversity: Protected Natural Areas | Nature Legacy protected areas and Candidate Conserved Areas
  
Forestry: 2012 Crown Forest Management Plan Harvest BlocksAerial Survey Results | Pheromone Trap Maps | Spruce Budworm L2 Mapping | Deer Wintering AreasWatercourse and Wetland Buffers | Other Habitats | Forest, Non-forest and Wetlands | ReforestationStand ImprovementVegetation Management | Forest Roads
  
New Brunswick Hydrographic Network:
Coast Lines | Hydrographic Obstacles | Islands | Junctions | Man-made Structures | Named Features | Water Gauges | Waterbody | Watercourse | Watershed
  
Metallic Minerals: Mineral ClaimsMineral Occurrences | Exploration Drillholes | Exploration Trenches 

Bedrock Geology: Bedrock Geology and Bedrock Geology Relate Table | Outcrop Areas | Bedrock Geology Lines | Bedrock Geology Stations and Structural Data

Peatlands

Fish and Wildlife: Wildlife Management Zones (WMZ)Wildlife Refuges


  Crown Lands

Crown Lands

  • Description: This dataset of Crown Land includes land managed by the Department of Natural Resources and Energy Development. Creation – The data was created in the 90s using the codes from the Forest Cover data. In Early 2000 a project was undertaken to correct the errors in ownership that was present in the data. The project compared the data to that of Service New Brunswick and where there were discrepancies in DNR’s ownership some research was done to correct DNR’s data, SNB’s data or both. The data is constantly being updated as the department disposes of and/or acquires land, or new survey plans are prepared providing the location of the boundary. Other updates may be done to correct errors after some research has been done on ownership of land. Level of accuracy can vary from boundaries based on the Grant Reference Plans to a survey prepared by a Registered New Brunswick Land Surveyor. 

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  Conservation of Biodiversity

Protected Natural Areas

  • Description: Protected Natural Areas are sanctuaries that allow nature to exist with minimal human interference. They host a diversity of wildlife and plants across a range of forests, lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands. For more information, please refer to the Protected Natural Areas website.
      
  • Download as:  Shapefile  |  KML


Nature Legacy protected areas and Candidate Conserved Areas

  • Description: Nature Legacy protected areas are newly established protected areas and contribute to New Brunswick’s 10% target for protected land. Check out our “Enjoying Protected Areas” page to learn how you can enjoy these new sites

    Candidate Conservation Areas (CCAs) were generated by DNRED’s Conservation program, through ecological analyses and by considering recommendations from conservation partners and experts, and nominations from rights holders, stakeholders, and citizens. They are not protected areas yet but are sites with known conservation value and are being considered to become Nature Legacy protected areas.
     
  • Download as:
    Shapefile:  Nature Legacy protected areas | Candidate Conserved Areas
    KML:  Nature Legacy protected areas | Candidate Conserved Areas

 

 

  Forestry

2012 Crown Forest Management Plan Harvest Blocks

  • Description: Spatial location of all harvesting identified in the first 10 years of 2012 Forest Management Plans for Crown timber licenses.  Blocks are identified by broad treatment category and by the period (2012-2016 and 2017-2022) they are available for harvest.
      
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Aerial Survey Results

  • Description: Lines indicate the approximate flight path flown during aerial survey of NB forests for pests, diseases, and abiotic disturbances. Flights are conducted during clear visibility conditions, typically towards the end of June or early July. Observations are timed to optimize visibility of spruce budworm feeding characterized by reddening of current year needles on spruce and fir as they dry out.

Photo courtesy of Natural Resources Canada
   

Although budworm feeding is often the focus, all types of disturbance are recorded.

Polygons indicate the disturbances observed during the aerial survey. Wherever possible, the cause of the damage is reported from the air and ground surveys are used to confirmed agent if the stand is accessible.

Pheromone Trap Maps

  • Description: The Forest Health Section currently monitors for two insects using pheromone traps. Pheromones are the chemical signal insects created by the insect for communication. Pheromones are used for numerous types of communication. In some species they are used to call other insects together (e.g. aggregation), in some they are used to repel others (e.g. anti-aggregation), in most insects these chemical signals are very specific and unique. Scientists have been able to identify and reproduce these chemicals in many species, allowing us to monitor species presence/absences and relative abundance in pest management. For both

    a)  spruce budworm

Photo courtesy of Natural Resources Canada

and

b)  hemlock looper, 

the sex pheromone is emitted by the female to attract male moths. The Province places traps containing pheromone lures for both throughout the province.

At the end of the season, the number of moths found in the traps give an indication of population trends for that season. These result support additional monitoring efforts such as the SBW fall population forecast. The pheromone traps are useful tools, but they only provide a partial picture on populations because in the case of both spruce budworm and hemlock looper the pheromone attract the male moths only.

  • Each marker on the spruce budworm map represents three traps hung in a 40m spacing array, the value posted is the average of the three traps counted.

Hemlock Looper:

Spruce Budworm:

Spruce Budworm L2 Mapping

  • Description: Spruce budworm is the most destructive, native defoliating insect in eastern Canada. When budworm populations reach outbreak levels, significant ecological and economic damage occurs (see www.healthyforestpartnership.ca for more details). In New Brunswick, budworm populations are tracked through numerous surveys annually. In the fall, the budworm hatch from eggs, crawl to a secure location on the branches of trees and spin a small web to protect them from the winter elements. They will stay in this location, dormant, throughout the winter and into the spring of the following year before emerging to feed on the new needles of spruce and fir branches.

This life stage is known as the second larval stage or “L2” for short, and it is an ideal time to sample populations. The survey is significant task, and members of the Forest Health section are aided by regional GNB staff and forestry industry cooperators in collecting the nearly 2000 sample locations across the province. The branches from this survey are taken to Forest Health lab in Fredericton where they go through a “wash” that separates the tiny budworm from the branches. Their numbers are then counted and used to develop maps of spruce budworm populations.

These populations are used by the Healthy Forest Partnership research program to develop early intervention strategies to avoid to impacts of outbreak populations.

Deer Wintering Areas:

Description: Forested areas managed to provide severe winter habitat for herds of white tail deer on Crown lands.


Watercourse and Wetland Buffers:

Description: Buffer zones surrounding mapped watercourses and wetlands where forest activity is regulated on Crown land to maintain water quality and aquatic habitat.


Other Habitats:

Description: Designated forested stands meeting D.N.R.’s structural and spatial criteria for “Old Forest Communities” and “Old Forest Wildlife Habitats”.


Forest, Non-forest and Wetlands:

The Renewable Resource Inventory Section of the Forest Planning and Stewardship Branch is responsible for generating an updated Forest (FO), Wetland (WL), and Non-forest (NF) layer annually.  Photo interpretation of digital aerial photography (DAP) and the Canopy Height Model (CHM) derived from LiDAR are used in combination to produce these layers. The layers provided here are for New Brunswick Crown Land only. The Forest (FO) layer is displayed by Ecoregions as represented by Figure 3.  Wetlands (WL) and Non-forest (NF) are displayed for the entire Province. The Digital Aerial Photography acquisition schedule can be seen in Figure 1. The LiDAR acquisition Schedule can be seen in Figure 2.

Figure 1:

Figure 2:

 

Metadata for these layers can be downloaded from https://nbdnr.maps.arcgis.com/sharing/rest/content/items/b75088805aae416ab1dba016fc7086fb/data


Wetland:

Non-forest:

Forest:

Figure 3:


   

Regions 1 and 2:

Regions 3, 4 and 5

Regions 6 and 7:

Reforestation

  • Description: Dataset featuring the spatial location of reforestation (plantation) treatments on private woodlots and provincial Crown Lands. The dataset is a record of silvicultural treatments going back to 2005 which is used to inform the history of forest management activities on private woodlots and provincial Crown Lands. 
       
  • Download as:  Shapefile  |  KML  


 Stand Improvement

  • Description: Dataset featuring the spatial location of stand improvement (precommercial thinning, plantation cleaning) treatments on private woodlots and provincial Crown Lands. The dataset is a record of silvicultural treatments going back to 2005 which is used to inform the history of forest management activities on private woodlots and provincial Crown Lands.

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Vegetation Management

  • Description: Dataset featuring the spatial location of vegetation management (silvicultural herbicides) treatments on provincial Crown Lands. The dataset is a historical record of silvicultural herbicide treatments which is used to inform the history of forest management activities on provincial Crown lands.
      
  • Download as:  Shapefile  |  KML  
     

Forest Roads

  • Description: The data represents roads not maintained by DTI whose primary purpose is to access the forest resources on crown or private land within the province.
      
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  New Brunswick Hydrographic Network (NBHN)

Metadata for the NBHN can be downloaded from https://nbdnr.maps.arcgis.com/sharing/rest/content/items/d5f765b86027426c90c97c820c1a3309/data

Coast Lines

  • Description: Layer depicts the coastline of the province as interpreted from aerial imagery collected by the department.
      
  • Download as:  Shapefile  |  KML


Hydrographic Obstacles

  • Description: Layer depicts the coastline of the province as interpreted from aerial imagery collected by the department.
  • Download as:

Shapefile:  Points  |  Lines  |  Polygons

KML:  Points  |  Lines  |  Polygons


Islands

  • Description: Layer depicts islands, including inland and coastal islands in the ocean, of the province as interpreted from aerial imagery collected by the department.
       
  • Download as:  Shapefile  |  KML


Junctions

  • Description: Layer depicts where water flows within the network meet. Junctions are coded to indicate the kind of hydrographic network, waterbody that meet at that point.
       
  • Download as:  Shapefile  |  KML


Man-made Structures

  • Description: This feature class contains geometry representing human made structures constructed to control water levels, or to gain access to a watercourse, waterbody, or wetland.
       
  • Download as:

Shapefile:  Points  |  Lines  |  Polygons

KML:  Points  |  Lines  |  Polygons


Named Features

  • Description: Layers and table represent features with a known name identified as part of the creation of the NBHN.
       
  • Download as:

Shapefile:  Points  |  Polygon

KML:  Points  |  Polygon

     CSV File


Water Gauges

  • Description: This feature class contains point geometry that represents the location of water gauges collecting continuous water measurements. These contain attributes that identify and describe each gauge.
       
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Waterbody

  • Description: This feature class contains the waterbody polygon geometry for the New Brunswick Hydrographic Network. It contains classified waterbodies and associated attributes. The data has been collected for the entire province from a period from 2003 to present and is being continuously updated. The first release of the NBHN was in January of 2012.
      
  • Download as:  Shapefile  |  KML


Watercourse

  • Description: This feature class contains the watercourse line geometry for the New Brunswick Hydrographic Network. It contains observed streams as well as inferred centrelines representing an approximate centreline path through waterbodies and around islands within the waterbodies. The data has been collected for the entire province from a period from 2003 to present and is being continuously updated. The first release of the NBHN was in January of 2012. 
       
  • Download as:  Shapefile  |  KML
       

Watershed

  • Description: Level 2 Watersheds derived from the hydrographic features included as part of the NBHN.
       
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  Metallic Minerals

Mineral Claims

  • Description: Delineate the boundaries for mineral claims and mining leases currently held in New Brunswick.

Mineral Occurrences

  • Description: This layer contains point features that represent the locations of metallic mineral occurrences in New Brunswick. The layer provides basic data about each occurrence with a link to the more detailed web-based Mineral Occurrences database.  

For more information, please contact:
    Jolane Sorge, New Brunswick Geological Surve
    Jolane.Sorge@gnb.ca
    506-453-8881

 

Exploration Drillholes

  • Description: This layer contains point features that represent the locations of exploration drillholes in New Brunswick. Geological data collected from exploration drillholes (core) are useful for mineral exploration and bedrock mapping. These data were compiled using archived mineral assessment reports of work (1950s to present), mining lease documents, and other sources. Data accuracy is variable depending on the source.

    For more information, please contact:
        Cyndie Pitre, New Brunswick Geological Survey
        Cyndie.Pitre@gnb.ca
        506-547-2070

 

Exploration Trenches

  • Description: This layer contains point features that represent the locations of exploration trenches in New Brunswick. Geological data collected in exploration trenches are useful for mineral exploration and bedrock mapping. These data were compiled using archived mineral assessment reports of work (1950s to present), mining lease documents, and other sources. Data accuracy is variable depending on the source.

    For more information, please contact:
        Cyndie Pitre, New Brunswick Geological Survey
        Cyndie.Pitre@gnb.ca
        506-547-2070

 

  Bedrock Geology

An understanding of bedrock geology is important for applications related to (but not limited to) mineral exploration and mining, land-use planning, hazard identification, agriculture, and forestry.

For more information, please contact:
    Jolane Sorge, New Brunswick Geological Survey
    Jolane.Sorge@gnb.ca
    506-453-8881
 

Bedrock Geology and Bedrock Geology Relate Table

  • Description: This layer contains polygon features that represent geological units in New Brunswick. The associated Bedrock Geology Relate Table contains details about each map unit, including: a brief legend description, Group name, Formation name, and rock age. This layer is the result of nearly 50 years of bedrock mapping and it continues to change as new interpretations are made and more data is collected through field work and analysis.
     
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Outcrop Areas

  • Description: This layer contains polygon features that represent areas of numerous outcrop observations. These data are historical; in areas where numerous outcrop observations were recorded, rather than displaying crowded observation stations, a polygon was drawn around them. The polygons may represent areas of outcrop, or several separate outcrops in relatively close proximity. This layer can be used to supplement the legacy Station Type layer (LEGStationType).
      
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Bedrock Geology Lines

  • Description: This layer contains line features that represent linear bedrock features in New Brunswick and it is intended to be used in conjunction with the Bedrock Geology polygon features layer. The lines are the mapped surface expressions of geological features, such as faults, unconformities, and fold axes. This layer continues to change as new interpretations are made and more data is collected through field work and analysis.
     
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Bedrock Geology Stations and Structural Data

  • Description: This group of layers contains point features that represent locations where bedrock was observed and structural measurements were recorded. Structural measurements provide some indication of the geometry of bedrock units at depth. Each layer is specific to a type of observation or measurement:

Station Type (StationType) – records the location of an outcrop, subcrop, or boulder observation made by a geologist working in the field.

Primary Planar Measurements (PrimPlanarSym) – records the location, strike, and dip of primary planar structural features (e.g., bedding, dykes).

Secondary Planar Measurements (SecPlanarSym) – records the location, strike, and dip of secondary planar structural features (e.g., folds, faults, foliations, joints).

Linear Measurements (LinearSym) – records the location, trend, and plunge of linear structural features (e.g., fold axis, igneous lineations, paleocurrent lineations).

Miscellaneous Observations (MiscSym) – records the location of other geological features or observations (e.g., rock textures, gossans, sinkholes, springs).

Bedrock Samples (BedrockSamples) –records the locations where bedrock samples were collected and the reasons for collecting the sample (e.g., whole rock chemistry, thin section, assay).

These data are divided into two datasets: 2018 to Present data, and Legacy data.

2018 – Present

This dataset includes all of the layers listed above. It was compiled using a field data collection application loaded onto a GPS enabled tablet. The locations of the point data represent where an observation or measurement was made by a geologist. Additionally, each observation or measurement is linked to the StationType layer by the values in the Station_ID field.

Download as:

Shapefile: Station Type | Primary Planar | Secondary Planar | Linear Measurement | Miscellaneous Measurements | Bedrock Samples

KML: Station Type | Primary Planar | Secondary Planar | Linear Measurement | Miscellaneous Measurements | Bedrock Samples

Legacy Data

This dataset includes all of the layers listed above, except Bedrock Samples. These data are historical and were collected using a variety of methods. Additionally, because the positions of structural measurement symbols may have been moved for cartographic purposes, the locations of the structural measurements may not be accurate. It should be noted that structural measurements cannot be linked to their observation station, and the Outcrop Areas polygon layer can be used to supplement the legacy Station Type layer (LEGStationType).

Download as:

Shapefile: Station Type | Primary Planar | Secondary Planar | Linear Measurement | Miscellaneous Measurements

KML: Station Type | Primary Planar | Secondary Planar | Linear Measurement | Miscellaneous Measurements

 

Bedrock Geology Accessory Files

  • Description: There are several files that can be used to help symbolize the features in the Bedrock Geology dataset.
      
  • Font Files

NBGeoSym_Final.ttf – contains the fonts to symbolize point and line features

GSCGeology2015.ttf – contains the text fonts for geological time symbols

  • Bedrock Geology Polygon Colours

The New Brunswick Geological Survey has developed a colour scheme for the Bedrock Geology polygon features layer. The hue is based on a generalized lithotype (e.g., terrestrial clastic, marine clastic, volcanic [felsic, intermediate, mafic]). The saturation of the hue indicates the general age of the unit relative to the units around it. Saturated (vibrant) colours indicate units are older than units with less saturated (washed out) colours.

BedrockGeologyStyle2020.style – this file is compatible with Esri’s ArcMap application and can be used to symbolize point and line features (after the NBGeoSym_Final.ttf file is installed) as well as polygon features.

BedrockGeologyStyle2020.xlsx – this is an Excel file that contains the RGB values for the Bedrock Geology polygon colours.

 

  Peatland

  • Description: The peatland geodatabase consists of polygon entities that depict the perimeter of individual peatlands and point entities that locate field sample sites. Basic attribute data is provided including data that can be used to link the geographical information to several published geoscientific databases.
      
  • Download as:  
    Shapefile: Boreholes | Peatland
    KML: Boreholes | Peatland

 

  Fish and Wildlife

Wildlife Management Zones (WMZ)

  • Description: Description: Delineates the administrative units used by the NB Department of Natural Resources and Energy Development to manage populations and harvest of deer, moose, bear and furbearer species. Examples of furbearer species are beaver, muskrat, otter, mink, fox, and raccoon.

    Wildlife Management Zones were first established by Fish & Wildlife Branch in the early 1990s by combining climate, topography, geology and soils layers to identify unique zones with differences in basic landscape features relevant to wildlife. These were adjusted to boundaries easily recognized by the public. Most boundaries follow roads, rivers, lakes, streams or railroads.

    Do not confuse Wildlife Management Zones with Wildlife Management Areas and Wildlife Refuges (in the Wildlife Refuge GIS layer).

    For more information, including the latest Hunting Regulations, please see the GNB ERD website.
      
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Wildlife Refuges

  • Description: The Wildlife Refuge feature class provides the geographical boundaries (polygons) of New Brunswick's Wildlife Refuges and Wildlife Management Areas. Most of these entities were established in the mid 1900s for the management of wildlife species that were hunted, trapped or snared by providing areas where hunting, trapping or snaring could be prohibited or restricted. Some areas were included because they were recognized tourist destinations (Acadian Village and Kings Landing Wildlife Management Areas) or other areas designated for "protection". As of early 2008, hunting, trapping and snaring is not allowed in any Wildlife Refuge and some Wildlife Management Areas; while in some Wildlife Management Areas trapping and snaring are allowed but no hunting; and in other Wildlife Management Areas hunting, trapping and snaring are allowed; ie, no restrictions.

    Most of New Brunswick's Wildlife Refuges and Wildlife Management Areas were established in the mid-1900s for the management of wildlife species that were hunted, trapped or snared by providing areas where those activities could be prohibited or restricted. Some areas were included because they were recognized tourist destinations (Acadian Village and Kings Landing Wildlife Management Areas) or other areas designated for "protection". 1. 2.

    Do not confuse Wildlife Refuges and Wildlife Management Areas with Wildlife Management Zones (WMZ GIS layer).

    For more information, including the latest Hunting Regulations, please see the GNB ERD website and NB Fish and Wildlife Act Regulation 94-43.

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