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 Departments 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.

Data accessed through the URLs on this page is drawn directly from our geodatabase at the time of access.  As such, it represents the most current data the department has available at the time of access.

Please refer to the Help documentation for your specific GIS software for instructions on how to access these services.

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

Raster Data: 
Digital Elevation Model  | Hillshade – 315 | Hillshade – 45 |  SlopeDigital Suface Model (DSM) | Digital Surface Model HillshadeOrthoimagery | Canopy Height Model  | Total Basal AreaMerchantable Basal AreaGross Merchantable VolumeGross Total Volume | Lorey's HeightNet Merchantable VolumeQuadratic Mean DiameterMerchantable Quadratic Mean DiameterTop Height
  
Vector Data:
Crown Lands
Crown Lands
  
Conservation of Biodiversity: Protected Natural Areas | Nature Legacy Protected Areas and Candidate Conserved Areas
  
Forestry2012 Crown Forest Management Plan Harvest BlocksAerial Survey ResultsPheromone Trap MapsSpruce Budworm L2 MappingDeer Wintering AreasWatercourse and Wetland BuffersOther HabitatsForest, Non-forest and WetlandsReforestationStand ImprovementVegetation Management | Forest Roads
  
New Brunswick Hydrographic Network (NBHN) : Coast LinesHydrographic ObstaclesIslandsJunctions | Man-made StructuresNamed FeaturesWater GaugesWaterbodyWatercourseWatershed
  
Metallic Minerals: Mineral ClaimsMineral Occurrences | Exploration Drillholes | Exploration Trenches

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

Peatland

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


Raster Data

Digital Elevation Model:

Hillshade – 315:

Hillshade – 45:

Slope:

Digital Surface Model (DSM):

Digital Surface Model Hillshade:

Orthoimagery:

Canopy Height Model

Total Basal Area

Merchantable Basal Area

Gross Merchantable Volume

Gross Total Volume

Lorey’s Height

Net Merchantable Volume

Quadratic Mean Diameter

Merchantable Quadratic Mean Diameter

Top Height

Vector Data

  Crown Lands

Crown Lands

   

  Conservation of Biodiversity

Protected Natural Areas

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.

 

  Forestry

2012 Crown Forest Management Plan Harvest Blocks

 

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:

 

Watercourse and Wetland Buffers:


Other 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 Forest layer provided here is for New Brunswick Crown Land only. Wetlands (WL) and Non-forest (NF) are displayed for the entire Province. It should be noted that these layers should not be confused with regulatory layers provided by other Departments, specifically, Wetland layer provided by ELG.

The Digital Aerial Photography acquisition schedule can be seen in Figure 1:        

The LiDAR acquisition Schedule can be seen in Figure 2:

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

Wetland:

Non-forest:

Reforestation

Stand Improvement


Vegetation Management

Forest Roads

  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

Hydrographic Obstacles

Islands

Junctions

Man-made Structures

Named Features

Water Gauges

Waterbody

Watercourse

Watershed

 

  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 Survey
    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

 

Outcrop Areas

 

Bedrock Geology Lines

 

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.  

Station Type: 
https://opendata.arcgis.com/datasets/81243f29b62349dabee332e8c2e6c446_0.geojson
Primary Planar: 
https://opendata.arcgis.com/datasets/81243f29b62349dabee332e8c2e6c446_1.geojson
Secondary Planar: 
https://opendata.arcgis.com/datasets/81243f29b62349dabee332e8c2e6c446_2.geojson
Linear Measurement: 
https://opendata.arcgis.com/datasets/81243f29b62349dabee332e8c2e6c446_3.geojson
Miscellaneous Measurements: 
https://opendata.arcgis.com/datasets/81243f29b62349dabee332e8c2e6c446_4.geojson
Bedrock Samples: 
https://opendata.arcgis.com/datasets/81243f29b62349dabee332e8c2e6c446_5.geojson

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). 

Station Type: 
https://opendata.arcgis.com/datasets/34ad0fb95adf49989cd8f998d0bd21c8_0.geojson
Primary Planar: 
https://opendata.arcgis.com/datasets/34ad0fb95adf49989cd8f998d0bd21c8_1.geojson
Secondary Planar: 
https://opendata.arcgis.com/datasets/34ad0fb95adf49989cd8f998d0bd21c8_2.geojson
Linear Measurement: 
https://opendata.arcgis.com/datasets/34ad0fb95adf49989cd8f998d0bd21c8_3.geojson
Miscellaneous Measurements: 
https://opendata.arcgis.com/datasets/34ad0fb95adf49989cd8f998d0bd21c8_4.geojson

  

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

 

Peatland

  Fish and Wildlife

Wildlife Management Zones (WMZ)

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.
      
  • WMS Service (GIS access only)https://gis-erd-der.gnb.ca/server/services/OpenData/WildlifeRefuge/MapServer/WMSServer?
  • WFS Service (GIS access only)https://gis-erd-der.gnb.ca/server/services/OpenData/WildlifeRefuge/MapServer/WFSServer?
  • ArcGIS Serverhttps://gis-erd-der.gnb.ca/server/rest/services
  • Folder: OpenData
  • Name: Wildlife Refuge
  • Map Service: https://gis-erd-der.gnb.ca/server/rest/services/OpenData/WildlifeRefuge/MapServer
  • Feature Service: https://gis-erd-der.gnb.ca/server/rest/services/OpenData/WildlifeRefuge/FeatureServer