As part of a nation-wide initiative, New Brunswick has stepped up to the plate to double the protected land and waters in our Province. By working with partners, NB is establishing new protected areas to help keep our natural places pristine, for future generations.

Most of the protection will happen on Crown land; however, we will work with conservation organizations in the province to secure strategic private lands for permanent conservation.

Areas selected for conservation will have a specific biodiversity focus, such as: old forests, areas of high biodiversity, and unique ecosystem types. We are also interested in areas which may better adapt to or protect from climate change, sites with cultural significance, and areas that connect people with nature. 

New protected areas will help ensure New Brunswick's:

  1. Diversity of habitats, ecosystems, and landscapes are healthy and resilient into the future for species we know exist today, those not yet discovered, and those which may naturalize in the future.

    • Old forest wildlife habitats and communities, and other ecosystem types that are key to maintaining healthy populations across their range.
    • Landforms (cliffs, beaches and dunes), ecosites and geographic areas which are underrepresented in current conservation lands, particularly when they are under pressure of being developed.
    • Habitats and refugis necessary to support at-risk, sensitive or uncommon terrestrial and freshwater species.
    • Long term ecological integrity through increasing the size, boundaries, or buffers of existing Protected Natural Areas.

  2. Landscapes remain resilient to a changing climate.

    • Forests and other ecosystems which contain species anticipated to be well adapted to future climate conditions.
    • Lakes, ponds, rivers, wetlands, floodplains and surrounding lands that contribute to maintaining clean freshwater and stable flow regimes, particularly when they are under development pressure.
    • Species can move across the landscape at the local, regional, and continental scale by conserving wildlife corridors.

  3. Culturally important lands and water are preserved so that people can remain strongly connected to nature as a place to enjoy and a place to work.

    • Lands with cultural or spiritual importance, including traditional foods, medicines and materials that contribute to Aboriginal and Treaty rights, the conservation of Indigenous culture, and reconciliation.
    • Sites where nature can be experienced and enjoyed, such as waterfalls, vistas, urban forests and waterways, that outdoor enthusiasts have a strong connection with.
    • Areas for research, teaching, or study of wildlife, landscape heritage, natural history or the sustainable use of certain non-timber natural resources.


"The initiative to increase protected areas on public land is a major step to maintaining what so many New Brunswickers value."

Director of Graduate Studies
Director, NB Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit