• Blue Signs Lurking in the Woods


    Do you ever stumble across a blue “protected natural area” sign when you are hiking in the woods? I do. And I always wonder what protected area I’m in. And whether I’m entering it, or leaving it.

    So, what on earth is a protected area? Protected areas are preserves for nature and wildlife habitat. People can use them for recreation, like hiking, and, in most protected areas in NB, for fishing and hunting too. Industrial activities like forestry and mining are not allowed.

    In New Brunswick, 4.7% of the land is currently protected areas. 4.7% sounds pretty good - until you take into account the fact that Canada has signed the international Convention on Biological Diversity and is committed to protecting 17% by 2020. Hmmm, that’s only 3 years away. And how do we stack up against the other provinces? Well, we are second to last, with only PEI trailing behind us.

    To learn some tips from other provinces, three were invited to a workshop last February. Of the three, Alberta is in the lead with an impressive 14.4% of its land protected, Nova Scotia next with 12.16% and Quebec has 9.16%. New Brunswick is similar to Nova Scotia, about the same size and about half of the province is Crown land. Surely with all this Crown land in NB we can do our fair share to preserve nature and wildlife habitat for future generations. If they can do it Nova Scotia, we can too!

    At the protected areas workshop, participants from conservation groups, universities, First Nations, government, municipalities and business generated new ideas to get New Brunswick to the international benchmark. Read the report of the workshop to find out more! Tell us what you think!


  • Citizen Science from the School Yard to Protected Natural Areas

    Jacquet River Gorge Protected Natural Area
  • Cour doit poursuivre des audiences dans l’affaire du parc provincial Mont Carleton cette semaine

    POUR DIFFUSION IMMÉDIATE                                                                                                 Le 12 juin 2017

    Cour doit poursuivre des audiences dans l’affaire  du parc provincial Mont Carleton cette semaine

    Renseignements obtenus de l’APECA déséquilibre les déclarations du gouvernement

    Selon la Cour suprême du Canada, le gouvernement doit agir «avec honneur et intégrité, et éviter la moindre apparence de ‘manœuvres malhonnêtes’» dans ses rapports avec les peuples autochtones.

    «Pourtant, ce n’est pas comme ça que le gouvernement du Nouveau-Brunswick agit», affirme le Grand Chef Ron Tremblay, un des auteurs de la demande de révision judiciaire dans l’affaire de la décision prise par le gouvernement du Nouveau-Brunswick d’aménager un centre de services pour motoneiges au parc provincial Mont Carleton.

    Au moment où ce projet a été annoncé, on y mentionnait des dameuses, un sentier désigné menant au sommet du mont Carleton et deux nouveaux ponts pour motoneiges.

    «Les deux nouveaux ponts pour motoneiges sont les pièces maîtresses de ce projet; c’est ce qui fait le lien avec le reste du projet», affirme Jean Louis Deveau, l’autre demandeur de révision judiciaire.

    Une demande d’Étude d’impact sur l’environnement (ÉIE) pour ce projet a été déposée en septembre 2016. A l’époque le gouvernement a soutenu que les ponts n’étaient pas considérés comme faisant partie du projet.

    Cependant, des renseignements obtenus récemment de l’Agence de promotion économique du Canada atlantique (APÉCA) en vertu de la Loi sur le droit à l’information et la protection des renseignements personnels indiquent que la demande de financement faite à l’APÉCA par la partie requérante incluait des fonds pour construire les deux ponts qui sont au centre de la controverse. Et il est de fait que le financement pour les ponts figure dans le contrat conclu entre les requérants et l’APÉCA.

    Le Grand Chef Tremblay conclut qu’ «à la lumière de ces nouveaux renseignements, c’est évident que le gouvernement n’agit pas avec honneur et intégrité».

    La cour doit poursuivre les audiences dans cette affaire le 13 juin à Woodstock. Une campagne de financement participatif (https://www.gofundme.com/27ru624) a été entreprise en juin 2016 pour aider à payer les frais juridiques.

    La Loi sur les parcs (2014) stipule qu’avant que l’on puisse procéder à tout développement dans un parc provincial, celui-ci doit être doté d’un plan de gestion basé sur un plan de zonage. Or pour le parc Mont Carleton, il existe un plan de zonage mais pas de plan de gestion.
  • CPAWS NB is hiring a Conservation Assistant

    Are you interested in helping the public understand nature conservation issues?

    Do you want to have a job where you make a difference for nature?


    Position Type:This is a full-time term position for six months, with the potential to become permanent depending on funding

    Salary range: $17/hr – $19/hr to start, depending on qualifications

    Location: Fredericton, New Brunswick (remote work negotiable within New Brunswick)

    Deadline:  June 19, 2023 (we will be reviewing applications and setting interviews as they come in, so please apply early)

    Start Date:late June, or as soon as can be arranged


    CPAWS NB is New Brunswick’s Voice for Wilderness
    The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – New Brunswick Chapter (CPAWS NB) is the provincial branch of a national conservation organization. For over 19 years, we have worked to advocate for the wilderness that New Brunswickers love, and the natural areas we all need. Our mission is to conserve the land, water and wildlife of New Brunswick for current and future generations of wildlife and people. We work on the lands and waters of the peoples of the Wabanaki Confederacy, including the Wolastoqey, the Mi’gmaq, and the Peskotomuhkati communities, and we believe we all have responsibilities to each other, and to nature. 

    Learn more about CPAWS NB and the work we do: https://cpawsnb.org/


    Job Overview
    CPAWS NB is looking for an enthusiastic young leader, with a passion for nature and the ability to work as a key part of our environmental organization’s team. The job will generally be based out of Fredericton; however, we are flexible about hybrid or remote work options with occasional travel to Fredericton. The flexibility to work from home is an option, and we offer a generous paid vacation (on top of paid time off between Christmas and New Year). After you have completed a probationary period, you will qualify for health and dental benefits plan. We are dedicated to offering a good work-life balance and a motivating team environment.

    Responsibilities include:

    1. Undertaking research and writing on various topics related to CPAWS NB nature conservation campaigns, both terrestrial and marine.
    2. Compiling research findings into shared documents and drafting easy to understand reports. This may include key message documents or briefing notes.
    3. Helping staff to network and coordinate meetings, activities, and events with other ENGOs, Indigenous organizations, community groups and tourism leaders to maintain relationships, build potential collaborations and explore options for protecting nature on land and sea.
    4. Collaborating with CPAWS NB team members on conservation campaign projects, which may include travel to meetings, workshops, and public events.
    5. Assisting in the design, creation, or revision of promotional and education materials for outreach activities related to conservation campaigns and events and writing and posting to social media.
    6. Helping with fundraising applications, reporting to funders, and tracking progress on projects.

    Required qualifications:

    • Must be under the age of 30.
    • Must be a resident of New Brunswick or a First Nation community in New Brunswick, and a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection applies.

    We are looking for someone with as many of the following skills, qualifications, or equivalent experiences as possible. We encourage you to apply if this sounds like you:

    • A background in Environmental Studies, Outdoor Education, Natural Sciences, Communications, STEM, or a related field with an interest in working in the conservation sector.
    • Experience and interest in conservation issues and communicating complex topics to the public.
    • Well-developed research skills and the ability to synthesize information to share with a variety of audiences (e.g. environmental professionals, government staff, community leaders).
    • Basic understanding of conservation and nature issues in New Brunswick.
    • Ability to communicate fluently in both of New Brunswick’s official languages is a strong asset for this position.
    • Proficiency with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Canva and/or other similar software, and well-developed online communications skills with various social media platforms.
    • Exceptional organizational skills and ability to track and report on the details of various aspects of projects.
    • Experience with event planning, fundraising, or writing applications is a strong asset.
    • Proven leadership abilities, ability to take initiative, ability to work independently with limited supervision and to develop own work plan to achieve assigned project tasks.
    • Ability to work some weekends and evenings for public events.
    • Priority will be given to Indigenous peoples, women studying in the STEM fields, LGBTQ+ persons, persons with disabilities and students who are members of visible minorities. Candidates have the option of identifying themselves as one of these groups on their application, if they so choose.

    Salary and Benefits:

    • Full-time contract position for six months with the potential to become a permanent position.
    • 35 hours per week; paid personal days, paid vacation, potential to enroll in medical/dental benefits on completion of a three-month probationary period.
    • Hourly wage: $17 – $19/hr, depending on qualifications.
    • Anticipated Start Date: Late June 2023



    If you got excited when you read this job description and think this position is a good fit, we want to hear from you right away! We will review applications on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply early.

    Please indicate in your cover letter how you meet these qualifications and why you think you would be a good fit for this position with CPAWS NB. Send your RÉSUMÉ AND COVER LETTER IN ONE FILE to asmithson@cpaws.org.

    We thank all candidates for their interest in the position, but only candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted. No phone calls please.

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  • La SNAP N-B embauche un(e) assistant(e) de conservation

    Souhaitez-vous aider le public à comprendre les enjeux liés à la conservation de la nature?

    Voulez-vous avoir un emploi qui vous permet d’améliorer la nature?


    Emploi :Il s’agit d’un poste à plein temps d’une durée de six mois, avec la possibilité de devenir un poste permanent, selon le financement.

    Salaire :Entre 17 $ et 19 $ l’heure, selon les qualifications

    Lieu de travail : Fredericton, Nouveau-Brunswick (possibilité de travail à distance, ailleurs au Nouveau‑Brunswick, négociable)

    Date limite : le 19 juin 2023 (nous examinerons les demandes et organiserons les entrevues à mesure qu’elles nous parviendront, alors faites votre demande au plus tôt)

    Date de début :fin juin, ou dès que possible


    La SNAP NB est porte-parole du Nouveau-Brunswick en matière de protection des milieux sauvages.

    La Société pour la nature et les parcs du Canada – Chapitre du Nouveau-Brunswick (SNAP NB) est la section provinciale d’un organisme national de conservation. Depuis plus de 19 ans, nous nous efforçons de défendre les milieux sauvages que la population apprécie et les espaces naturels dont nous avons tous besoin. Notre mission est de conserver la terre, l’eau et la faune du Nouveau-Brunswick pour les générations actuelles et futures d’animaux sauvages et d’humains. Nous travaillons sur les terres et les eaux des peuples de la Confédération Wabanaki, y compris les nations Wolastoqey, Mi’kmaq et Peskotomuhkati, et nous avons tous des responsabilités les uns envers les autres et envers la nature.


    Aperçu du poste

    La SNAP NB est à la recherche d’une ou d’un jeune leader enthousiaste, ayant une passion pour la nature et capable de travailler en tant que membre clé de notre organisation environnementale. Le travail se fera généralement à partir de Fredericton; cependant, nous sommes flexibles en ce qui concerne les options de travail hybride ou à distance, moyennant des déplacements occasionnels à Fredericton. Le travail à domicile est une option, et nous offrons de généreuses vacances payées (en plus des congés payés entre Noël et le Nouvel An). Après une période d’essai, vous serez admissible à un régime de soins médicaux et dentaires. Nous nous efforçons d’offrir un bon équilibre entre la vie professionnelle et la vie privée et un milieu de travail en équipe stimulant.

    Responsabilités :

    1. Entreprendre des recherches et écrire sur divers sujets liés aux campagnes de conservation de la nature de la SNAP NB, tant terrestre que marine.
    2. Regrouper les résultats des recherches dans des documents partagés et rédiger des rapports faciles à comprendre. Il peut parfois s’agir de messages clés ou de notes d’information.
    3. Aider le personnel à établir des réseaux et à coordonner des réunions, des activités et des événements avec d’autres ONGE, des organisations autochtones, des groupes communautaires et des chefs de file en tourisme afin d’entretenir des relations, d’établir des collaborations potentielles et d’explorer des options pour la protection de la nature sur terre et en mer.
    4. Collaborer avec les membres de l’équipe de la SNAP NB sur des campagnes de conservation. Pour ce faire, il faudra parfois se déplacer pour assister à des réunions, des ateliers et des événements publics.
    5. Aider à concevoir, créer ou réviser du matériel promotionnel et éducatif pour les activités de sensibilisation liées aux campagnes et aux événements de conservation, et rédiger et afficher des messages sur les médias sociaux.
    6. Contribuer à l’élaboration de demandes de financement, à la rédaction de rapports à l’intention des bailleurs de fonds et au suivi des progrès réalisés dans le cadre des projets.

    Qualifications requises :

    • Avoir moins de 30 ans.
    • Résider au Nouveau-Brunswick ou dans une communauté de Premières Nations du Nouveau‑Brunswick, avoir la citoyenneté canadienne ou la résidence permanente ou avoir obtenu le statut de réfugié(e) au Canada.

    Nous recherchons une personne possédant le plus grand nombre possible des compétences ou des qualifications suivantes ou d’expériences équivalentes. Nous vous encourageons à postuler si les qualités suivantes s’appliquent à vous :

    • Une formation en études environnementales, en éducation de plein air, en sciences naturelles, en communications, en STIM (science, technologie, ingénierie et mathématiques) ou dans un domaine connexe, avec un intérêt pour le travail dans le secteur de la conservation.
    • Expérience et intérêt pour les questions de conservation et la communication de sujets complexes au public.
    • Compétences de recherche bien développées et capacité à synthétiser des informations pour les partager avec divers publics (par exemple, professionnels de l’environnement, personnel gouvernemental, dirigeants communautaires).
    • Compréhension de base des questions relatives à la conservation et à la nature au Nouveau‑Brunswick.
    • La capacité de communiquer couramment dans les deux langues officielles du Nouveau‑Brunswick est un atout important pour ce poste.
    • Maîtrise des programmes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Canva et/ou d’autres logiciels similaires. Bonnes compétences en communication en ligne sur diverses plateformes de médias sociaux.
    • Sens exceptionnel de l’organisation et capacité à suivre les détails de divers aspects de projets et à en rendre compte.
    • Une expérience de la planification d’événements, de la collecte de fonds ou de la rédaction de demandes de fonds est un atout important.
    • Capacités de leadership avérées, esprit d’initiative, capacité à travailler de manière autonome avec une supervision limitée et à élaborer son propre plan de travail pour mener à bien les tâches assignées.
    • Capacité à travailler certaines fins de semaine et certains soirs dans le cadre d’événements publics.
    • La priorité sera donnée aux membres de peuples autochtones, aux femmes étudiant dans les domaines des STIM, aux personnes LGBTQ+, aux personnes handicapées et aux étudiant(e)s appartenant à des minorités visibles. Les candidates ont la possibilité de s’identifier comme l’un de ces groupes dans leur candidature, le cas échéant.

    Salaire et avantages :

    • Poste contractuel à plein temps pendant six mois avec la possibilité de devenir un poste permanent.
    • Trente-cinq heures par semaine; journées personnelles payées, congés payés, possibilité d’adhérer aux avantages médicaux et dentaires à l’issue d’une période probatoire de trois mois.
    • Salaire horaire : entre 17 $ et 19 $ l’heure, selon les qualifications.
    • Date de début prévue : fin juin 2023



    Si la lecture de cette description de poste vous a plu et que vous pensez que cet emploi vous convient, faites-nous signe dès maintenant! Nous examinerons les candidatures sur une base continue, c’est pourquoi nous vous encourageons à agir rapidement.

    Veuillez indiquer dans votre lettre de présentation dans quelle mesure vous répondez à ces qualifications et pourquoi vous pensez que vous seriez un bon candidat ou une bonne candidate pour ce poste au sein de la SNAP NB. Envoyez votre CURRICULUM VITAE et votre LETTRE DE PRÉSENTATION DANS UN SEUL FICHIER à asmithson@cpaws.org .

    Nous remercions tous les candidats et candidates de l’intérêt porté à ce poste, mais nous ne communiquerons qu’avec les personnes retenues pour un examen plus approfondi. Pas d’appels téléphoniques s’il vous plaît.

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  • Le Grand conseil malécite obtient un ajournement

    POUR DIFFUSION IMMÉDIATE                                                                                          Le 15 juin 2017

    Le Grand conseil malécite obtient un ajournement

    Le Grand conseil malécite a obtenu un ajournement des audiences, cette semaine, en cour, dans sa tentative d’empêcher le gouvernement du Nouveau-Brunswick d’implanter un centre de services pour motoneiges  au parc provincial Mont-Carleton, un lieu sacré pour les Malécites.

    «La première chose que notre avocat, Gordon Allen, a faite, ça été de demander un ajournement des audiences prévues pour l’avant-midi pour nous allouer plus de temps pour une audition complète du cas.  On avait aussi besoin d’un ajournement pour apporter des modifications à notre demande initiale», a dit le Grand Chef Ron Tremblay, qui se trouvait au palais de justice de Woodstock mardi de cette semaine.

    «Ces modifications vont expliquer comment le centre proposé pour l’entretien de motoneiges va affecter le lien spirituel que notre peuple a avec cet endroit et le rapport avec les promesses qui nous ont été faites dans le Traité de 1725-26», précise Tremblay.

    L’avocat de la province s’est opposé à l’ajournement demandé, mais le juge Richard Petrie a accepté la demande après avoir entendu les arguments de Me Allen. Il a aussi fixé des échéances pour certaines tâches dont les deux parties doivent s’acquitter pour s’assurer que l’audience se déroule plus rondement et efficacement.

    Dans les 60 prochains jours, les parties devront mettre la touche finale aux modifications et régler certains problèmes quant à la preuve qui sera présentée en cour.  Aussi, une conférence préparatoire à l’audience aura lieu pour fixer une nouvelle date pour l’audition complète et tous les points importants qui s’y rattachent.

    Une campagne de sociofinancement pour appuyer la révision judiciaire a permis, jusqu’à maintenant, d’amasser plus de 20 000 $ provenant de 145 donateurs.
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  • Maliseet Grand Council wins an adjournment

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                           June 15, 2017

    Maliseet Grand Council wins an adjournment

    The Maliseet Grand Council obtained an adjournment (postponement of proceedings) in Court earlier this week in its efforts to stop the Province from developing a snowmobile grooming hub at Mount Carleton Provincial Park, an area sacred to the Maliseet. 

    “The first matter presented by our lawyer Gordon Allen was to adjourn the proceedings scheduled for the morning to give us for more time for a full hearing of the matter. We also needed an adjournment to amend our original application,” said Grand Chief Ron Tremblay, who was at the Woodstock courthouse on Tuesday. 

    “The amendments will define how the proposed snowmobile grooming hub would affect the spiritual connection our People have with this place and how that relates to the Promises that were made to us in the Treaty of 1725/26,” adds Tremblay.

    The Province’s counsel opposed the proposed adjournment, but after hearing Allen, Judge Richard Petrie considered the submissions and agreed to the request. He also issued timelines for both parties to complete certain tasks so that the matter may proceed before the Court in a more efficient fashion.

    Within the next 60 days, the parties will finalize amendments and deal with issues regarding evidence before the Court. A pre-hearing conference will also be scheduled to set a new date for the full hearing and all the important issues it raises.

    A gofundme campaign has so far raised over $20,000 from 145 people in support of this judicial review.

  • Message from over 10,000 people to Premier Alward:Protect New Brunswick’s Restigouche Wilderness!

    (Fredericton) – On February 16, CPAWS New Brunswick Chapter Executive Director, Roberta Clowater, 

  • Mount Carleton court case to resume this week

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                  June 12, 2017

    Mount Carleton court case to resume this week

    Right to information request from ACOA discredits government statements

    In dealing with Aboriginal Peoples, the government must act with “honour and integrity, avoiding even the appearance of sharp dealing,” says the Supreme Court of Canada.  

    But, that is not how the New Brunswick government is acting, says Grand Chief Ron Tremblay, one of the applicants seeking a judicial review of a decision made by the New Brunswick government to develop a snowmobile grooming hub at Mount Carleton Provincial Park. 

    “We’re being told one thing, only to find out through Right to
    Information that the opposite is true. The government
    is clearly not acting with honour and integrity.” 

    - Wolastoq Grand Chief Tremblay

    When first announced, the project consisted of groomers, a designated trail up the side of Mount Carleton, and two new snowmobile bridges.

    “The two new snowmobile bridges are the most essential elements of this project as they tie everything else together,” says Jean Louis Deveau, the other applicant in the judicial review.

    The project was registered for an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) in September 2016. At the time government argued the bridges weren’t being considered part of the project.

    Yet information recently obtained from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency through the Right to Information and Protection of Privacy Act indicates that the proposal submitted by the applicants for funding from to ACOA included a request for money to build the two bridges at the centre of this controversy. And in the contract made between the applicants and ACOA, bridge funding is included. 

    “We’re being told one thing, only to find out through Right to Information that the opposite is true. The government is clearly not acting with honour and integrity,” says Grand Chief Tremblay.

    The court is scheduled to continue hearing this matter on June 13th in Woodstock. A crowdfunding campaign (https://www.gofundme.com/27ru624) was started in June 2016 to help pay legal fees.

    The Parks Act (2014) stipulates a management plan based on a zoning system must be completed prior to any development in Provincial Parks. Mt. Carleton has been zoned but doesn’t have a management plan.
  • NB Forest Strategy a Welcome Step for Conservation – Still Need Action on Protected Areas

    The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) welcomes the release of the updated Forest Strategy from the New Brunswick Department of Energy and Resource Development. While there are still gaps in this plan, we are looking forward to concrete action on protected areas. CPAWS NB is encouraged that the strategy will re-instate conservation policies (over five years) for some old forests and wildlife habitats that lost those protections in 2014. The strategy recognizes the importance of the long-term conservation of biodiversity, and the need to involve and respect the knowledge and rights of Indigenous Peoples.

    Roberta Clowater, Executive Director of CPAWS’s New Brunswick Chapter, says, “This Forest Strategy is a positive indicator of movement in the right direction for conservation. We are pleased that government has listened to those ecologists, wildlife groups, Indigenous Peoples and environmental organizations who made the case for increased conservation. We are cautiously optimistic that this shows stronger intention for habitat conservation, and protecting water quality and the forests’ role in flood prevention. However, we should note that it slowly returns habitat conservation to 2012 levels and is not an advance in on-the-ground conservation by itself. CPAWS encourages the government to go even further with their plans regarding climate change and forests, making sure that the resilience of the forests is paramount in all forest management decisions.”

    Governments have been eroding protection of forest habitats. In 2012, the provincial government reduced the level of conservation forest from 31% of Crown forests to 28%. In 2014, against the advice of wildlife ecologists, that number was reduced even further to 23%. As a result, many of the provinces old growth forests have been lost to five years of forest cutting and road-building. Wildlife that need old forests, such as flying squirrels, American marten and pileated woodpeckers, have been put at risk.“

    To protect the nature in our forests, more of the so-called “conservation forest” needs to be in protected areas. This Forest Strategy does not tell us what level of protection the habitats will be given. A modern Forest Strategy needs to have a serious insurance policy of significant areas where nature is permanently protected from industrial development,” says Roberta Clowater. “This would also help New Brunswick address the commitment Canada has made to protect 17% of its landscape by 2020.”

    To date New Brunswick has protected only 4.6% of the province and needs to add more.

    The Forest Strategy includes plans to increase transparency about the state of New Brunswick’s forests. While this is a positive move, it means the public will find out after the fact about the impacts of forest harvesting on habitats, water or other values. CPAWS New Brunswick believes the Strategy needs to actively promote cooperation among governments, Indigenous Peoples, industry, NGOs, researchers and the tourism sector. Together, with public input, we can develop forest management plans that manage risks, protect a wide range of forest values, and have consistent ways for the public to be involved.

    For interviews, contact: Roberta Clowater, rclowater@cpaws.org ; phone: 506-452-9902

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  • NB Need Bold Action for Protected Areas

    July 17, 2018, Fredericton – The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) released its annual Parks Report today, What’s Next: Parks and Protected Areas to 2020 and Beyond.The report recommends how governments in Canada – federal, provincial, territorial and Indigenous – can work together to almost double our current protected areas to achieve our international commitment to protect at least 17% of our landscape by 2020, and to plan for the longer-term work needed to reverse the catastrophic and ongoing decline in nature. Canada has the biggest opportunity in a generation to protect nature – and this report provides a roadmap for action.

    All jurisdictions in Canada have committed to work together to achieve the 2020 protected area target. Added to the $1.3 billion investment in conservation in the 2018 federal budget, we have an unprecedented opportunity for Canada to safeguard nature in the spirit of reconciliation between Indigenous governments and Crown governments, and between all peoples in Canada and nature.“In New Brunswick, our government does not have a target or action plan to add new protected areas, and our province is noticeably behind compared to all other parts of the country,” says Roberta Clowater, CPAWS New Brunswick Executive Director.

    “With political will and a bold action plan, New Brunswick can step up and help Canada reach our goals. Immediate opportunities are to establish the Restigouche Wilderness Waterway, and protect our remaining old forest habitat, provincially significant wetlands, coastal mudflats, and natural areas in our drinking water watersheds.”

    Diverse voices across the country are now calling for action on protected areas, and momentum is growing. With 2020 right around the corner, people are asking, “can Canada do this?” “Can our country almost double the protection of our lands and freshwaters in 2 years?” The answer is YES. In the report, CPAWS identifies places in each jurisdiction where a considerable amount of collaborative work has already been done on proposed protected areas.  With the 2020 target fast approaching, CPAWS makes the following recommendations -- that federal, provincial, and territorial governments:
    1. Demonstrate their commitment to almost double Canada’s protected areas by publicly announcing the areas they intend to protect by 2020 to contribute to meeting the target;
    2. Develop a western science and Indigenous knowledge-based plan by 2020 for completing an effective network of interconnected protected areas that will act as a foundation for conserving nature in the face of climate change;
    3. Make a clear commitment to adhere to recognized standards for the protection of nature, including those developed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and the Canadian Council on Ecological Areas;
    4. Ensure conservation funding from federal Budget 2018 is allocated primarily to support the creation of new protected areas by federal, provincial, territorial and Indigenous governments and other partners; and
    5. Support Indigenous governments’ work to create Indigenous protected areas.
    The report includes recommendations for specific actions in New Brunswick, including developing relationships and partnering with indigenous communities for the Restigouche Wilderness Waterway, and engaging with local communities to support protection in Restigouche and in ecologically important forests, beaches and rivers on Crown land.CPAWS is ready to work with federal, provincial, territorial and Indigenous governments on protecting our most iconic landscapes, the wildlife that call them home, and the habitat that supports us all.

    Read the full Report; read the Executive Summary
    For interviews, contact: Roberta Clowater, rclowater@cpaws.org ; phone: 506-452-9902
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  • New Brunswick needs to step up and commit to new protected areas by 2020

    July 24, 2017

    Fredericton – In its latest annual report on the state of protected areas in Canada, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is calling upon New Brunswick to step up efforts to protect more land by 2020. CPAWS’ 2017 report “From Laggard to Leader? Canada's renewed focus on protecting nature could deliver results”calls Canada out for ranking last among G7 countries in the percentage of land and freshwater protected for conservation purposes, and encourages governments to conserve Canada’s natural heritage, starting by delivering on their international commitment. New Brunswick ranks 2nd to last among the Canadian provinces and territories.

    With only 10.6% of its landscape currently protected, Canada lags behind the global average of 15%, and also trails other large countries such as China, Brazil, and Australia. In 2010, as part of a worldwide effort to stem the tide of biodiversity loss, Canada committed under the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity to protecting at least 17% of land and inland waters by 2020 and improving the quality of their protected area systems to more effectively conserve nature.

    The report recognizes that Canadian governments are finally starting to take this commitment seriously after years of inaction. In February 2017, federal, provincial and territorial Ministers responsible for parks and protected areas publicly announced their commitment to work together to achieve this target. A new Pathway to 2020 process was initiated, and the Indigenous Circle of Experts and National Advisory Panel appointed to advise Ministers on this work.

    “In New Brunswick, there has been no progress on working towards the national protected areas targets,” says Roberta Clowater, Executive Director of CPAWS New Brunswick. “There are steps that can be taken by the province immediately to help Canada reach our goals, including setting a target to increase protected areas, developing an action plan to 2020 and beyond, and protecting the Restigouche Wilderness Waterway.”

     “With less than 3 years to fulfill our 2020 commitment, we need to get going now,” adds Hébert-Daly. “In the report we identify places across Canada where a considerable amount of work has already been done on proposed protected areas. By acting now to permanently protect these sites, while also planning for what’s needed to conserve nature in the long term, Canada has a chance to move from laggard to leader.”

    Clowater adds, “The New Brunswick government could create a world-class wilderness tourism destination by establishing the Restigouche Wilderness Waterway – a wide protected corridor along the river, on Crown land. Currently, 97% of the New Brunswick portion of the Restigouche watershed is open to development, and industrial development is eating away at the region’s wild forests and rivers year by year. By conserving this area’s special nature, promising ecotourism businesses could reliably promote a quality wilderness destination to nature-seeking tourists around the world.”

    Protected areas are important to conserve wildlife and wilderness, as well as provide clean air and water for all Canadians, store carbon, and play a major role in improving our health and well-being. They also make economic sense. Protected areas around the world generate US$600 billion per year in direct spending, while costing less than US$10 billion per year to manage.

    For over 50 years, CPAWS has been working with all levels of government, and other partners across the country to protect more of Canada’s public lands. As the only nationwide charity dedicated to the protection of our public lands and water, we are uniquely positioned to help governments protect what nature really needs.


    Read the full report. http://cpaws.org/uploads/CPAWS-Parks-Report-2017.pdf

    Read the Executive Summary with recommendations. http://cpaws.org/uploads/CPAWS-Parks-Report-Executive-Summary-2017.pdf

    For interviews, contact: Roberta Clowater, rclowater@cpaws.org; 506-452-9902NB Needs to Act Protect Restigouche Wilderness Waterway2
  • New Brunswickers Urged to have their Say about Potential New Protected Areas

    October 16, 2012

    (Fredericton)  The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, New Brunswick Chapter (CPAWS NB) is urging New Brunswickers to have their say on what New Brunswick’s protected areas future should look like.  Government recently released a map of proposed protected natural areas and is seeking public input until November 15.

    Roberta Clowater, Executive Director of CPAWS NB, said, “New Brunswick citizens have a chance right now to show their support for permanent protection of wilderness areas that the New Brunswick government has identified for potential protection.  While this is a good step towards a protected areas network, much more is needed to truly protect New Brunswick’s wilderness heritage.”

    “Near Fredericton, candidates include natural areas in the Nashwaak River watershed, which has recently faced an increase in pressure for industrialization.  Candidates in southeastern New Brunswick include forests that protect the Turtle Creek drinking water supply for Moncton.  Natural areas along the Magaguadavic River and the Piskahegan Stream are the largest candidates in the southwest.  In northern New Brunswick, large forested areas along the Dungarvon River, the Tabusintac River, the Portage River and the Restigouche River have been included in the list.  The candidate protected areas are important old forests, headwaters of significant fish streams, or sensitive wildlife habitats.

    “Unfortunately, not all of the proposed areas will make the actual protection list, so it is important that people who have on-the-ground knowledge of any of the candidate protected areas provide that information to government.   Government will choose which areas will go forward for full protection as a result of these public consultations.”

    Clowater said, “These potential protected areas will move us from having 3% of the province protected, to having about 4.7% protected.  New Brunswick would still be 2nd to last in Canada in the proportion of our land that is permanently protected from development, with only half the proportion that is, on average, protected in the other provinces and territories.  We’ll need to protect all of these areas, and many more, if we’re going to do our fair share to protect the wilderness and wildlife that is so important to our culture, tourism and regional economies.”

    Five open houses are planned over the next two weeks, starting with one in Fredericton on Oct.16, 6:00 pm, Hugh John Flemming Forestry Centre.  CPAWS NB is providing links to the maps, background information, the schedule of open houses, and more at www.cpawsnb.org.Restigouche canoeing small2

  • Ocean Spaces in the Bay of Fundy

    Charlotte County
  • Opponents push alternative to Mount Carleton gas bar and snowmobile trail on mountain

    Opponents push alternative to Mt. Carleton gas bar and snowmobile trail on mountain

    Fredericton -A perfectly good alternative to developments being proposed for within Mt. Carleton Park exists outside the wilderness park, say people dead-set against an enlarged snowmobile circuit and gas bar being promoted by the Province.

    Jean Louis Deveau is spokesman for a group of citizens concerned about the expanding presence of snow machines in the Park and their impact on wildlife. The group is advancing alternative locations to keep the park free of new infrastructure and what they view as incompatible use by motorized vehicles in New Brunswick’s only designated wilderness park. 

    Governor's Lodge at Popple Depot, located east of the park, is one such alternative and is at the centre of a proposed snowmobile ‘hub.’ “From my understanding, Governor’s Lodge has the space for sled gatherings and it also sells gas,” Deveau, a former manager at Mt. Carleton said Tuesday.

    “Why build new infrastructure to enable sleds to gas up in a wilderness park when there are already private establishments in the area offering the services they want?” Deveau asks. Taxpayers would pay for the gas dispensary being proposed for the park, whereas the gas dispensary at Popple Depot was paid for by the private sector.

    “By putting a new gas bar in the park, the Province may well disadvantage or even handicap Governor’s Lodge and other privately owned gas distributors in the area. Won’t that defeat the Province’s goals of trying to create new jobs with this project?” Deveau said.

    Park advocates including Deveau have launched a legal challenge to force the government to abandon the scheme to infringe on the Park, and to follow its own legislation. A crowdfunding campaign on gofundme.com was launched in June to help cover legal fees. The court is scheduled to hear the case on September 2nd in Woodstock.

    The Parks Act (2014) stipulates a management plan based on a zoning system must be completed prior to any development in Provincial Parks. Mt. Carleton has been zoned but doesn’t have a management plan.

  • Plants and Animals Take New Brunswick Government To Court

    Plants and Animals Take New Brunswick Government To Court

    Fredericton - When push comes to shove, as it has in the case of pending developments in New Brunswick’s only wilderness park, it’s always good to have allies with deep pockets.

    Such allies are being courted by concerned citizens who are taking the Province of New Brunswick to court over its management of Mount Carleton Wilderness Park near Nictau, N.B. 

    The proposal entails extending a network of snowmobile trails to the summit, park electrification and a gas bar, things the group opposing the project believes will damage the natural area and its wildlife.

    “We’ve turned to Go Fund Me, a crowd-source fundraising website, to gather the $15,000 needed to stop this development in court,” said Jean Louis Deveau, former park manager at Mount Carleton. 

    “The plants and animals cannot speak for themselves,” Deveau said. “With everything around the Park being clear cut, we cannot stand by and let this sanctuary be destroyed. We've raised over $13,000 in the past week so this clearly resonates with people.” 

    Grand Chief Ron Tremblay of the Traditional Maliseet Government has reached out to media outlets to cover this story. In an interview on CBC radio this week he argued strenuously that snowmobiles should not be allowed to expand their range in the park.

    “The commodification of this wild place through snowmobile tourism is not only incompatible with our values, tradition, and culture but will inevitably lead to conflicts between those who, like the Gallant Government, see the park as a place of business and those who, like us, see it as sacred,” said Tremblay. 

    A provincial court justice will hear arguments at the end of June in Moncton. Donors are urged to go to GoFundMe.com and search for ‘Plants & Animals Take on NB Gov’t’ to contribute towards the group's court expenses.

  • Protected Areas: Strategies from Across Canada, Growing Support and Making the Case for New Brunswick

    Monday, February 22, 2016, 9:00 - 4:30
    Fredericton Inn

    ·          What can we learn from other Canadian jurisdictions?
    ·          What resonates with the public in NB? With decision-makers?
    ·          What works well? And what doesn’t work at all?
    ·          How do you balance conservation with recreational and educational opportunities?

    -         Protected Areas: Lessons from Across Canada – Hear from Nova Scotia, Quebec, Alberta and others!
    -         Increasing public support in NB – a panel of home-grown experts share their experience and know-how.
    -         Establishing Coastal and Marine Protected Areas in NB - What are the challenges and how can support be built?
    -         Building a case for protected areas in NB – throughout the day, work with others to identify what will resonate in NB and build the case!

    Join us! For more information and to register, click here!

    Hosted by the NB Biodiversity Collaborative. Brought to you by the Planning Committee:
    -         Al Hanson, Canadian Wildlife Service
    -         Barb Brown
    -         David MacKinnon, Nova Scotia Environment
    -         Eric Tremblay, Kouchibouguac National Park
    -         Paula Noel, Nature Conservancy of Canada
    -         Peter McLaughlin, NB Department of Environment and Local Government
    -         Renata Woodward, Nature Trust of NB
    -         Roberta Clowater, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, NB Chapter
    -         Steve Gordon, NB Department of Natural Resources

    With thanks to the NB Wildlife Trust Fund, Department of Natural Resources and the Canadian Wildlife Service.

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  • Take Action for More Nature Protection in NB!

    Nature Legacy PA Annoucment Twitter

    Since 2019, New Brunswick has begun the largest increase in land protection in the province’s
    history, promising to protect 10% of New Brunswick’s public land.

    This month the government of New Brunswick announced almost 100,000 ha of new protected
    areas. This is another step towards reaching their 10% goal. CPAWS NB is continuing to
    encourage the government to fulfill their promise and prioritize both nature protection, and a
    commitment to collaboration with Indigenous Nations to set out a path for future conservation

    Click here to send a letter to thank the government for taking this step and encourage them to
    keep the momentum going!

  • The clock is ticking for New Brunswick's nature - Take Action Now

    We've been waiting over a year since many hundreds of people who care about New Brunswick's wilderness submitted comments to the provincial government on a proposal for new protected natural areas. The candidate areas included old forests, sensitive wildlife habitats, and wild rivers located in all corners of New Brunswick. More than a year later, the province still hasn’t announced what will happen with those candidate areas and while we wait for them to decide, industrial development approvals are proceeding at a rapid pace.

    We need your help to keep the pot boiling so these proposed protected areas don’t drop off the province’s agenda. Please take a moment right now to send a simple letter to the Minister of Natural Resources, asking about the status of these candidate protected areas.

    Take Action Now - Go to this link to write a letter: http://org.salsalabs.com/o/2463/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=14746kedgwick river small

    Currently, only 3% of New Brunswick is under any form of permanent protection. With your help, we can change that.Take action today!

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