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New Brunswick

Considering New Brunswick has one of the worst provincial scores on ecological representation and poorly protected physical habitats with high climate refuge and carbon storage value, the province could create incredible benefits for wildlife and climate change with new, strategic protected areas.

New Brunswick has the second poorest ecological representation scores among the provinces, with only one per cent of physical habitats adequately protected. This is partially due to the low per cent of area protected in the province – just five per cent of land is protected. The Wolastoq, also known as the Saint John River watershed, is of particular concern within the province, given that nearly all of the physical habitats within the watershed are inadequately protected or not protected at all. While the northern portion of the watershed contains climate refuges and high densities of soil carbon, the lower portion contains high densities of forest biomass and habitat for a greater number of at-risk species.

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Regional Spotlight

Human pressures on the Wolastoq are adding stress to this watershed that is home to nearly 200 species of breeding birds, and over 100 species of reptiles, amphibians, fish and mammals, including the threatened wood turtle.