Conservation Efforts

The Sentier Nepisiguit Mi’gmaq Trail Organization is committed to forest and wildlife conservation. One of our most important objectives is to have ensure a low impact on habitat and wildlife along the trail.

We follow best practices and guidelines laid out by the New Brunswick Crowns Lands branch and the Department of Environment.

The Nepisiguit River basin is very unique in flora, many rare plants can be found in relative abundance along the protected corridor. The river, its brooks, streams, riparian lands, marshes and meadows have provided the Mi’gmaq people of the Nepisiguit with roots and medicines for thousands of years. It is important to be mindful where you are walking when off the trail in order to help preserve our flora and fauna. Aside from the many plants, flowers and berries, the trail hosts a wide variety of mushroom and fungi.

Beginning in the summer of 2019, Mount Allison University has been conducting a plant ecology study on Section K-L on a plant called Helenia deflexa (“spurred gentian”, Gentianaceae). It is native to New Brunswick and is not threatened or endangered. The study is to learn about its pollination ecology: what pollinators visit this plant, and how often does it self-fertilize?

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.

Since announcing New Brunswick’s Contribution to Canada’s Pathway to Target 1 on October 28, 2019, to protect 10% of its land and freshwater, New Brunswick citizens have displayed outstanding support for the protection of New Brunswick’s natural areas. Therefore, the Department of Natural Resources and Energy Development invited the public to nominate natural areas on New Brunswick’s Crown Land to be considered for conservation.

The Sentier Nepisiguit Mi’gmaq Trail Organization responded to the New Brunswick’s Nature Legacy initiative’s call for public nominations and had submitted 5 proposed Protected Natural Areas (PNA) in northern New Brunswick. One of them covering over 72,000 hectares along the Nepisiguit watershed.

Leave No Trace

Be a low-impact hiker. Hike only along the marked Trail. Do not take short cuts. Leave flowers and plants for others to enjoy. Do not damage trees or strip bark from trees. Leave the Trail cleaner than you found it. What you carry in, you must carry out including leftover food and toilet paper. Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but footprints.

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