Nature Trust of New Brunswick

George M. Stirrett Nature Preserve

Tilley, Victoria County


The preserve is a 2.4-hectare (5.8 acre) narrow parcel of shore along the St. John River near the village of Tilley, Victoria County. This land is located along the Dorsey Road just south of the confluence with the St. John River and Little River.


This preserve is named after renowned New Brunswick biologist, George Stirrett, who worked for the Canadian Wildlife Service in Ottawa. With the assistance of Fred Tribe, an amateur botanist from Perth-Andover, Stirrett found the rare feathery and  foilaged Furbish’s lousewort growing in the area. This particular species of plant occurs only in select parts of Maine and New Brunswick and can be found in the upper reaches of the St. John River valley.


Furbish’s lousewort (Pedicularis furbishiae) was named for pioneer botanist, Kate Furbish, who discovered the plant at the turn of the last century. It grows at the foot of steep forested banks above the lower riverbank. The soil is frequently disturbed by ice action and flooding, which has resulted in large annual changes in the number of plants in the preserve depending on the extent of ice scouring.

Access and Activities

While this preserve is bordered by a public road, there are no trails. Due to the sensitivity of the species at risk found on this land, we ask that you contact the Nature Trust office at (506) 457-2398 or for more information about visitation.

*The property is undeveloped and there are a variety of hazards and risks associated with accessing this preserve. While this nature preserve is open for public access, visitors must assume responsibility for their own actions and safety and are to use the land at their own risk.*


The Nature Trust of New Brunswick
404 Queen St. 3rd floor
P.O. Box 603, Station A
Fredericton, New Brunswick E3B 5A6
Phone: (506)457-2398
Fax: (506)450-2137

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