George M. Stirrett – Victoria County
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 or 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. This 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. It is a very narrow preserve along the river, and because of the nature of the plant being conserved, walking on this preserve is not permitted.
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