Conserving the natural landscape of New Brunswick is part of the commitment the Nature Trust has made to protecting ecologically significant areas for future generations. Taking on this monumental task is only possible with the support of landowners who want to contribute their legacy to conservation in the province.

The Nature Trust protects New Brunswick’s natural spaces for many reasons. Sometimes we look for Species at Risk that live only in a handful of places, or species with wide home ranges like the Canada lynx, which are found across the New Brunswick landscape.

Some of our nature preserves have Appalachian Hardwood Forest, old Acadian forest, wetlands, and rare plant habitat. Other preserves protect areas important for migrating birds or waterfowl breeding, while others still are natural areas used for recreation.

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Each piece of land is unique, so we assess each piece of land on its own merits to determine its ecological-value and potential as a nature preserve.

When establishing a new nature preserve, the Nature Trust might consider developing a trail system, or whether to allow recreational hunting or if the area will remain unimpacted by recreation. These considerations are made after consulting with landowners to determine what they want their legacy to reflect.

To help landowners achieve their conservation legacy, the Nature Trust can use several conservation tools, which are open to Canadians and non-residents.

  • Gifts of land

  • Gifts of land in a will

  • Life estate

  • Bargain sale

  • Gifts by non-residents

  • Ecological gifts

  • Conservation development

  • Leases

  • Conservation Easements

  • Landowner Stewardship Program

  • Cash donations and Bequests


Interested in learning more? You can contact our Conserved Lands Coordinator, Carli Le Roux, below to learn more about these tools and how they can help you conserve your legacy.