Overview

This 16.89-hectare (41.74 acre) preserve has extensive wetland habitat and forms part of the Carding Mill Brook tributary of the Miramichi River.

History

The Dolan Woodlands Nature Preserve was donated by the Dolan family in 2018 for permanent protection.  John Dolan came to Miramichi in 1830 from Ireland with his family, to live and work on Beaubears Island, and purchased this woodlot in 1842 to harvest firewood and lumber for projects. 

Throughout the years, the Dolans were wonderful stewards of this land, harvesting only what was needed, and have had many special family gatherings here.  John’s descendants wanted to honour the hard work of their ancestors through this generous donation.

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Ecology

The extensive network of wetlands, including forested wetlands provide habitat for many species including highbush cranberry, rattlesnake root, wild cucumber, mountain holly, rose-twisted stalk, rhododendron, and hawthorn.  

The mixed forest is rich with white ash, pin cherry, Eastern white cedar, white spruce, aspen, white birch, balsam fir, larch, and red maple. This habitat supports wildlife including mallard, brook trout, moose, deer, beaver, raccoon, wood thrush, and green frog.

Access and Activities

This preserve protects land where some of the Miramichi Ski Club’s cross-country ski trails are, which can be accessed at 131 Nelson St, Miramichi.

There is no parking available at the Dolan Woodlands Nature Preserve; however, it can also be accessed by the Transport Canada trail that intersects the preserve. It is also possible to access the preserve by an ATV trail that crosses the Sutton Road.

*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.