Increasing conservation and collaboration; Tabusintac Lagoon and Estuary Ramsar site, New Brunswick

Final Report: Increasing conservation and collaboration; Tabusintac Lagoon and Estuary Ramsar site, New Brunswick, 2013-2014

Goals and Objectives

This project will contribute to habitat conservation in the Tabusintac Lagoon and River Estuary Ramsar
wetland (Tabusintac) through direct land securement, outreach to private landowners, and improved
communication and planning between local, provincial and federal partners.

Tabusintac is one of only two Ramsar wetlands in New Brunswick, and it is the only one identified primarily
for its importance to waterfowl.  NCC has protected 425 ha (1,050 acres) of land at Tabusintac, but
securement to date has focused primarily on Piping Plover and Common Tern breeding habitat of the
outer lagoon.  This project will focus on the inner estuary where waterfowl numbers are highest.  NCC
will conserve 13.4 ha (33 acres) on the inner estuary through land securement, and management of 728 ha
(1797 acres) will be enhanced through outreach to private landowners focusing on land stewardship. 
Collaboration on conservation initiatives will be improved through the NCC led development of a Conservation
Plan for the estuary with Eastern Habitat Joint Venture (EHJV) partners, as well as the local watershed group
and Fish and Game club.   Many partners are involved at this site but we don’t have much knowledge of what
each other is doing.  An overarching plan for the site would aim to look at the current condition of habitats and
waterfowl (and other important species) at the site, current and future threats to the habitats and species,
identify gaps in knowledge regarding the current condition or threats, and recommend actions that should be
undertaken to address these knowledge gaps or threats.

Specific Habitat Products/Results Supported by WHC’s Contributions

The contribution by WHC will directly support the development of a conservation plan for the Tabusintac Estuary.
WHC’s contribution will also support the development and distribution of a stewardship package for private
landowners in the inner estuary.

Benefits to Waterfowl, Wetlands-Associated Species, and/or Other Wildlife

This project includes three distinct components, all of which will benefit waterfowl and wetland associated bird
species in different ways;

First, the permanent securement of 13.4 ha of land in the inner estuary will protect salt marsh habitat and
associated upland buffer; conserving this habitat for breeding and migrating bird species.

Second, the targeted landowner outreach program to educate landowners on the importance of wetlands and
appropriate stewardship practices will benefit wildlife through maintaining or enhancing the health of the salt
marshes and adjacent Estuary by better land stewardship.

Finally, a conservation plan developed for and by all conservation partners working in the Tabusintac Estuary
will improve management and collaboration, evaluate current methods and identify new opportunities to work
together for the benefit of the wildlife and habitats of the entire Tabusintac Ramsar site.

Relevance to Habitat Planning, Decision Making and/or Management

This project will contribute directly to habitat conservation through permanent securement of 13.4 ha of land on
the Estuary.  Landowner education will influence wetland and aquatic habitats through improved land stewardship
on an additional 728 ha.  The conservation plan will directly influence future management and decision making
by all partners interested in conservation of the Tabusintac Estuary.

Project Location

Gloucester County, New Brunswick. 

Caraquet (Coastal Key Program Area (KPA))

Project Contact

For more information on this project, please contact Paula Noel, New Brunswick Program Manager, The Nature
Conservancy of Canada.