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  1. Restigouche River Watershed Connections Roberta Clowater, Executive Director, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, New Brunswick With maps supplied by Justina Ray, Wildlife Conservation Society Canada; Margo Morrison, Nature Conservancy of Canada - Atlantic; and Steve Reid, CPAWS NB Dave Godin photo

  2. Location and Regional Significance

  3. Map courtesy of Margo Morrison, NCC Atlantic

  4. NCC/TNC Tier 1 Matrix Blocks

  5. Challenges - Less than 0.5% is protected

  6. Human Footprint Map courtesy of Justina Ray, WCS Canada

  7. Importance vs. Threat (current) at 10 km2scale Map courtesy of Justina Ray, WCS Canada

  8. Importance vs. Threat (current) at Ecological Unit scale Map courtesy of Justina Ray, WCS Canada

  9. Conservation Actions to Date • CPAWS NB developed affinity group called Friends of Restigouche – partnership with Arpin Canoe Restigouche to raise awareness of conservation needs among ecotourism clients – getting outdoor crowd more vocal • Restigouche is Marquee priority site in CPAWS Eastern Woodlands program – profiling it across the country, including as part of The Big Wild

  10. Actions to Date • Workshop to plan conservation strategies in 2005 with local groups; developed report on High Conservation Value Areas in NB part of Restigouche • workshop in 2007 with SNAP Quebec and NCC Quebec and Atlantic re cross-border issues

  11. Actions and Partners Continued Strategic planning workshop Sept.08 – natural areas planning and profile raising with TNC, 2C1F, WCS Canada, NCC Atlantic and Quebec, CPAWS/SNAP NB and Quebec, Restigouche Watershed Council, Gespe'gewaq Mi'gmaq Resource Council

  12. Hope to Accomplish- • Continue to raise profile of Restigouche conservation importance across the region and nationally • Get enough vocal support to allow NB government to establish protected areas in watershed – at least 50,000 hectares; plus increased conservation on Quebec side • Continue partner development on both sides of NB/Quebec border to conserve riparian areas and forests

  13. Top 3 Actions Needed • International attention to NB government by showcasing regional importance of Restigouche (outdoor or nature magazines, other popular media) • New financial support for campaigning in and for the Restigouche • More coordination to recommend better forest management practices for connectivity

  14. For more information: www.cpawsnb.org C. Bart Firth photo