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Tracadie River Wilderness Area

Tracadie River Wilderness Area Tracadie River Wilderness Area protects rich upland woodlands at the watershed divide between Chedabucto Bay and Northumberland Strait.

Rolling hills support extensive mature to old-growth sugar maple and yellow birch forest. Some of this forest is thought to have originated following a massive wind storm in the early 1800s. On flatter ground, these forests are interspersed with pockets of red and black spruce, fir, and white pine. Proportionately, few of Nova Scotia’s wilderness areas have as much old forest. Good soils also make this one of our more biologically productive protected areas.

Part of the wilderness area lies in the North Intervale watershed and drains south to Chedabucto Bay. Another part along upper Tracadie River drains north to the Northumberland Strait. The narrow valley carved out by here by Tracadie River offers wildlife a natural travel corridor between the plateau and lowlands. Small numbers of Atlantic salmon still migrate up the river each year to spawn.

Tracadie River Wilderness Area contains five small freshwater lakes and several bogs of various sizes. It provides habitat for provincially endangered mainland moose, and improves representation of the Mulgrave Hills natural landscape in the provincial protected area network.

The area is used for walking, hunting, sportfishing, trapping and other recreation. Parts are suitable for cross country skiing.

North Intervale Road cuts through the wilderness area and provides some access. Ongoing use of this road is not affected. About 4 km of an off-highway vehicle (OHV) trail between North Intervale and Highway 16 near Silvery Brook is within the wilderness area. Nova Scotia Environment intends to amend existing agreements with provincial OHV groups to allow continued use and management of this route.

The Province’s 2013 Parks and Protected Areas Plan stipulates that designation of parts of Tracadie River Wilderness Area is subject to wood supply analysis. This analysis, since completed, was undertaken to ensure that protecting these lands would not adversely affect existing Provincial wood supply commitments. As a result, final boundaries for the wilderness area differ somewhat from those in the Parks and Protected Areas Plan, with a slightly reduced area. To make up for additional wood volume protected within Tracadie River Wilderness Area, certain other lands identified in the 2013 Plan for potential protection, subject to wood supply analysis, will not be protected. These will contribute to Crown wood supply rather than protection.

Other boundary changes include the addition of recently acquired lands at three locations. These changes improve the boundary and eliminate a private inholding.