Hardwood dominated forest patches adjacent to Eigg Mountain ‐ James River Wilderness Area
Mature to old sugar maple and yellow birch forest; some old conifer forest.
Habitat for provincially endangered mainland moose
Habitat for northern goshawk and spawning Atlantic Salmon
Connects separate parts of the existing Eigg Mountain - James River Wilderness Area and creates a larger protected forest area
Very scenic area, including viewscapes overlooking Northumberland Strait and Cobequid Mountains
Opportunities for hiking, snowshoeing and backcountry skiing
Mountain biking on adjacent road system; some use could be authorized in wilderness area
Hunting and trapping, some fishing
Primarily a mix of mature hardwood, softwood and mixedwood forest
Some younger stands in areas harvested in the last few decades; some forest access road
Part of area currently unavailable for forestry due to DNR old forest policy
Steep slopes limit forestry potential in portions of the area
Low to medium mineral potential
Low petroleum potential
Mostly medium wind potential
Part of the area overlaps with the Town of Antigonish's James River drinking water supply watershed
Legal protection of a portion (259 ha) subject to wood supply analysis.
Connecting roads excluded
Existing SANS agreement for route 715A to be extended
The expanded wilderness area would include most of the Town of Antigonish's James River drinking water supply watershed and will support the Town's efforts to protect its drinking water supply.
Includes one campsite lease