Posted by: PMGDD | July 12, 2021

Nature Miramichi – KFNP Field Trip Saturday

Hi All,

It is thought that for a couple of reasons this coming Saturday (July 17th ) is the day we as a club should plan our visit to The Kingston Family Nature Preserve (KFNP) in the Wayerton area. We need to check out the Nature Trust NB preserve as we as a club agreed to carry out a stewardship responsibility for it on their behalf. A Stewardship Report is expected annually. This involves looking for changes in vegetation such as the presence of invasive species or any other threats. We need to see what sort of human activity has been taking place and if there are any nearby changes. It is not particularly difficult.

Four years ago our club carried out a “bioblitz”, an attempt to record all the flora and fauna species we could identify on the KFNP. Now that we are better aware of the preserve boundaries we need to check some of these botanical findings from this inventory to see that they are actually on the property. Dave McLeod has organized these findings and will be giving us some guidance in this effort.

The road into the KFNP from Hwy 430, the Baisley Rd., can be rough in a few places so a car with good clearance underneath is recommended. Deana and I hope to get out this week to check the road before Saturday.

We will meet at the top of Newcastle Boulevard for 9:00 a.m. at the former Brookdale Nursery parking lot. Long pants and long sleeves are recommended and rubber boots might be a good idea. We should be aware of tics and there are likely to be a few mosquitos out looking for blood! Insect repellent also recommended. Water, snacks etc. The location is quite remote. It was a homestead at one time but there are no structures still standing.

The trip to the Baisley Rd. along Hwy 430 is about 25 minutes towards the former Heath Steele Mine. The KFNP is about a 20 minute drive along the Baisley Rd.

Visit Kingston Family Nature Preserve — Nature Trust of New Brunswick

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