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Conserving the wetlands of the Wolastoq

Protecting the beauty, the bounty and the good of the Wolastoq

We are partnering with communities, government and industry to make sure that  the important, biodiverse and beautiful wetlands on the Wolastoq (Saint John River) floodplain—and the many communities they support—remain for generations to come. That’s why we have embarked on an ambitious 10-year, $3-million conservation project to renew and restore 4,700 acres (1,900 hectares) of vital freshwater wetland habitat.
beaver dam on wolastoq
Wild rice canoes
conservation project 10 -year
invested to support biodiversity $3 million
of vital freshwater habitats protected 4,700 acres
species at risk supported 45

Support for species at risk

Duffie’s Meadow and Lower Lincoln, are DUC freshwater marshes located within the lower floodplain that provide habitat to a diversity of wildlife. Duffie’s Meadow is located adjacent to the 9,900-acre (4,000-hectare) Portobello National Wildlife Area (NWA).

Established to protect and conserve wildlife habitat, the NWA is rich with flora and fauna species including 37 provincially rare plant species, large numbers of cavity-nesting waterfowl and breeding habitat for the nationally vulnerable yellow rail and black tern. Both Duffie’s Meadow and Lower Lincoln have traditionally supported impressive numbers of breeding and staging waterfowl and have been important banding sites for Canadian Wildlife Service.

Wolastoq fast facts

Making an Impact

How you can support our work along the Wolastoq

Our work of conserving, protecting, and managing wetlands along the Wolastoq is needed now—and you can help.

Consider making a donation or volunteering with DUC.

Media resources

Materials to support your coverage of wetland conservation efforts along the Wolastoq.

Read the official announcement about DUC’s plans for Wolastoq (Saint John River). 

Ask an expert

  • Photo of Geoff Harding

    Geoff Harding

    DUC Head of Major Projects, Atlantic Region

    Expertise: DUC projects along the Wolastoq, Conservation partnerships, history

  • Photo of Samantha Brewster

    Samantha Brewster

    DUC Education Specialist, Atlantic Region

    Expertise: Outreach, Communication (French/ English)

  • Photo of Adam Campbell

    Adam Campbell

    DUC Head of Conservation Delivery, Atlantic Region

    Expertise: Wildlife, species at risk, ecological value

  • Photo of Frank Merrill

    Frank Merrill

    DUC Conservation Specialist

    Expertise: Manager of DUC projects along the Wolastoq

  • Photo of Kassandra Paillard

    Kassandra Paillard

    DUC Conservation Specialist

    Expertise: DUC projects along the Wolastoq, Nest Box Program


This work would not be possible without many partners

  • AV Group
  • Canadian Wildlife Service
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Ducks Unlimited Inc.
  • Eastern Habitat Joint Venture
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Landowners
  • Nest Box & Land Monitoring Guardians
  • New Brunswick Department of Environment and Local Government
  • New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources and Energy Development
  • North America Wetland Conservation Act
  • Pittman Robertson Wildlife Restoration Fund
  • State of Delaware
  • State of Maine
  • State of North Carolina
  • State of Rhode Island
  • University of New Brunswick
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service – North America Wetland Conservation Act (NAWCA)
  • Wabanaki Tree Spirit and Tours
  • Wildlife Habitat Canada
  • World Wildlife Fund Canada

Make a donation

You have the power to give future generations the opportunity to experience nature, wildlife and a healthy environment.