By Marlo Glass Local Journalism Initiative Reporter After recently adding nearly 300,000 hectares to Crown-protected natural areas, New Brunswick may soon have even more protected land. Speaking to reporters after a two-day meeting of the Canadian Council of Forestry Minister in Saint Andrews, Natural Resources and Energy Development Minister Mike Holland said the province is looking at more conservation areas within the province, “ensuring we can create more Indigenous, protected and conserved areas.” Protected areas have minimal human interaction in order to preserve the province’s biodiversity. Announced in December 2022, the province doubled Crown-conserved natural areas in the province, bringing the total protected area to just under 10 per cent. Holland said it’s the equivalent of adding 19 national park-sized lands to the province’s conservation footprint, though New Brunswick is
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