The University of New Brunswick Heritage Lands were designated as part of the 2003 Land Management Strategy.
Formerly known as the UNB Woodlot, the UNB Heritage Lands were divided into two sections:
- Heritage Conservation Lands, to be protected in perpetuity and
- Heritage Development Lands, identified for possible development.
The Heritage Conservation Lands currently account for 50% of the Heritage Lands.
This decision, made by the Board of Governors in 2003 was to reflect UNB's commitment to acting as a responsible land steward. The other half of Heritage Lands were identified as areas for possible development in the future.
Currently, seven percent of the heritage development land has been approved by the Board of Governor's for development.
In addition to retail operations, which will support UNB's mission of education and research, land has also been leased to the City of Fredericton for construction of a new sports and leisure complex. UNB has committed to meeting or exceeding all environmental legislation provisions in the development of the 270 acre area.
Creighton Conservation Forest
The portion of the UNB Heritage Lands in Fredericton that have been set aside for conservation have been named the Creighton Conservation Forest, after the late Dr. G. Wilfrid I. Creighton, a UNB alumnus.
Creighton, an internationally recognized pioneer in the development of modern forest management and conservation practices, graduated in 1929 and received a honourary doctorate in 1953.
UNB’s aim is to have the Creighton Conservation Forest become a world-class facility in teaching and research by not only UNB’s Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management , but by many other faculties at the University as well as the Maritime College of Forest Technology.
UNB’s Office of Forest Land Management (OFLM) will manage the Creighton Conservation Forest along with the University’s other woodland holdings. The Creighton Conservation Forest Advisory Committee, established by UNB’s Board of Governors, will provide advice to the OFLM on teaching and research programs within the forest.
The Board also established a $100,000 Student Environmental Research Fund for projects within the forest.