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|Estimated Time||20 minutes one way|
|Elevation Change||9 meters|
|Features||salt marsh, bay|
|Trail Markers||none but easy to follow|
|Maintenance Rating||well maintained|
|Dog Friendly||on a leash|
|GPS File||available on request|
The Salt Marsh Trail is a mix of trail and boardwalk that travels along the edge between the forest and the salt marsh. The salt marsh covers the point. From the trail you will be able to see shorebirds in the grasses and along the shoreline of the bay.
From the Sign
Coastal Salt Marshes of the Maritimes
Salt marshes are coastal wetlands, found in protected bays and estuaries. They appear as grassy meadows, interspersed with numerous creeks and ponds. They are subject to frequent flooding by the tides.
Maritime salt marshes, like Daly Point and Carron Point salt marshes, are responsible for storing, transforming and exporting nutrients. Green plants supply food for the plant-eating organisms which in turn are eaten by the flesh-eating organisms. Decaying plant and animal matter is broken down by bacteria and is washed out to sea by the tides where it becomes an important part of the marine food chain. Waterfowl, shorebirds, waders, songbirds and birds of prey use the salt marsh and associated habitat for breading, feeding and resting.
In the Maritime Provinces 65% of salt marshes have been altered or destroyed by agriculture, residential development, commercial development or road construction. Salt marshes are threatened by sewage and industrial discharge and easily scarred by the use of all terrain vehicles.
The past and present loss of salt marsh acreage makes any degradation or alteration of these habitats from their natural role in the marine ecosystem a cause for concern and we must promote their wise stewardship.