Miramichi Wilderness

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  1.   1.  Description
  2.   2.  Subterritories
    1.   2.1  Miramichi Watershed
    2.   2.2  Miramichi Valley
    3.   2.3  River of Fire
    4.   2.4  Camp Gagetown
  3.   3.  Landmarks
    1.   3.1  Miramichi Wetlands
    2.   3.2  Ail Po Farm
    3.   3.3  Riverbend Orchard
    4.   3.4  Stora Kvarnen
  4.   4.  Waterways
    1.   4.1  Miramichi River
    2.   4.2  Cambridge Lakes
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General

Region Northern Tides
Subterritories Miramichi Watershed

Miramichi Valley
River of Fire
Camp Gagetown

Major Waterways
Size ?? sq km / ?? sq mi

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1.  Description

Much of the inner coast area of New Brunswick consists of lowland forest -- the Miramichi Wilderness is no exception. Most of the trees are broadleaf type; however, as the zone is a mixed forest, coniferous trees may be found here, as well. Sparsely populated prior to the demise of humanity, this thick forest sweeps down from Mount Oromocto and through the Miramichi Valley. The Wilderness is heavily pockmarked by various bodies of water: lagoons, lakes, ponds, rivers, creeks, streams, and all other manner of water bodies.

2.  Subterritories

2.1  Miramichi Watershed

The Miramichi Watershed is thickly forested land, just as its counterpart to the south, the Miramichi Valley. The difference between the two areas lies in the number of rivers: while the Valley has only one artery of water, the Watershed is home to a great number of rivers. They course through the low hills and burble in the dark, damp forests. Much of the rich soil here is damp and moist in summer, almost swamp-like. In winter, though, the whole of it freezes rock solid.

2.2  Miramichi Valley

The shallow Miramichi Valley is situated next to Mount Oromocto; the Little Miramichi River, the valley's namesake, snakes through the valley. Much of the valley was untamed wilderness prior to humanity's destruction; while land was privately owned, few people chose to reside here, instead, most maintained gardens and firewood lots. A few human villages remain scattered in the southerly half of the valley; however, more evidence of people is slowly washed away with each year's spring. While most rivers freeze solid in winter, the springtime brings considerable flooding to the Miramichi Valley.

2.3  River of Fire

This sprawling former First Nations community tucked into the rural reaches of New Brunswick was hardly notable during the time of humanity. Boasting only a few brick or stone buildings, it has mostly been reclaimed by wilderness. The clearest remaining evidence of humankind is the single-story, sprawling school building and the fire department building. Most of the land was formerly farmland -- though sapling trees have begun sprouting, there are few areas with thick forestation in this area.

2.4  Camp Gagetown

Camp Gagetown is a massive military base, operational until the human apocalypse. Camp Gagetown has a 1,129 km sq (436 sq mi) area -- it sprawls over the southern portion of the Miramichi Wilderness territory. Much of the terrain was landscaped significantly, as the military "designed" forests to create various training zones; additionally, in the early 1980s, strong herbicides were tested in the base's southern extremities. This particular patch of land is barren and very flat; nothing -- not even grass -- grows. These southerly "mudflats" are wide and the mud is very deep -- it is difficult for horses or canines to cross, and one is well-advised to avoid mess and other worse disaster by skirting the flats entirely.

Thanks to its diverse wildlife and proximity to the Acadian forests and two separate rivers, Camp Gagetown is a popular resting place. The typical assortment of forest fauna may wander in or near the camp, the most unique including wild turkey, moose, otter, and porcupine. The forests around Camp Gagetown are home to both brilliant autumn foliage of maple trees and thick pine trees, like much of New Brunswick. Flowers in the area include yellow lady slippers, star flower, bluebead lilly, twinflower, and Canada Mayflower. Blueberry patches can be found in later summer months, although they often attract bears. Former cottages of agriculture and forestry workers dot the surrounding territory, most of which are still suitable for residency or still bear treasures to pick clean, and a number of small serpentine deposits lay in small patches throughout the southern forest, perfect for aspiring jewelers.

3.  Landmarks

3.1  Miramichi Wetlands

This large area of reserved wild land in the time of the humans now makes up much of the Miramichi Watershed territory. Thick forest is interspersed with more thinly wooded marshes. Much of the area of is prone to flooding, and is interspersed with an innumerable amount of rivers, streams, springs, lakes, ponds, and all manner of other water bodies. Peat moss can be found in abundance in the wetlands area -- along with a wide variety different prey animals.

3.2  Ail Po Farm

A dilapidated barn that is home to a feral cat colony led by a maine coon tomcat named Abbott. He is King of the colony and very territorial/protective of his own. Only those in the "good graces" of Abbott may enter the structure, but sometimes his fancy for a character can change on a whim. Tread carefully when visiting the farm. The grounds outside are normally safe territory to explore, but once a couple feet from the entrance of the barn, don't expect a warm reception. Abbott can occasionally be bargained with or persuaded to allow access to the viable tobacco stores inside the barn. His requests range from easy to downright demented. Do not trust this cat!

3.3  Riverbend Orchard

Unlike a regular forest with tall trees and wild asymmetry, the trees of Riverbend Orchards are a relatively short, consistent height and grow into straight rows. For most of the year, the Orchard only sprouts bright green leaves. But just as the air turns crisp in Autumn, the glistening, luscious red of apples dot the landscape like the beginnings of an impressionist painting.

Where the rows of apple trees end, a field of short grass and pumpkins reclaims the land. The cool fall weather seems to bring out the best of this bountiful area, attracting the attention of birds, squirrels, and all manners of wildlife. The Orchards are a great place to spend a day, as the low trees offer ample shade and plenty of covert resting spots. Additionally, the Orchards are a favorite of feral horses, and one can make many equine friends by bringing them here. (Created by San during Krokar's territory contest)

3.4  Stora Kvarnen

Despite the years, this sturdy wood and stone mill has stood through foul weather and more than its fair share of termites. It may be a little dilapidated, but it shows great promise with a still intact grindstone even if a good amount of wood is rotten. (Created by Gen during Krokar's territory contest)

4.  Waterways

4.1  Miramichi River

The Miramichi River refers to a collection of rivers: there are Little and Big Miramichi Rivers, as well as the Northwest Miramichi and Southeast Miramichi. Many tributaries are in the Miramichi Watershed areas, but several streams and one Miramichi River (perhaps the Southeast or the Little Eastern -- no one is quite sure) cuts through the Miramichi Valley. The thickest part of the river takes a turn into the flatlants of the River of Fire and finally meanders south to the larger Saint John River. It is a meandering river, with very slow-moving waters. Much of its downstream waters are muddied, thickened with the silt and sediment picked up throughout its vast headwaters.

Beaver Dam Pond

A small offshoot of the Miramichi River has been dammed by beavers; a wall of branches, sticks and stones effectively cut off the river's flow, creating a pond on the far side. If you're lucky and can get around the dam you might snag a beaver, frogs, or fish here, but blue-green algae occasionally grows on the surface of this small pond during the warm summer months. If conditions are right, this can pose a serious health risk to canines. Luperci beware! (Created by Rat during Krokar's territory contest)

4.2  Cambridge Lakes

Cambridge Lakes is a series of lakes, many of which are connected, in the Miramichi Watershed area and reaching up as far as the southern regions of Frost Reaches, ending at the base of Burnt Church Mountains. Tributaries from the lakes drain down through the middle of the Miramichi Wilderness, forming many rivers and streams. The best known of these are the Miramichi River and the River of Fire.