Sutton's entrance to the Green Mountains Nature Reserve
Green Mountains Nature Reserve, Quebec (Photo by NCC)
At the entrance of the Green Mountains Nature Reserve in Sutton, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has protected 740 acres (299 hectares) of ecologically sensitive lands. Adjacent to the Mont SUTTON ski resort, the newly acquired property is accessible to the public at all times, through walking trails maintained by Parc d’environnement naturel de Sutton.
A unique natural environment
Located in the Eastern Townships close to Montreal, the property covers the Dos d’Orignal and the northwest side of Mount Gagnon. There are 18 streams that flows through the property, representing an important reserve of crystal clear water, key to the survival of spring salamander, an at-risk species. Two other species at-risk species on the Species at Risk Act inhabit this area: Bicknell’s thrush in the dense, high-altitude fir stands, and Canada warbler, found in mixed forest with heavy brush. The site also provides habitat for wide-ranging mammals such as moose and fisher, and features a rich old-growth forest. This site, with its incomparable view, will remain in excellent condition and free from development.
The property adds to the Green Mountains Nature Reserve, which currently covers 17,300 acres (7,001 hectares). Protecting this area in perpetuity will ensure the preservation of spectacular views, such as those on the Dos d’Orignal loop.
Interested members of the public are invited to contribute online at www.natureconservancy.ca/sutton-donate. Additional funds will help complete the financial plan and to enhance this great forest property by maintaining and improving the current network of trails.
NCC has raised funds thanks to the generous donations of various local residents and stakeholders, as well as foundations, government agencies and conservation organizations and the governments of Quebec, Canada and United States. They all put their shoulders to the wheel to achieve this important conservation project!
- Beaulieu-Saucier Foundation
- Sweet Water Trust - In memory of Terri Monahan
- Open Space conservancy, Inc. - In memory of Terri Monahan
- US Fish & Wildlife Service / Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act
- The KCMN Velan Foundation
- Ewa & Harold Scheer
- Peter & Amy Howick
- Jacques et Liliane Authier
- Peter E. Johnson
- Céline De Pelteau and Paul Poirier
- Bonin Family - in memory of Terri Monahan
- Éric Fournier and Carole Deniger
- Mr. David James and Mrs Lili de Grandpré
- Pierre Des Marais II
- François Daigneault
- Ernst Hafeli and Jocelyne Tremblay
- Ingrid Martin
- Julie Pelletier
- Simon Chamberland
- Stephan A. Botez
- Luc Dupras
- Michel Marcouiller
- Jacques Benoit
- Marie-Christine Roberge
- Michael Grayson
- Donald Bissonnette
- Louis Lafrance
- Jean-Marc Guillemette
- Pierre Jetté
- Pierre Archambault
- Patricia Lefevre
- Sylvain Choiniere
- Francois Nadeau
- Daniel Laplante and Sylvie Parent
- Jacques Viau
- Sylvie Quesnel
- Anik Kelly
- Karine Montpetit
And others wishing to remain anonymous.