Kenauk (Seigneurie Papineau), Montebello - Perspectives on a natural historical treasure
Kenauk, QC (Photo by Kenauk Nature)
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and Kenauk Nature have established a partnership for the conservation of the vast Kenauk property, a great historical and natural treasure. Steeped in Canadian history, the Kenauk property, which spreads over 260 square kilometres, once belonged to the famous Louis-Joseph Papineau. This partnership will preserve accessibility to the land, promoting outdoor activities and exploration, all the while documenting its natural wealth and ensuring it is protected in the long term.
Top 10 secrets of Kenauk unveiled!
To uncover the property’s secrets, NCC conducted detailed inventories in collaboration with botanists, zoologists and ecologists. After two years of research, Kenauk’s greatest secrets are coming to light. To date, more than 30 rare species have been reported there!
A land rich in history
Granted as a seigniorial domain in 1674 by Louis XIV, King of France, to Monseigneur Laval, the first bishop of Quebec, the Kenauk property is deeply rooted in Canadian history. From 1801, and for the century that followed, it was owned by the Papineau family, and notably by Louis-Joseph, one of Quebec’s great 19th-century political figures.
An extraordinary conservation opportunity
Halfway between Ottawa and Montreal, Kenauk is an area of unique nature, covered in great forests of the Great Lakes mixed forest type, with no fewer than 60 lakes! Thanks to its strategic location, this natural environment shelters numerous species and provides a link to other important wildlife corridors in the Laurentian mountains.
Supporters of the project
The Kenauk property has been conserved by NCC thanks to the generous support of the TD Bank Group through the TD Forests Program and Kenauk Nature.
The Natural Areas Conservation Program (NACP) is a unique public-private partnership led and managed by the Nature Conservancy of Canada.
In March 2013, the Government of Canada announced its continued commitment to this program, with an additional $20 million in funding. This has been the largest investment by any Canadian government towards private land conservation.
The Government of Canada’s investment has been matched by Canadians, the private sector and other governments, resulting in more than $600 million in conservation activity through funding contributions and land donations. Under this program, the Government of Canada has set an ambitious goal of conserving 545,000 acres (218,000 hectares) of ecologically significant land across southern Canada.
With these investments, nearly 983,000 acres (398,000 hectares) have been conserved as May 31, 2015, providing habitat for 195 species at risk — an area almost twice the size of the goal set under the Natural Areas Conservation Program.