Nature Conservancy of Canada and Conservation Manitou acquire Barbara Richardson Wildlife Foundation property
A large cluster of conservation lands in the Laurentians is expanding thanks to the efforts of two conservation groups.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and Conservation Manitou have announced that they are jointly acquiring the Barbara Richardson Wildlife Foundation property in Saint-Faustin‒Lac-Carré.
The site joins a network of existing protected areas and increases connectivity for wildlife species that rely on this area. This newly protected 219-hectare (541-acre) site features two lakes, Lac Caché and Lac en Cœur. It also has wetlands, numerous streams and ponds, several mountaintops and a deep valley, which are home to many plants and animals.
Wildlife here includes ruffed grouse, common garter snake and pickerel frog, the latter which is likely to be designated as threatened or vulnerable under the Quebec Act Respecting Threatened or Vulnerable Species (ARTVS). The wetlands are key habitat for many species of amphibians and waterfowl.
The property is also home to butternut, an endangered tree species under Canada’s Species at Risk Act and likely to be threatened or vulnerable under the ARTVS.
In additional to helping maintain an east-west ecological corridor in the region, the Barbara Richardson Wildlife Foundation Property is also strategically located. It is next to the 1,768 hectare (4,370-acre) Centre touristique et éducatif des Laurentides (CTEL). It is also approximately five kilometres from the 748-hectare (1,850acre) Jackrabbit Ecological Reserve.
Conservation Manitou and NCC also have nature reserves around Lake Manitou and near Lac Brulé, totalling 549 hectares (1,357 acres).
The protection of this corridor is a high priority as it crosses Highway 117, which presents a significant obstacle to wildlife movement.
NCC and Conservation Manitou are aiming to raise an additional $78,000 towards a Stewardship Endowment Fund. The fund will be used in the long term to cover property taxes and other fees, as well as trail work and habitat protection efforts. The fund will be managed by Conservation Manitou.
People interested in learning more or donating are encouraged to send a cheque payable to Conservation Manitou (Registered Charity: 831460936RR001), at 1800 McGill College Ave, Suite 2102, Montreal, QC, H3A 3J6.
Promoting protection and accessibility
A management committee consisting of the property co-owners and local residents will be created after the project is finalized. The vision includes the creation of trails to connect with CTEL’s network of trails to the west and crown land, to Lac Cornu to the northeast as well as Lac Manitou to the east.
Local access will be permitted for low-impact, non-motorized activities, such as hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada and Conservation Manitou wish to thank these organizations — the Government of Canada's Natural Areas Conservation Program and the North American Wetlands Conservation Act administered by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service — and the many individuals who made this key conservation project possible.
“I wish to congratulate the Nature Conservancy of Canada and their partner, Conservation Manitou, on the acquisition of 219 additional hectares of important habitat in the Saint-Faustin-Lac-Carré area. Through the Natural Areas Conservation Program our government is helping to protect wildlife corridors that support a healthy and biodiverse environment.”
‒The Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
“With the creation of the future Barbara Richardson Nature Reserve, the network of Quebec’s protected areas is growing again. These territories are indispensable for many species, including mammals with a wide home range.”
‒ Annie Ferland, Project Manager, Nature Conservancy of Canada
“We are honoured to partner with NCC, Canada’s leading land conservancy. Our common goal is to protect eco-sensitive lands and create an east-west wildlife corridor in this part of the Laurentians. We also owe a debt of gratitude to the late Barbara Richardson for her vision in purchasing and protecting this unique property.”
‒ Stephen Takacsy, Chair, Conservation Manitou
- The Barbara Richardson Wildlife Foundation was created in 1969 to hold ecologically significant land that the late Barbara Richardson wished to protect.
- This new conservation property connects the public forests of the CTEL with crown lands and properties around Lac Manitou in Ivry-sur-le-lac protected by Conservation Manitou. It is part of a larger corridor including, to the east, the William R.J. Oliver and Lac-Brûlé nature reserves in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, which are owned by NCC.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is Canada’s leading not-for-profit, private land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962, NCC has helped to protect more than 1.1 million hectares (2.8 million acres), coast to coast, including 45,000 hectares (111,197 acres) in Quebec.
Conservation Manitou is one of the leading organizations dedicated to the preservation of natural areas in the Laurentians. Its mission is to preserve and protect eco-sensitive environments in the Lake Manitou region, by acquiring land and conservation easements, and providing stewardship services in perpetuity. It currently owns or co-owns 494 hectares (1,221 acres) of conservation lands located in the municipalities of Ivry-sur-le-lac, Ste-Agathe-des-Monts and Saint-Faustin-Lac-Carré.
The Government of Canada's Natural Areas Conservation Program (NACP) is a unique public-private partnership to accelerate the pace of land conservation across southern Canada. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) manages the program. Federal funds are matched by contributions raised by NCC and its partners. Habitat conserved under the NACP enhances natural corridors and other protected areas.
|Nature Conservancy of Canada – Quebec Region
Elizabeth Sbaglia, Communications Manager
Stephen Takacsy, Chair
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