Additional woodlands protected in Bromont Summits Park
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is proud to announce that, in collaboration with its partners, it is now protecting 17.5 hectares (43.2 acres) of very valuable forest on Mt. Bernard, a Mount Brome peak in Montérégie.
This property is part of the vast 186-hectare (459-acre) Bromont Summits Park (the equivalent of 90 per cent of the area of Mount Royal Park), managed by the City of Bromont and the Société de conservation du Mont Brome (SCMB). The preservation of this park contributes to conserving the largest forested area in the Bromont region.
An exceptional site within the Montérégie Hills
At 553 metres, Mount Brome is the second highest peak of the nine Montérégie Hills. Its exceptional forest ecosystem is home to many species, including purple salamander, designated threatened in Canada and vulnerable in Quebec, and butternut, a tree considered endangered under Canada's Species at Risk Act and likely to be designated threatened or vulnerable under Quebec's Act Respecting Threatened or Vulnerable Species.
While conservation of the Montérégie Hills is a provincial priority, this project increases the area of protected woodlands within Mount Brome.
A park for everyone
Protection of the rich natural environments of the Bromont Summits Park was preceded by nearly four years of awareness-raising and negotiation. NCC's associate vice-president in Quebec, Joël Bonin, emphasizes the crucial role played by the community in safeguarding and enhancing the last major undivided forest on Mount Brome. “[The community] was heavily involved in the official fundraising campaign and demonstrated its commitment to this remarkable site," he said. "We are proud to have been able to help preserve this jewel of biodiversity!”
An agreement for the Summits Park
This securement is part of a larger project led by Bromont and the SCMB, to which NCC has contributed $1.6 million, in part from the federal and provincial governments, to protect the Summits Park for the long term. The SCMB is, as a result, the beneficiary of a conservation agreement on the lands of the city of Bromont.
NCC secured this property thanks to the tremendous generosity of the following donors: the ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques (through its project Ensemble pour la nature), the Government of Canada's Natural Areas Conservation Program and several other partners and community members.
“On behalf of my colleague, Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, I am proud to announce the conservation of more than 17 hectares of beautiful forest around Mont Brome, which allows other protected areas to be connected,” said Denis Paradis, MP for Brome-Missisquoi. “Through the Natural Areas Conservation Program, our government is supporting Canadians who are making a difference for our species at risk and important ecosystems.”
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 2.8 million acres (more than 1.1 million hectares) across the country, including 45.000 hectares (111,197 acres) in Quebec. It is by securing and protecting these natural environments that they can be made accessible to this generation and those to come. To learn more, visit natureconservancy.ca.
The Ensemble pour la nature project (PEPN) is a three-year, $15 million grant to the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) from Quebec’s Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques (MDDELCC). It aims to establish financial partnerships and acquire scientific knowledge to ensure the conservation and protection of natural environments on private lands in Quebec between now and March 31, 2020. It thus promotes solidarity with respect to protected areas by involving Quebec communities in conservation actions.
The Government of Canada's Natural Areas Conservation Program (NACP), administered by NCC, is a unique public-private partnership to accelerate land conservation in southern Canada. Through matching contributions, NCC and its partners enhance federal funding. The NACP helps strengthen the protection of natural corridors and other preserved areas.
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