The Nature Conservancy of Canada aims to improve safety on Route 117 in the Laurentians
New property secured for prospective wildlife crossing
The Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC’s) efforts to improve safety for both motorists and wildlife in the Laurentians have received a boost.
The not-for-profit land conservation group has announced the purchase of 27 hectares (66 acres) in Ivry-sur-le-Lac. This ecologically important site is strategically located on Route 117. The plan is to use the property to build a wildlife crossing, with the aim of reducing collisions between motorists and wildlife and allowing the unrestricted movement of animals.
This acquisition is a part of a larger scale wildlife corridor project NCC is working on with many groups and government agencies to protect and expand ecological corridors across the province.
This forested property, known as Wildlife Crossing Ivry, also includes a wetland. It features a great diversity of trees, including sugar maple, yellow birch and balsam fir, as well as many species, such as coyote, moose and several species of waterfowl and forest birds.
This mountainside environment is located halfway between two forested areas of regional importance: the Jackrabbit ecological reserve in the southwest and Mont-Tremblant National Park in the northeast. Rich in biodiversity, these natural areas are used by mammals with a large home range, such as moose, who need to travel long distances to meet their needs. Maintaining natural spaces between these large environments facilitates the movement of these species.
“This property and their habitats are becoming rarer with ever-increasing pressure from development. This site is therefore ideal for the installation of a wildlife crossing, an infrastructure that will allow animals to cross the roads safely,” said Annie Ferland, project manager with the Nature Conservancy of Canada in Quebec.
A tunnel on the property which provides passage for the P'tit Train-du-Nord’s bike trail, has three cameras installed to document the passage of animals. The information collected will make it possible, as early as 2020, to design a development project in partnership with Concordia University, Conservation Manitou, Éco-Corridors Laurentiens, the MRC des Laurentides, Fondation de la faune du Québec, Corporation du parc linéaire du P'tit Train du Nord, the Woodcock Foundation, Trans Canada Trail and Hydro-Québec.
This project was made possible through the financial contributions of the Minister of the Environment and the Fight against Climate Change through the Ensemble pour la nature project, the Government of Canada through the Natural Heritage Conservation Program, Hydro-Québec, the Fondation de la faune du Québec, the MRC des Laurentides, as a part of the Territorial Development Fund and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada would also like to thank Conservation Manitou for its significant contribution to the project.
This acquisition was made as part of the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Ecological corridors: a climate change adaptation strategy project. This project is made possible thanks to the Action-Climat Québec program, funded by the Fonds vert.
"Protected areas are a cornerstone of our efforts to ensure the preservation of Quebec's natural heritage. In this regard, the protection of a territory in Ivry-sur-le-Lac will not only ensure the conservation of natural environments that are valuable habitats for the wildlife and plant species identified there, but will also contribute to the establishment of a dispersal corridor for these same species. I am proud that the Government of Quebec is contributing to such an initiative." - Benoit Charette, Minister of the Environment and the Fight against Climate Change and Member for Deux-Montagnes
“On behalf of my colleague Catherine McKenna, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, I am proud to announce the expansion of protected areas to conserve important wildlife habitat here in Quebec. Thanks to this investment, we are taking part in doubling the amount of protected nature in Canada’s lands and oceans. I would like to thank the Nature Conservancy of Canada for their work on this wildlife corridor. Here’s another good example of a partnership motivated by a common goal to protect wildlife.” – David Graham, Member of Parliament for Laurentides–Labelle
“Protecting ecosystems by promoting the connectivity of natural habitats is an integral part of our business strategy on biodiversity. We are pleased to contribute to the Route 117 wildlife passage project, which is one of the many measures we are taking to protect fauna and flora” – Marie-Julie Archambault, Director - Environment at Hydro-Québec
“Through its regional development fund, the Laurentides RCM is pleased to participate in the realization of this project, which is a concrete and sustainable step forward in its Politique de soutien aux projets structurants pour améliorer les milieux de vie (policy to support structuring projects to improve living environments).” – Marc L'Heureux, warden for the Laurentides RCM
“I am delighted that the Ivry wildlife crossing is becoming a reality. Three years ago, we had the idea of connecting the natural environments protected by Conservation Manitou south of Route 117 to those protected by NCC in the north. Ivry-sur-le-Lac is located in a strategic area for wildlife movement, and the municipality and its residents are leaders in environmental protection. It is therefore appropriate that the first wildlife crossing in the Laurentians be located in Ivry.” - Stephen Takacsy, President of Conservation Manitou.
- Purchasing this property is helping NCC adapt to our changing climate. Without action, a large number of animal and plant species will migrate or disperse northward for other habitats. Maintaining natural corridors that allow them to travel is essential to their adaptation to new climate realities.
- These 27 newly acquired hectares (66 acres) add to the 711 acres (288 hectares) already protected by NCC in this area. The organization Conservation Manitou, a NCC partner, also protects 538 hectares (1,330 acres) around Lake Manitou.
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 45,000 hectares (111,197 acres) in Quebec.
The Ensemble pour la nature project is a three-year, $15 million grant to the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) from Quebec's Ministère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques (MELCC). 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 Natural Heritage Conservation Program (NCHP) is a federal government investment of $100 million over four years to support the conservation of private lands. Each dollar from the government will be enhanced by $2 in matching funds raised by NCC and its partners. The NHCP will enable the conservation of at least 200,000 hectares (over 490,000 acres) of land of high ecological value.
The Fondation Hydro-Québec pour l'environnement is a non-profit organization founded in 2001 whose mission is to help Quebec communities take ownership of their environment, enjoy it responsibly and pass on this natural heritage to future generations. From 2001 to 2018, the Foundation supported 284 projects implemented in all administrative regions of Quebec Last May, Hydro-Québec entered into a partnership agreement with the Fondation de la faune du Québec. The latter now administers the contractual commitments of the Fondation Hydro-Québec pour l’environnement and will manage a new funding program fully subsidized by Hydro-Québec. For more information, visit http://www.fondationdelafaune.qc.ca/en/
The mission of the Fondation de la faune du Québec is to promote the conservation and enhancement of wildlife and its habitats. Thanks to the contribution of more than one million hunters, fishermen and trappers in Quebec, thousands of donors, and numerous private companies, the Foundation has supported more than 2,000 organizations throughout Quebec since 1987.
The North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) is a program administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Conservation Manitou is a registered charitable organization whose mission is to preserve and protect the ecosystem and natural environment of Lake Manitou.
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