Van Brunt’s Jacob’s-ladder (Photo by Joanie Bélanger, BEA)

Van Brunt’s Jacob’s-ladder (Photo by Joanie Bélanger, BEA)

The Nature Conservancy of Canada protects important habitat for Van Brunt’s Jacob’s-ladder

November 8, 2017


The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) announces that a new protected property has been added in the Estrie. Covering an area of almost 31 hectares (76 acres), it is located in Ham-Sud, about 50 kilometres northeast of Sherbrooke, in the Border Mountains region. Protecting this property is essential to the survival of populations of Van Brunt's Jacob's-ladder in Canada, a floral species at risk.

Protecting Van Brunt's Jacob's-ladder

The property is mainly covered with forests, which surround a central wetland. This wetland is the main habitat for Van Brunt's Jacob's-ladder, a threatened plant species under the Canada Species at Risk Act (SARA) and the Quebec Act Respecting Threatened or Vulnerable Species (ARTVS), which is found only in northeastern North America. In Quebec, it is only present in the Estrie and Centre-du-Québec.

One of the greatest threats to Van Brunt's Jacob's-ladder is habitat loss. Indeed, wetlands are frequently reclaimed for planting purposes.

Several at-risk species

In addition to Van Brunt's Jacob's-ladder, the protected property is also frequented by Canada warbler and olive-sided flycatcher, two wildlife species classified as threatened under SARA and likely to be threatened or vulnerable under the ARTVS. Ruffed grouse and porcupine are also present.


The Nature Conservancy of Canada would like to thank the following donors who made the protection of these 31 hectares possible: the Government of Canada's Natural Areas Conservation Program and individual donors who wish to remain anonymous.

"I am proud to support the announcement today of more than 30 additional hectares of forest and wetland in Ham-Sud. Through the Natural Areas Conservation Program, our government is working with the Nature Conservancy of Canada and other partners to conserve Canada’s biodiversity and natural heritage. Protecting habitat helps fight climate change, and by working together we can all make a difference for our climate and our wildlife," says the Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada.


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 40,000 hectares (98,800 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

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.

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Media Contact:

Elizabeth Sbaglia
Communications Manager, Quebec Region
Nature Conservancy of Canada
514-876-1606 x6240

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