Canada lynx (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

Canada lynx (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

The Forillon peninsula ecological corridor

Forillon Corridor, Gaspé Peninsula (Photo by NCC)

Forillon Corridor, Gaspé Peninsula (Photo by NCC)

Located on the tip of Gaspésie, the Forillon ecological corridor is a forest zone that provides ecological connectivity between Forillon National Park and the large forests of the heart of the Gaspé Peninsula. A natural passage, the ecological corridor allows wildlife to move and plants to disperse.

The area of Forillon National Park is insufficient to ensure the long-term survival of some of its animal populations, particularly in terms of genetic diversity. Its geographical location, at the end of the Gaspé Peninsula, makes the park very vulnerable to the breakdown of ecological links  with the rest of the peninsula. Wooded areas, mostly privately owned, located on either side of Route 197 are the only links to prevent this isolation. Maintaining ecological connectivity along Route 197 is, as a result, a key issue in sustaining the ecological services provided to all the ecosystems of Forillon and the Gaspé Peninsula.

A priority conservation area

Since 2012, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and our partners have protected 182 hectares (450 acres) of woodlands located along Highway 197, between Forillon National Park and public lands. The properties owned by NCC jointly with the governments of Quebec and Canada ensure the vocation of ecological corridor on 75 per cent of a section of 2.2 kilometres  along Route 197.

Located about 15 kilometres from downtown Gaspé and five kilometres from Rivière-au-Renard, these lands provide continuous forest cover dominated by balsam fir, white spruce and red maple. The area’s woodlands and streams are home to mammals with large home ranges, such as moose, white-tailed deer, bears, fisher and American marten.

Acknowledgments

These two new conservation projects were made possible by the financial support of the Ensemble pour la nature project of the Ministère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques du Québec and the Government of Canada’s Natural Areas Conservation Program.

The Ecological Corridors: A Climate Change Adaptation Strategy project is made possible thanks to the Action-Climat Québec program. The Fondation de la faune du Québec and the Woodcock Foundation are also project funding partners.

We also wish to thank the private landowners who contributed to the protection of wildlife corridors on their property.

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