Conservation area in the Green Mountains is expanded
A family's dream is realized
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) today announced the protection of 100 hectares (247 acres) on the southern flank of the Sutton Mountains, in the Eastern Townships. Thanks to the Krieg family, who donated a portion of the value of their land to the charitable organization, this regionally significant natural gem will be conserved for the long term.
The Au Diable Vert outdoor centre has also acquired land adjacent to the new NCC property. Together, these acquisitions help consolidate an important network of walking trails that cross the properties of both organizations, and demonstrate that, through an innovative partnership, it is possible to combine conservation and recreational activities.
A haven of biodiversity
The property, known as the Green Mountains - August and Linda Krieg family section, is part of a vast ecological corridor connecting the Green Mountains Nature Reserve to the Missisquoi North River. Its mature forests, which include maple groves over 80 years old, are home to eastern wood-pewee, a small bird designated as being of special concern under the Canadian Species at Risk Act (SARA).
The two streams originating in this natural environment also provide prime habitat for spring salamander, designated as vulnerable under the Quebec Act Respecting Threatened or Vulnerable Species (ARTVS) and threatened under SARA, as well as for northern dusky salamander.
Protecting 70 years of history
The land acquired by NCC, which is located in Glen Sutton, has been in the possession of the Krieg family for several decades. Purchased by August Krieg in the 1950s, the family farm is where his children, Regina, Rosemary, Henry, Linda and Sylvia, grew up. As they recount, “We have memories of a happy childhood, of regular gatherings of the children and grandchildren, and of a peaceful retirement for our parents, August and Linda.”
As early as the 1950s, August and Linda expressed a wish to see this family estate protected for the long term. After August passed away, it was through Au Diable Vert that his children approached NCC for this purpose. Through their generous donation to the conservation organization, August and Linda’s children are realizing their parents’ forward-thinking vision.
“It is an environment of great ecological value, but it also holds another kind of wealth. Conserving it allows us to keep alive the memory of someone who had a great respect for nature, a deep attachment to his land and a desire to protect it, share its benefits and enhance it. NCC is proud to help conserve this regional and family heritage,” says Cynthia Patry, NCC project manager for the Northern Green Mountains.
Joining forces to conserve a Quebec treasure
The Northern Green Mountains, which connect Vermont with Mont-Orford, are a key site for biodiversity and outdoor activities.
NCC and Appalachian Corridor, whose mission is the conservation of the Appalachians of southern Quebec, as well as their partners, have been working for several years to protect and enhance the Quebec portion of this mountain range.
Area residents are also actively contributing to the protection of this precious natural and cultural heritage jewel. Several of them have organized fundraising events over the years. Their involvement is essential, since it is these private contributions that enable conservation organizations to access public funds allocated to the protection of natural environments.
This project was made possible thanks to the contribution of several partners. NCC thanks the family of August and Linda Krieg for their generosity. The conservation of this property was also enabled through financial support from the Government of Canada, through the Natural Heritage Conservation Program (NHCP) funded by the Nature Fund of Canada, the Ensemble pour la nature project of Quebec’s Ministère de l'Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques, Sweet Water Trust and CGI.
“I would like to congratulate the Nature Conservancy of Canada, the Krieg family and other conservation partners for helping to protect the Krieg property in Quebec. Not only will this forested land protect biodiversity, but it will also ensure that citizens can connect with nature. We are proud to support the project through the Canada Nature Fund’s Natural Heritage Conservation Program. By taking the initiative now, we are making progress toward achieving our goal of conserving a quarter of Canada’s land by 2025.” - Lyne Bessette, Member of Parliament for Brome–Missisquoi
“I am delighted to see nature enthusiasts coming together to help protect natural environments of undeniable value. The consolidation of an already existing network of trails while ensuring the protection of biodiversity is also a very interesting aspect of this project. I am pleased that the Government of Quebec is contributing to this wonderful initiative. Thank you to the partners and a special thank you to the Krieg family for their generosity; thanks to you, the Ensemble pour la nature project is fulfilling its true potential!” - Benoit Charette, Minister of the Environment and the Fight against Climate Change
“We are very excited to be able to collaborate with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) on the purchase of this pristine property. The expansion of Au Diable Vert’s land allows us to continue our mission of ecologically responsible tourism and at the same time help preserve the unspoiled beauty of the Green Mountains. Many of Au Diable Vert’s values align with NCC’s, and we are looking forward to working with them on this project and others in the future.” - Jeremy Fontana, co-owner of Au Diable Vert
- The property is located in the North Missisquoi Valley, home to one of Quebec's largest populations of wood turtles, a species designated as vulnerable under ARTVS and threatened under SARA. The property is within the range used by the species.
- Preserving ecological corridors (forest or aquatic passages that link natural environments together) helps avoid the disappearance of species. This prevents animals and plants from being isolated from their natural habitat due to human infrastructure, for example.
- The hiking trails that cross the NCC and Au Diable Vert properties offer the public the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of nature. The trails are managed by Au Diable Vert and Les Sentiers de l'Estrie.
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 14 million hectares (35 million acres), coast to coast to coast, including 48,000 hectares (188,600 acres) in Quebec. To learn more, visit natureconservancy.ca.
The Government of Canada's Natural Heritage Conservation Program (NHCP) is a unique public-private partnership designed to support the creation of new protected and conserved areas through the acquisition of private lands or of rights to them. The program is administered by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). The federal government's investment in the program is augmented by matching contributions raised by NCC and its partners, Ducks Unlimited Canada and the Canadian conservation community.
The Ensemble pour la nature project (PEPN) is a three-year, $15-million grant awarded 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. Its aim was to establish financial partnerships and acquire scientific knowledge to ensure the conservation and protection of natural environments on private lands in Quebec until March 31, 2020. The grant promoted solidarity with respect to protected areas by involving Quebec communities in conservation actions.
You can view the recording of the event here: https://www.livemeeting.ca/meeting/conservation-nature-canada/.
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