Quebec Strategy on protected areas:
QUÉBEC ANNOUNCES A $2,898,232 FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE GRANT FOR PRESERVATION IN
A PRIVATE ENVIRONMENT OF THE SUTTON MOUNTAINS
West Brome, August 5, 2004 – Quebec Premier, Mr. Jean
Charest, the Minister of the Environment, Mr. Thomas J. Mulcair and Mr.
Pierre Paradis, MNA for Brome-Missisquoi, announce a $2,898,232 financial
assistance grant to the Conservation de la Nature - Québec organization for
the protection of natural areas in the Sutton Mountains. This grant is part
of a conservation initiative to ensure the preservation of a significant
portion of this massif, which represents one of the last wild regions in
southern Quebec and which is a continuity of the Vermont Green Mountains.
“Thanks to the financial assistance granted today,
Conservation de la Nature - Québec was able to acquire a fantastic area;
this represents a significant step forward in building a transboundary
corridor for the discovery of nature and outdoor activities and for the
establishment of a hiking trail to connect the Eastern Townships and Georgia
through the Appalachian Trail. The Eastern Townships thus have the
opportunity to implement an ecotourism model project for sustainable
development”, said Premier Charest.
For Minister Mulcair, the considerable investment announced
today represents an opportunity to stress the importance the Quebec
Government places on preserving biodiversity and protected areas. “Our
main preservation challenge on private lands is in our capacity to protect
vast spaces that are vital to large animals and to preserve landscapes.
Acquiring the 40 square kilometres of untouched nature in the Sutton
Mountains represents one of the most remarkable public-private preservation
efforts in Quebec. I wish to emphasize that this project could not have gone
ahead without the cooperation of Domtar”, said Minister Mulcair.
The financial assistance granted by the Ministry of the
Environment allowed Conservation de la Nature - Québec to acquire the Domtar
property, which spans the Bolton Ouest, Potton and Sutton municipalities.
The government financial assistance grant will be used to pay for 50% of the
acquisition costs for this 4044-hectare site, thus contributing to preserve
large areas of life-sustaining forests for large animals, including the
black bear and the bobcat. This project not only increases the acreage of
protected areas, but will directly ensure the protection of wild leek
colonies, a plant which is officially listed as vulnerable in Quebec, and
populations of pickerel frogs, spring salamanders and northern dusky
salamanders. These last three species are susceptible of being designated as
threatened or vulnerable in Quebec.
“I congratulate the instigators and partners in this vast
project to ensure the preservation of Sutton Mountains. This is a prime
example of cooperation that will not only preserve biodiversity in Quebec,
but also the beauty of the landscapes, which has a direct impact on the
citizens' quality of life in this area”, said Mr. Pierre Paradis, MNA
Finally, the Regional Director of Conservation de la Nature
- Québec said that “This acquisition represents the most meaningful
example of private-public partnership ever carried out in the field of
conservation in Quebec for the benefit of present and future generations.
This historical transaction brings to 15,000 acres (60 square kilometres)
the protected area surface in the Sutton Mountains, thus making it the
largest private natural area in Quebec.”
initiative in the Sutton Mountains is part of the $10M financial
partnership agreement signed on January 24, 2002, between Conservation de la
Nature - Québec and the Quebec Government within the scope of the
Programme national pour le développement d’un réseau privé d’aires protégées
[National Program for the development of a private network of protected
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