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The journey to protection in perpetuity for Mont Rougemont continues

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Beloeil, February 6, 2024 – Nature-Action Québec (NAQ) is proud to announce the protection in perpetuity of more than 10 hectares (ha) on Mont Rougemont thanks to two acquisitions. The joint efforts of NAQ and its partners, including the Association du Mont Rougemont (AMR) and the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), have increased the total area legally protected on the hill to over 340 ha. These new sites will enable us to preserve the sensitive environments found in the hill’s steep slopes, among other goals.

 

Mont Rougemont is home to a diverse range of natural environments, including steep slopes and thin soil, where unique vegetation grows a little more slowly. Variable topography and rocky outcrops create unique habitats, distinct from those surrounding them. The species found there are also specific to these less accessible environments. Despite their modest size, the slopes of this Monteregian hill provide suitable habitats for species of flora and fauna that thrive in isolation from the other occupants of the local forest. White-tailed deer, for example, are often channeled away from these environments of steep slopes and shallow soil. Since these areas are less frequented by deer, the survival rate of certain vulnerable plants is higher due to reduced grazing.

 

In addition, the terrain’s elevation and proximity to the water table provide several temporary streams that replenish the natural aquifer of the Montérégie region as well as the beautiful scenery of small, ephemeral waterfalls. Finally, sloping and thinly soiled environments such as those newly protected by these acquisitions are particularly sensitive to human disturbance, and remind us of the importance of preserving the integrity of our natural environments. Even low-impact recreational activities such as hiking can have a much more pronounced effect in environments that take longer to develop and recover from human disturbance.

 

 

Our conservation team patrols the newly conserved properties on Mont Rougemont.

 

 

Acknowledgements

This acquisition was carried out in collaboration with the Association du Mont Rougemont, a key partner in making our conservation projects a reality through its canvassing efforts and close relationships with property owners. Other key partners in the project include Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), with a financial contribution to the project through its Canada Nature Fund program and the Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk, as well as the Fondation de la faune du Québec. This project was also made possible thanks to the Nature Conservancy of Canada through the Partenariat pour les milieux naturels project, for which the Quebec government has provided over $53 million in financial assistance. We would also like to thank Paul Darsigny, as well as Yvette Morin’s family members, including Paule Durocher, the liquidator of Madame Morin’s estate. The involvement of landowners is crucial to the conservation of natural environments on private land.

 

 

 

Quotes

 

“NAQ is very proud of the work accomplished by its teams, and of the collaboration with the partners involved in this project to protect the forests of the Monteregian Hills. It is important to remember that this work would not be possible without the exceptional contribution of private landowners who have chosen to step up for conservation. These additional 10 hectares on Mont Rougemont are a further step towards consolidating the protection of natural environments in peri-urban areas.” – Romy Bazo, Director of Conservation at Nature-Action Québec

 

 

“Mont Rougemont landowners who opt for notarized perpetual protection of their forested land are making a generous move for future generations. The Association du Mont Rougemont is proud to contribute to this effort by assisting landowners in these endeavors, not to mention all those who are committed to ensuring that the Mont Rougemont forest remains in good health for a long time to come.” – Chrystiane Collette, AMR President

 

 

“I would like to thank Nature-Action Québec and its partners for their remarkable commitment and efforts to protect nature. This project contributes not only to the sustainability of Mont Rougemont, but also to the preservation of biodiversity and the well-being of the community. Together, we are taking action to achieve our goal of conserving 30 percent of Canada's land and oceans by 2030.” – The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

 

 

 

“Initiatives such as the one to protect Mont Rougemont, among others, allow us to let local communities benefit from the presence of protected areas and highlight the importance of protecting natural environments found there whose conservation value is undeniable. I'd like to thank all the partners who are mobilizing for our natural environments, since it's by working together that we can preserve our rich natural heritage.” – Benoit Charette, Minister of the Environment, the Fight against Climate Change, Wildlife and Parks, and Minister Responsible for the Laurentides Region

 

 

About

Habitat Stewardship Program

One of the Government of Canada’s conservation mandates is the conservation of nature, including the recovery of species at risk. In this regard, the Habitat Stewardship Program was established in 2000. It provides funding for projects submitted by Canadians that contribute directly to the recovery objectives and population goals of the species at risk that are listed on Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act, or that are designated at risk by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. Environment and Climate Change Canada administers Habitat Stewardship Program funds that support terrestrial stewardship projects, while Fisheries and Oceans Canada is responsible for administering the Habitat Stewardship Program for Aquatic Species at Risk.

 

About Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Canada Nature Fund

The Canada Nature Fund supports the protection of Canada’s biodiversity through the creation of protected and conserved areas, and through initiatives that help to recover species at risk. The Fund is available to not-for-profit and Indigenous organizations, provinces, and territories, as well as others.

 

About Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Habitat Stewardship Program

One of the Government of Canada’s conservation mandates is the conservation of nature, including the recovery of species at risk. In this regard, the Habitat Stewardship Program was established in 2000. It provides funding for projects submitted by Canadians that contribute directly to the recovery objectives and population goals of the species at risk that are listed on Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act, or that are designated at risk by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. Environment and Climate Change Canada administers Habitat Stewardship Program funds that support terrestrial stewardship projects, while Fisheries and Oceans Canada is responsible for administering the Habitat Stewardship Program for Aquatic Species at Risk.

 

The Nature Conservancy of Canada

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is the country’s unifying force for nature. NCC seeks solutions to the twin crises of rapid biodiversity loss and climate change through large-scale, permanent land conservation. As a trusted partner, NCC works with people, communities, businesses and government to protect and care for our most important natural areas. Since 1962, NCC has brought Canadians together to conserve and restore more than 15 million hectares, including nearly 50,000 hectares in Quebec. NCC is a registered charity. With nature, NCC builds a thriving world. To learn more, visit natureconservancy.ca

 

The Projet de partenariat pour les milieu naturels

The Projet de partenariat pour les milieux naturels (PPMN) is a four-year grant of more than $53 million from the Government of Quebec to the Nature Conservancy of Canada. It provides support for voluntary conservation initiatives to ensure the protection of natural areas of interest by establishing financial partnerships with conservation organizations in the province. The PPMN thus aims to develop and consolidate Québec’s network of protected areas located on private land.

 

Fondation de la faune du Québec

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 contributions of more than one million Quebec hunters, fishers and trappers, thousands of donors, and numerous private companies, the Fondation has supported more than 2,000 organizations throughout Quebec since 1987, creating a true wildlife movement.

 

Nature-Action Québec

For thirty-five years, the non-profit Nature-Action Québec has had the mission to guide individuals and organizations in applying better environmental practices. The organization works with municipalities, businesses, community organizations and citizens to carry out concrete projects that contribute to improving Quebecers’ environment, health, well-being and quality of life..

 

 

 

 

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Informations :

Sarah Touchette
Chargée de communications
Nature-Action Québec
sarah.touchette@nature-action.qc.ca
450 536-0422 poste 534