Jen­nifer Young will be back soon Johnville Bog to be pro­tected for­ever

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Len­noxville, Sher­brooke

TheCor­po­ra­tion de con­ser­va­tion du boisé de Johnville, Bishop’s Univer­sity and the Université de Sher­brooke an­nounced yes­ter­day that the Johnville bog park, of­fi­cially known as the Parc éco­forestier de Johnville, will be pro­tected in per­pe­tu­ity to en­sure the sur­vival of this unique area.

Co-own­ers of the park since De­cem­ber of 2010, the uni­ver­si­ties have do­nated a per­pet­ual servi­tude of con­ser­va­tion for this ex­cep­tional site, to be added to the one that was ac­quired by the Cor­po­ra­tion in 2007. The servi­tude will re­main in ef­fect not only as long as the uni­ver­si­ties own the land, but for all suc­ceed­ing own­ers, and pro­hibits ac­tiv­i­ties that could have a neg­a­tive im­pact on the park such as drainage, road con­struc­tion and the use of mo­tor­ized ve­hi­cles.

The Cor­po­ra­tion hosted a tour, yes­ter­day, for ad­min­is­tra­tors from both uni­ver­si­ties. “In be­com­ing co-owner of the Parc éco­forestier de Johnville and en­sur­ing its long-term pro­tec­tion, Bishop’s Univer­sity now has a for­mi­da­ble nat­u­ral lab­o­ra­tory, known for its huge, eco­log­i­cal im­por­tance. In part­ner­ing with the Université de Sher­brooke, train­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and sci­en­tific re­search projects al­ready un­der way can be con­sol­i­dated,” com­mented Michael Childs, vi­ceprin­ci­pal of Aca­demic Af­fairs at Bishop’s Univer­sity.

“The pro­tec­tion of bio­di­ver­sity con­sti­tutes a ma­jor is­sue for so­ci­ety,” said Alain Web­ster, the vicerec­tor of sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment and gov­ern­men­tal re­la­tions at the

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Luce Samoi­sette (front left), the rec­tor of the Université de Sher­brooke, and Michael Gold­bloom (front right), the prin­ci­pal and vice-chan­cel­lor of Bishop’s Univer­sity, toured the éco­forestier along with del­e­ga­tions from both uni­ver­si­ties yes­ter­day.

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