Appalachian Corridor opens up to the community for the International Day of Biodiversity
Numerous citizens, young and old, came to the Open Doors organised by Appalachian Corridor at their new office in Eastman. This event was a perfect opportunity to meet the team of passionate staff working to protect biodiversity in the southern part of the Eastern Townships.
Appalachian Corridor employees and Board Members welcomed visitors at their new location at the heart of an important natural linkage between Mount Orford and the Sutton Mountain Range. Appalachian Corridor is now based near the Misssiquoi Nord River, in a critical wildlife corridor crossing human barriers such as Highway 10. The move brings the charitable organisation closer to key areas where a number of conservation projects were recently completed and to regions recently added to their territory of action (Shefford and Massawippi, in 2011).
In order to share their passion for biodiversity, the team invited citizens to take part in interactive presentations on species at risk as well as plants and wildlife representative of the Eastern Townships. Furthermore, the nearby river and wetland provided great opportunities to learn more about sensitive habitats!
“Citizens are at the heart of our mission. They are the ones making the decision to protect their land in perpetuity and are in charge of our natural heritage” declares MarieJosé Auclair, President of Appalachian Corridor. Mélanie Lelièvre, Executive Director, adds that “it is important for Appalachian Corridor to be open and available for the community. We are proud of the expertise developed and partnership shared over the last 10 years, and we hope they will benefit to the widest number of people”.
Citizens of Eastman and people living along the Missisquoi Nord valley are certainly among these. It is interesting to note the Mayors of Eastman and East Bolton took part to the event. 2
“We are delighted to see Appalachian Corridor grow their roots at the heart of the area we
value and want to promote” says Gerard Marinovich, Mayor of Eastman. “The municipality is currently working on developing ecotourism in the upper Missisquoi Nord River, with its rich wetlands and exceptional habitats for plants and animals alike. Eastman is a place known for both its nature and culture, so it is very natural for us to endorse the mission of Appalachian Corridor!”
Pierre Jacob, federal MP for Brome Missisquoi, highlights that “local conservation efforts have a positive impact of the worldwide health of ecosystems, since biodiversity depends on a fragile balance where everything is interrelated. Supporting Appalachian Corridor and its conservation partners is all the more important since they make miracles happen with very tight budgets. We ought to keep pushing forward to strengthen existing legislation for nature conservation!”
Eastman mayor Gerard Marinovich (centre) is seen here at the Open Doors event of the new Appalachian Corridor office in Eastman.