Ap­palachian Cor­ri­dor opens up to the com­mu­nity for the In­ter­na­tional Day of Bio­di­ver­sity

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East­man

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!”

Photo courtesy

East­man mayor Ger­ard Mari­novich (cen­tre) is seen here at the Open Doors event of the new Ap­palachian Cor­ri­dor of­fice in East­man.

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