11.3 ha pro­tected for gen­er­a­tions to come!

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Nearly four years to the day the project was launched, the Al­ton E. Peck Na­ture Re­serve was pub­lished in the Que­bec Of­fi­cial Gazette on Septem­ber 3rd, 2014. “It was long and la­bo­ri­ous given that there were 11 prop­erty own­ers that wanted to choose some­thing other than a com­mer­cial sale of the land” ex­plained Guy Li­zotte, con­ser­va­tion con­sul­tant with Ap­palachian Cor­ri­dor. “They called Ap­palachian Cor­ri­dor to ac­com­pany them in their quest for a per­pet­ual pro­tec­tion of the prop­erty”.

“We were see­ing lots of de­vel­op­ment and our fear that the next gen­er­a­tion may not share our val­ues was our im­pe­tus to pro­tect the land” said An­drew Tosh, Pres­i­dent of Al­ton E. Peck Park Inc. “We are pleased with the out­come and we wouldn’t have been able to make it hap­pen with­out Ap­palachian Cor­ri­dor”.

Lo­cated in Saint-De­nis-de-Brompton, the Al­ton E. Peck Na­ture Re­serve is almost en­tirely forested. The pres­ence of Peck Road across the prop­erty could have fa­cil­i­tated the build­ing of new homes. Given the prox­im­ity to Petit-Brompton Lake, the pres­sure to de­velop sec­ondary or per­ma­nent res­i­dences on this land was un­de­ni­able and could have af­fected its nat­u­ral habi­tats.

Orig­i­nal owner Al­ton Ed­ward Peck, who died in 1969, be­queathed the 11.3 ha of land to his wife Ma­bel G. Frost, who quickly found her­self sur­rounded by de­vel­op­ment pro­mot­ers. She turned to the sum­mer home own­ers on the prop­erty and formed an or­ga­ni­za­tion that would pro­tect the prop­erty for the gen­er­a­tions to come. The Al­ton E. Peck Park Inc. Group is now com­prised of the 2nd gen­er­a­tion

of share­hold­ers, the majority be­ing the chil­dren of the orig­i­nal home own­ers.

The re­serve is lo­cated close to the east­ern shore of Petit-Brompton Lake and the stream found on the prop­erty flows into the lake. The prop­erty boasts sev­eral small wet­lands and the con­ser­va­tion of th­ese and the stream’s nat­u­ral state is par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant for the qual­ity of the wa­ter­shed and that of the aquatic habi­tat. The Snap­ping Tur­tle, a species listed in Canada as be­ing of Spe­cial Con­cern, has even been ob­served not far from the lake, and the pro­tec­tion of the Al­ton E. Pack na­ture re­serve now safe­guards parts of this rep­tile’s home range.

The pro­tec­tion of the Al­ton E. Peck prop­erty will also help to main­tain habi­tats sur­round­ing a nearby oc­cur­rence of the Green Moun­tain Maid­en­hair Fern, a species at risk in Que­bec. In ad­di­tion, the re­serve is part of nat­u­ral cor­ri­dor iden­ti­fied by Ap­palachian Cor­ri­dor as a con­nec­tion be­tween two large for­est blocks. The suc­cess­ful con­clu­sion this con­ser­va­tion project could in­spire other landown­ers in this key area, thus con­tribut­ing to main­tain pop­u­la­tions of species rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the re­gion.

In con­cert with lo­cal con­ser­va­tion ob­jec­tives, the pro­tec­tion of the Al­ton E. Peck prop­erty will con­trib­ute to the con­sol­i­da­tion of gains in terms of pro­tected nat­u­ral habi­tats in the Val-St-Fran­cois re­gion. Re­gion­ally, the pro­tected prop­erty will be inte- grated into the Ap­palachian Cor­ri­dor con­ser­va­tion strat­egy, that vies to pre­serve the rare lit­tle or non-frag­mented forestry cores of more than 11,500 ha in the south of Que­bec. This strat­egy also aims to main­tain the pop­u­la­tion of vi­able species and com­mu­ni­ties as well as the nat­u­ral pro­cesses that support them. This strat­egy is based on the eco­log­i­cal anal­y­sis of the land­scape and the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of con­ser­va­tion « cores » that link them to­gether and there­fore en­sures con­nec­tiv­ity be­tween th­ese zones. Provin­cially, the na­ture re­serve will al­low an ap­pre­cia­ble in­crease in pro­tected zones on pri­vate lands within south­ern Que­bec, one of the key is­sues of the Que­bec gov­ern­ment’s strat­egy on pro­tected ar­eas.

Con­ser­va­tion Con­sul­tant Guy Li­zotte and the pres­i­dent of Al­ton E. Peck Park Inc., An­drew Tosh, at the sign­ing of the im­por­tant doc­u­ments.

The Green Moun­tain Maid­en­hair Fern is a species at risk in Que­bec.

Pho­tos cour­tesy

The Snap­ping Tur­tle needs to be pro­tected in the Ap­palachian Cor­ri­dor.

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