A 15 hectares prop­erty pro­tected in North Hat­ley near Lake Mas­saw­ippi

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - East­man

Mas­saw­ip­piPaul Caron, Mar­got Hey­er­hoff Nor­man Web­ster, Si­mon Mar­cil,

Con­ser­va­tion Trust and Ap­palachian Cor­ri­dor an­nounce the pro­tec­tion in per­pe­tu­ity of a new 15-hectare (37-acre) prop­erty near Lake Mas­saw­ippi. With this prop­erty, 12,291 ha (30,372 acres) of pri­vate land are now pro­tected in per­pe­tu­ity on Ap­palachian Cor­ri­dor’s ter­ri­tory of ac­tion, in­clud­ing 307 ha (758 acres) pro­tected di­rectly by Mas­saw­ippi Con­ser­va­tion Trust.

own­ers Conor and Jac­quie Boyd are de­lighted with this trans­ac­tion: “It is heart­warm­ing for us to know that the woods be­hind our old fam­ily home are in such good hands. The out­come could not have been bet­ter and we are in­debted to the Trust for all its ef­forts to pro­tect this prop­erty." Mar­got Hey­er­hoff, pres­i­dent of the Mas­saw­ippi Foun­da­tion, stated "Mas­saw­ippi Con­ser­va­tion Trust is thrilled and hon­oured to have this his­toric and eco­log­i­cally rich prop­erty, owned by the Christie Fam­ily for over 80 years, come un­der the Trust's pro­tec­tion for­ever."

Ruel, Act­ing Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor at Ap­palachian Cor­ri­dor, em­pha­sizes that it is crit­i­cal to pro­tect this prop­erty, both at the lo­cal and re­gional lev­els. “Safe­guard­ing this prop­erty helps sup­port bio­di­ver­sity as well as our nat­u­ral her­itage. It also strength­ens a net­work of pro­tected ar­eas on Mas­saw­ippi Con­ser­va­tion Trust’s ter­ri­tory, while be­ing part of Ap­palachian Cor­ri­dor’s larger con­ser­va­tion strat­egy to pro­tect the few con­ser­va­tion cores of 10,000 hectares or more with low or no frag­men­ta­tion in South­ern Québec. The pub­lic will have the op­por­tu­nity to en­joy this beau­ti­ful for­est with a Red Oak stand and a clear-wa­ter brook since Mas­saw­ippi Con­ser­va­tion Trust plans to open a hik­ing trail ac­ces­si­ble to all on this land.

Seen at the an­nounce­ment of the ad­di­tion of a 15 hectare prop­erty to the Mas­saw­ippi Con­ser­va­tion Trust, who plans to open a pub­lic hik­ing trail on the land, was (l. to r.) An­dré Cham­poux, (Ap­palachian Cor­ri­dor), Trustee (Chair, Mas­saw­ippi Foun­da­tion), Trustee



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