Detailed Wetland Mapping
Wetland in the Regional Municipal County of Memphrémagog, Québec – © Ducks Unlimited Canada
To conserve wetlands, the first information needed is the knowledge of where these high-priority habitats are located within the Province. Over the last two decades, Ducks Unlimited Canada, in collaboration with other Joint Venture partners, have set out to map the Province’s southern wetlands. Together, they have undertaken to identify and develop detailed maps of all wetlands greater than 0.5 hectares in the inhabited regions of Southern Québec. Each wetland is precisely delineated, classified and examined to identify any anthropogenic disturbance. The objective is to provide a precise data source so that land-use planners can make informed decisions. Detailed maps and databases are available on the Données Québec open data portal. Since 2017, these geomatic tools have become increasingly useful because according to the Act, the conservation of wetlands and bodies of water requires all county municipalities to adopt a regional wetlands and water bodies plan by June 16 2022.
Conservation of the Lake Saint-Pierre region
Wood duck/Jean-Maxime Pelletier
Lake Saint-Pierre is a biodiversity hotspot with the Province’s largest floodplain. Joint Venture partners have been involved for more than three decades in habitat protection, restoration and enhancement in this high-priority area of vital importance to waterfowl at the continental scale. Despite these efforts, the lake’s condition has deteriorated because of a change in agriculture practices near and around the lake, and from water quality deterioration originating from the watershed. In 2016, Joint Venture partners agreed to restore and protect 800 hectares of prime habitat for waterfowl and yellow perch over an initial five-year period (2017-2022). Subsequently, federal and provincial governments developed financial programs to aid farm conversions and to help restore the lake’s water quality. It is a story to unfold as conservation actions continue to be undertaken for the good of humans and wildlife.
For more information, see the Québec EHJV Implementation Plan 2015-2020.
Catherine Poussart, Biologist
Direction de l’expertise sur la faune terrestre, l’herpétofaune et l’avifaune
Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs
Pierre Aquin, Biologist
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Canadian Wildlife Service – Québec Region