Mike Dembeck


  • Number of Completed Projects (2014-2015)
  • 12
  • Acres Conserved
  • 1,766
  • Land Value
  • $2,991,900
  • Stewardship Volunteers
  • 72
Eric Tschaeppeler

A master plan for the Green Mountains Nature Reserve

NCC, in collaboration with a number of its partners, announced the launch of its master plan for the Green Mountains Nature Reserve — an area in the Eastern Townships covering 70 square kilometres.

This plan rallies more than 20 regional partners around a common vision for conservation that includes research and regional economic development. Developed over the course of three years, the plan integrates accessibility and conservation.

The Green Mountains Nature Reserve, one of the largest parcels of private land in Quebec, covers an area vast enough to provide habitat for a number of wide-ranging mammals, such bobcat and black bear. The status of nature reserve, granted by the Government of Quebec, ensures additional protection of natural spaces with great ecological value.

The Green Mountains Nature Reserve is accessible to the public thanks to three networks of hiking trails: Appalachian Corridor, Parc d’environnement naturel de Sutton and Les Sentiers de l’Estrie.

For more information, visit: www.rnmv.ca.


Trails for urbanites

It’s not always easy to find a green space to walk in when you live in one of Canada’s largest cities, but thanks to a collaboration between NCC and the Fondation Hydro-Québec pour l’environnement, two nature reserves in the Greater Montreal region are now open to visitors.

New interpretive panels, official trails and access points make the Forêt-de-Senneville Nature Reserve, in Senneville, as well as the Chemin-Saint-Georges Nature Reserve, in Rigaud, welcoming destinations for a nature walk. This enhanced access promotes exploration and walking while providing information about the natural richness and fragility of these woods.

Acquired in 2006 by the Nature Conservancy of Canada, the Forêt-de-Senneville Nature Reserve is adjacent to McGill University’s Morgan Arboretum. It features a vast range of natural habitats, such as a century-old forest, a stream, a wetland as well as a regenerating zone.

The Chemin-Saint-Georges Nature Reserve is located at the heart of the Mont Rigaud forest and is distinctive for its mature deciduous forest, which is over 80 years old and serves as a migratory stopover for a variety of bird species.

Mike Dembeck

Help for Atlantic salmon

NCC proudly announced its largest private land conservation project on the Gaspé Peninsula this year.

Situated between the towns of Gaspé and Percé and spanning 778 acres (315 hectares), the property features 14 salmon pools on the Malbaie River. This stunning property is also strategically located near coastal properties previously acquired for conservation by NCC.

This new conservation project, which received support from the Government of Canada under the National Conservation Plan, TD Forests, the Fondation de la faune du Québec and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is a key area for Atlantic salmon. The property is also a breeding site for many migratory birds and shelters an extensive network of connected forest; crucial habitat for the movement of large mammals such as black bear and moose.

The conservation of this area will help protect habitat for St. Lawrence population of Atlantic salmon, a species of special concern according to the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. The Malbaie River will also remain accessible to anglers, thanks to a local fishing camp and the Greiner family.