The MP for Châteauguay-Lacolle, Brenda Shanahan, is pleased to announce a funding of $48,287 to the organization Ambioterra in St-Chrysostome for the project “Corridors verts et bleus dans la Vallée-du-Haut-Saint-Laurent”, specifically in St-Michel, St-Patrice-de-Sherrington, St-Cyprien-de-Napierville, and St-Bernard-de-Lacolle. This project is being carried out under Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Habitat Stewardship Program – Prevention stream.
The Habitat Stewardship Program contributes to the preservation of biodiversity by supporting stakeholders that help recover species at risk and prevent other species from becoming a conservation concern.
Ambioterra’s project aims to address the degradation issues in natural habitats that are putting the health of fauna, flora and humans at risk. The project will create a network of wildlife corridors in the Vallée du Haut-Saint-Laurent, which will help connect ecosystems and will be a promising solution to combat pollution and the destruction of habitats.
Conservation of wildlife and vegetation
With this funding, Ambioterra will be able to help a dozen private land owners in the region to conserve, improve and restore natural habitats on their land. The priority is to protect 11 sensitive or potentially at-risk species, including birds, fish, amphibians, and plants.
“More than 90% of the Vallée-du-Haut-Saint-Laurent is privately owned, so the land owners are in the best position to protect biodiversity and restore the quality of the natural resources,” says the President of Ambioterra, Karel Ménard. “This is why we are working with these owners to improve the region’s environmental health.”
“We are proud to have environmental protection agencies like Ambioterra in our region,” adds Brenda Shanahan. “The people who care about our natural heritage show remarkable expertise and dedication. Thanks to them, we have a greater appreciation for our communities and can enjoy a healthier environment.”
“Our government recognizes the importance of the community groups that assist in conservation efforts across the country,” comments the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna. “We are pleased to support those who are working to protect Canada’s lands and waters.”
Ambioterra is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote the conservation and protection of natural habitats and endangered species. Ambioterra carries out projects to protect biodiversity, promotes awareness on environmental issues and conducts participatory action research projects.
Photo: Example of an Ambioterra land project at the Monchamp farm in St‑Michel.