A small step for Ile Verte, a big step towards its preservation

This small area of ​​13,000 m2 located on the eastern tip of the island, in close proximity to the pier Notre-Dame-de-Saint-Douleur. The land, which has been for sale for several years, is in addition to those already owned by the Regrouping, all in the same area.

The aim is to prevent any development in order to preserve the ecosystem of this island environment, which is known to be home to around thirty bird species and attracts several marine mammals.

The vice-president of the organization, Gilbert Delage, believes that the municipality of Notre-Dame-de-Saint-Doulaire has an excellent urban plan, which in many ways ensures the protection of the environment. He adds that municipal regulations are also quite strict. If we want to go further, I think we must go the way of acquisition and slavery. It’s like the last way to reduce the population density on the Island.mentions M. Delage.

Approximately 10% of the island is currently considered a protected area, either through the purchase of land by the organization or through easement agreements. Regroupement pour la perennité de l’île Verte estimates that this share could reach 20% over the next few years.

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However, Mayor Louise Newbury does not share this opinion. The one who was elected in 1999 believes that the rules adopted by the municipality are pretty much sufficient and, above all, they allow everyone to have access to the majestic St. Lawrence.

When we did this 30 years ago, we were told that it doesn’t make sense, that we choose our neighbors, that we are too strict. After that, a few years later, people began to say that we are visionaries. »

Quote from Louise Newbery, Mayor of Notre-Dame-de-Saint-Douleur

She says her municipality has struck the right balance between development and conservation. It is really forbidden to build anything within 50-100 meters from the high tide, depending on whether it is the southern coast or the northern one. This protective strip rises even 300 meters in the area of ​​the lighthouse.

Lighthouse and beacon on Green Island. (archives)

Photo: Radio-Canada/Marie-Christine Rioux

She says she supported the regrouping initiative to ensure Il Verte’s resilience, but insists the coastline remains accessible to the community. We think it’s a success what we did thirty years ago proudly declares Ms. Newbery, who served on the planning committee in 1995.

The organization will soon begin negotiations to acquire 6and lands to be protected adjacent to others. Gilbert Delage also mentions that two approaches to the river will be built on this section.

The purchase of the land recently acquired by Regroupement pour la perennité de l’île Verte was made possible by funding from the Quebec Fauna Foundation. The idea is to really protect areas of interest to wildlife., explains Christine Belanger, Senior Program and Development Manager at the Foundation. Anyone who was directly involved in the acquisition of land wants to be reassuring.

I must say, security is not a glass bell to put up and say that there is no one else who has the right to go there. »

Quote from Christine Belanger, Quebec Wildlife Trust

Christine Belanger insists that the area can be used without losing sight of the conservation of the species. We can harmonize usage by allowing people to walk there, while raising public awareness with interpretive panels, she said.

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