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ECO-PROTECTION: Quebec adding 17,000 km to protected lands

QUEBEC The GOVERNMENT OF QUEBEC has added 17,835.3 km to lands preserved in their natural state in the province....



QUEBEC The GOVERNMENT OF QUEBEC has added 17,835.3 km to lands preserved in their natural state in the province. The announcement was made Oct. 7, 2008, by Premier Jean Charest and Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks Line Beauchamp.

The newly designated lands include parts of the Ungava Bay Basin, Monts Torngat and the Southern Laurentian natural provinces. Chief among them is and area of 7,282 km along the George River. Boundaries of several other protected areas were enlarged, including the Albanel-Temiscamie-Otish park project.

The addition of these lands is part of the province’s goal to set aside 8% of its surface area as protected lands. With last week’s announcement, the total stands at 7%. The areas are intended to preserve biological diversity as well as natural and cultural resources. They are subject to specific regulations.

Further information in both French and English is available at www.MDDEP.gouv.qc.ca.


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