The Appalachian Corridor and The Mont Foster Project

Many people call this time of the year “the season of giving” seeing as the famous “Giving Tuesday” has just flown by us. “Giving Tuesday” was introduced in 2012 when two organisations, the 92nd Street Y and The United Nations Foundation, joined forces to dedicate a single day of the year to celebrate the generosity of giving, in which I quote, “is a great American tradition”. 

Nestled in the heart of the Eastern Townships there is not only pristine lakes, flourishing forests, and quaint cabins, but an expansive territory, hopefully, home to a nature reserve. To be exact the Northern Appalachian/Acadian Ecoregion, which includes The Appalachian Corridor, spans across “two counties, five US states, and four Canadian provinces”[1]rightfully claiming the title of the densest forest in proximity to people. 


Image 1: Map outlining (region coloured in green) the territory of the Appalachian Corridor.

It is the home to many species of animals: black bears, fisher cats, bobcats, cougars, and moose, including quite a few endangered ones: wood turtles, snapping turtles, pickerel frogs, four-toed salamanders, spring salamanders, and northern dusky salamanders. All of these species, no matter how cute or cuddly they may be, are important factors to maintaining a healthy ecosystem. 

Image 2: Photos of some of the animals currently inhabiting the Appalachian Corridor/Mont Foster territory.

Alright, now time for a quick little crash course. Why is this important? Well, The Appalachian Corridor includes a territory known as Mont Foster. To make this territory feel more relatable it is approximately nine kilometres from The Town of Knowlton and is accessible via trail networks. However, currently this area is the headline of an ongoing saga between citizens and a developer who plans to flatten the forest and construct up to 70 homes. Yes, that means new infrastructure, economic benefits, and jobs, but it also means displacing animals, destruction of habitat, disrupting 1000 year old migration routes, and natural beauty. Today, 75% or 217 hectares of this land is protected as a nature reserve, but still more needs to be done. Like anything else the funding project has deadlines and this projects deadline is fast approaching. So, with the “Giving Tuesday” mindset firmly in place please ponder the idea of giving back to your community. Preserving this natural area is beneficial for everyone, whereas deforestation only benefits a handful. 

Image 3: Official logo of The Appalachian Corridor.

If you are willing and able to give, please consider the Appalachian Corridor: Mont Foster Project. 

If you would like to hear more, please listen to the fabulous interview on CIDI 99.1 FM with Gail Watt.Citizens-of-the-Townships-Gale-Watt-2DOWNLOAD

 For more information please visit the website: corridorappalachien.ca    

[1] Appalachian Corridor – http://www.corridorappalachien.ca/en/geographical-portrait/

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