Through the implementation of a transborder conservation strategy, Appalachian Corridor works with local communities to maintain and restore a way of life that respects the ecology of the region from a perspective of sustainable development.
We plan to increase protected acreage in core conservation areas, buffer zones, natural corridors and biodiversity hotspots by means of conservation agreements. Our efforts are also oriented toward the protection of forests, wetlands and biodiversity as a whole, and the development of stewardship projects on protected properties.
Our organization offers technical assistance, advice and expertise to conservation organizations and contributors who share its vision. In addition, we organize various activities focusing on raising awareness to landowners about conservation issues and offer training to local conservation organizations.
Appalachian Corridor stands out in Quebec, not only because of our innovative scientific approach at the landscape scale, but also because of the outstanding results of our effective partnerships in terms of protected areas on the territory.
The approach chosen by Appalachian Corridor is becoming a model that is generating interest in other regions (e.g. Éco-Corridors Laurentiens) and even in the United States (we were consulted when Cold Hollow to Canada Link was created). The organisation shares its expertise to help kick-start other large scale projects elsewhere in Quebec. These projects emphasize the crucial role of local citizens in the protection of natural areas on private lands.
First sponsored by the Ruiter Valley Land Trust, Appalachian Corridor was created in 2002 and received its charitable status in December 2003. From its offices in Eastman, Quebec, a multidisciplinary team of professionals offers affiliates and landowners a host of services related to conservation initiatives on its territory of action.