Our
Mission

Appalachian Corridor is a non-profit conservation organization founded in 2002 with a mission to protect natural areas in the Appalachian region of Southern Québec.

To learn more about us, watch this video (1m16s)

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.

Our six main objectives
are as follows:

Protecting

natural areas in perpetuity

Acquiring

and sharing knowledge of the territory’s ecology

Enhancing

selected protected areas

Supporting

local driving forces on conservation issues

Informing

and educating on the importance of the natural heritage

Promoting

the conservation of natural areas and influencing land-use planning

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.

 

Download our 2015-2020 Strategic Plan

 

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.

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Appalachian Corridor

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HISTORY

In 2001, three nature lovers – Ecologist Louise Gratton, Biologist Francine Hone and Project Manager Terri Monahan – started up an ambitious conservation project targeting the protection of the natural corridor of the Appalachians.
What was still know as the Appalachian Corridor project evolved in response to the growing pressures exerted on the territory. The implementation of a global conservation strategy was deemed necessary to minimize human impact and to preserve forested areas large enough to maintain biodiversity.

This
strategy
is based
on three
components

1

Innovative
scientific
principles

2

Voluntary
participation
of landowners

3

Cooperation of
local, national and
American conservation
organizations

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.

Our Team

Appalachian Corridor is a non-profit organisation managed by a Board of Directors. A multi-disciplinary team ensures the implementation of its various conservation projects.

 

In order to fulfill its conservation mission in the region, Appalachian Corridor established a network of Affiliate Members. This network is made up of conservation organisations that target the protection of specific sectors located on Appalachian Corridor’s territory of action.

Board of
directors

mjauclair
Marie-José Auclair
President of the board
plizotte
Pierre Lizotte
Vice-president
lucdumouchel
Luc Dumouchel
Board Member and Treasurer
louisegratton
Louise Gratton
Secretary
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Jacques Marcoux
Board Member
YvonBolduc
Yvon Bolduc
Board Member
mcplanet
Marie-Claire Planet
Delegate for Western Affiliate Members
francoisebricault
Françoise Bricault
Delegate for Eastern Affiliate Members

Appalachian
Corridor
Staff

melanielelievre
Mélanie Lelièvre
Executive Director
martineruel
Martine Ruel
Operations Manager
clementrobidoux
Clément Robidoux
Biologist and Conservation Coordinator
2008-09-01 Caro
Caroline Daguet
Biologist
Veronique_Thibault
Véronique Thiibault
Coordinator, Partnerships, Innovation and Development (for Cynthia Patry, on maternity leave))
mylenealarie
Mylène Alarie
Communications and Philanthropy Coordinator
julieannebellefleur
Julie-Anne Bellefleur
Administrative Assistant
Patrice_Pinault
Patrice Pineault
G.I.S. Technician
David_Brisson
David Brisson
RNMV Coordinator and Conservation Advisor
andrechampoux
André Champoux
Conservation Advisor
cynthiapatry
Cynthia Patry
On maternity leave

Our
Close
Partners

Gabriel fontaine

Biologist

Michelle Labonté

Traductrice et réviseure

819 575.6391

Richard Guillet

Ornithologist

Claire Caron

Club des ornithologues de Brome-Missisquoi

cobm.ca

Bertrand Hamel

Club des ornithologues de Brome-Missisquoi

cobm.ca