At the heart of a protected territory home to several hundred wildlife and plant species, 20.5 km of trails are open to the public since 2008 in the Singer sector of the nature reserve. They are part of a global network of 135 km of trails accessible to all, from occasional walkers to the most seasoned hikers. The RNMV includes some of the highest peaks in southern Quebec, including the Round Top crowning the area with its 952 meters, as well as Mount Gagnon reaching 850 m and Mount Singer 805 m.
Interestingly, the RNMV is home to 12 plant species at risk and 8 wildlife species at risk in Quebec or Canada. These species greatly benefit from the perpetual protection status of habitats in the reserve, which will contribute to maintain or even increase their populations.
Trails on other parts of the RNMV are managed by Sentiers de l’Estrie and Parc d’environnement naturel de Sutton
Thanks to the financial contribution of the Fondation Hydro-Québec pour l’environnement, Appalachian Corridor developed a strategy aimed at improving public access to this exceptional protected area, while offering a range of uses compatible with the long term conservation of its more sensitive features.
In the summer of 2011, new trails were added in the Singer sector; they welcomed hikers in the fall of the same year. These trails opened up opportunities to experience the ecological wealth of this protected area, adding new options to the existing trail network and providing access to a new suite of ecosystems.
In 2015, the RNMV grew even stronger with new protected territories extending over the Dos d’Orignal and northwestern side of Mount Gagnon. Over the years, a number of protected areas were added to the expanding RNMV.
The RNMV is at the heart of the majestic 2400-km long Appalachian Range, which ranges from the Gaspé Peninsula to the south-eastern United States. The ecological importance of this territory has attracted the attention and efforts of many stakeholders in the field of conservation over the last twenty years.
Ecologists, biologists, nature lovers and conservationists joined forces to safeguard this hotspot of biodiversity.
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