The Association de conservation de la nature de Stukely-Sud (ACNSS) is a not-for-profit association with charitable status, aiming to protect the ecological heritage of South Stukely. ACNSS works to protect biodiversity and connectivity, particularly in wetlands, by raising awareness and providing assistance to landowners who wish to protect their properties, and working with elected officials and the local population to build a sustainable community.
Conservation Espace Nature Shefford (CENS), created in the summer of 2010, works towards ensuring the protection of biodiversity, flora, fauna and wetlands in the Township of Shefford. CENS aims to protect the landscape, to acquire land for protection and to develop pedestrian access to the mountain and parks with respect to the region’s ecology.
Incorporated in 1991, Mount Pinnacle Land Trust’s main objectives are: to maintain in perpetuity the ecological integrity of all wooded and non-wooded lands in the region; and to preserve the region’s rural character, while organising a number of educational and scientific activities.
Massawippi Conservation Trust, under the auspices of the Fondation Massawippi Foundation, works to conserve land adjacent to Lake Massawippi and its tributaries and provides stewardship services in perpetuity. The Trust, created in April 2011, acquires properties, encourages landowners to conserve their property and assists those who donate land or conservation servitudes in completing the different legal and administrative steps necessary to do so.
The main purpose of the Brome Lake Land Foundation (BLLF) is to ensure the conservation of wetlands in the Brome Lake watershed through land acquisition or by promoting appropriate municipal zoning. The BLLF focuses on the protection of wetlands and streams that filter and feed the waters of Brome Lake.
First Land Trust in Quebec, the Ruiter Valley Land Trust (RVLT) is actively engaged in the protection of plant and wildlife habitats in the Ruiter Valley, which is located in the Sutton Mountains. Since its creation in 1987, The RVLT has protected over 550 acres of land conservation area, and aims to see this figure grow through the establishment of conservation servitudes. The RVLT has created more than 20 kilometres of hiking trails and offers a range of educational activities to its members.
Mount Echo Conservation Association (MECA) is a non-profit organisation with a mission to conserve the natural ecological heritage of the Mount Echo sector. The members of MECA, mostly landowners living in the area, aim to protect natural areas by way of conservation servitudes negotiated individually with private landowners, as well as through the implementation of conservation plans.
The Société de protection foncière du Lac Montjoie was created in 2003. This local conservation group targets the protection of natural areas on its territory, which encompasses the Montjoie Lake watershed located in St-Denis-de-Brompton in the Eastern Townships. The Society owns a Natuel Reserve on private land recognized by the Ministère du développement durable, de l’environnement et des parcs du Québec (MDDEP).
Memphrémagog Conservation Inc. (MCI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to environmental conservation and preserving the natural beauty of Lake Memphremagog and its watershed since 1967. MCI has more recently developed a conservation project involving close collaboration with owners of natural areas, aiming to protect plants, wildlife and their naturals habitats in the Lake Memphremagog watershed.
Since 1992, the Alderbrooke Marsh Land Trust works to protect all wetlands in the Sutton and Missisquoi river watersheds, a highly significant ecological area home to an exceptional variety of birds. Parts of the Alderbrooke Marsh lands have been protected by the Trust using various conservation tools such as land acquisition, conservation servitudes, and leasing.
The Memphremagog Wetlands Foundation is dedicated to the conservation and protection in perpetuity of all wetlands around Lake Memphremagog. Since its creation in 1991, the organisation has protected over 130 hectares (320 acres) of wetlands in the Memphremagog and Tomifobia watersheds.
The Société de conservation du corridor naturel de la rivière au Saumon (SCCNRS) covers an area of 290 km2 situated in the Eastern Townships, north of Mount-Orford National Park. Created in 2000, SCCNRS aims to conserve natural areas of high ecological value, in particular the habitats of species at risk present in the Salmon River watershed. To achieve this goal, SCCNRS encourages voluntary conservation by landowners.
Parc d’environnement naturel de Sutton was founded in 1979 to create a regional park in the Sutton Mountains. The organisation also maintains over 70 kilometres of hiking and interpretation trails. In addition to offering popular educational activities to the public, it promotes environmental research in the region and works to protect biodiversity and the habitats of species at risk.
Founded in 2006, Conservation des vallons de la Serpentine (CVS) aims to protect the Serpentine Brook watershed located in the foothills of Mount Gagnon and Mount Place and encompassing the municipalities of East Bolton, Eastman and Austin in the Eastern Townships. CVSsupports landowners interested in land conservation and raises awareness to the local community about a range of conservation issues.
Since 1976, Les Sentiers de l’Estrie has been integrating its mission of promoting hiking into the larger context of the protection and enhancement of nature in the Appalachians of the Eastern Townships. The group’s activities focus on two areas: the management of a 160-kilometer hiking trail that crosses the Appalachian Corridor with the cooperation of landowners allowing access to private forests, and the organization of activities that foster ecological awareness and environmental education among the population.
Renaissance Brome Lake (RBL) recently added a conservation component to its actions and is known for its vocation to the protection and the restoration of Brome Lake and its watershed. RLB, created in 2001, is supported by more than 850 members.