Conservation Manitou

Conservation Manitou

May 22, 2013 08:20 ET

Conservation Manitou Founded by Residents of Ivry-sur-le-Lac

IVRY-SUR-LE-LAC, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - May 22, 2013) - Residents of Ivry-sur-le-Lac are pleased to announce that they have founded CONSERVATION MANITOU, one of the only corporations dedicated to the preservation of natural areas in the Laurentians. CONSERVATION MANITOU is a registered charity and is accredited by Environment Canada under the Ecological Gifts Program. Its mission is to preserve and protect the ecosystem and natural environment of Lake Manitou and its surroundings by acquiring land and conservation easements, either donated or purchased, and providing stewardship services in perpetuity.

The region around Lake Manitou comprises important topographical, ecological and heritage features. It is situated on a high plateau, and its mountains, mature forests, wetlands, streams, tributary lakes, and abundant flora and fauna, form a vital ecosystem contributing to the health of the lake and its watershed. "It is also a priority sector for facilitating the movement of wildlife in the Lower Laurentians", explains Stephen Takacsy, Chair of CONSERVATION MANITOU. "The area surrounding Lake Manitou forms part of the Tremblant-Prevost Natural Corridor included in the conservation plan of the Nature Conservancy of Canada which has identified it as one of the eco-sensitive zones most at risk in the Laurentians."

So far, CONSERVATION MANITOU has received donation pledges totalling over $1 million from local sources, and will need to raise a lot more to accomplish its goals. The organization's initial area of focus is the protection of the north shore of Townsend Bay, situated at the eastern edge of Lake Manitou, with its majestic mountain ridge extending for over a kilometer, and where it holds an option to acquire over 50 acres. Several other owners of ecologically sensitive land have shown interest in donating their property to CONSERVATION MANITOU. "Conservation begins at the local level. It's important to get broad participation from our community since environmental issues affect us all. We are also pleased that the municipality of Ivry-sur-le-Lac plans to support our efforts and recognizes that preserving the natural capital of a region can contribute to its prosperity. We hope this sets an example for other areas in the Laurentians to follow", states Stephen Takacsy.

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