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  "Le Mayolois" Bulletin

July 2017


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Forêt-la-Blanche Ecological Reserve


 

The Forêt-la-Blanche Ecological Reserve

 

The Forêt-la-Blanche Ecological Reserve is located on the territories of Mulgrave-et-Derry, Mayo and Saint-Sixte in the MRC of Papineau, about 14 km north-east of Buckingham sector of the city of Gatineau. It houses one of the last ancient forests of the province of Québec. Some trees that are found in the vicinity of trails have beyond 400 years!

 

An ecological reserve is a protected area established for the integral and permanent conservation of ecosystems in their natural state. Only activities related to education, scientific research and management are permitted inside an ecological reserve. The Forêt-la-Blanche Ecological Reserve was established to protect a great diversity of plant life representative of the Outaouais region. This territory of 2052 hectares shelters several rare stands of old-growth forests, which have been subjected to very few disturbances over the centuries, and a host of endangered plants, like ginseng. The ecological reserve also harbours a large variety of birds, including the Cerulean Warbler, a species-at-risk in Québec, in addition to a large Great Blue Heron nesting site.

 

Developed by the Friends of Forêt La Blanche and recognized by the Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques du Québec, the educational program offered in the ecological reserve allow school groups and the general public to understand the importance of protecting our natural heritage.

 

Hiking through the seasons or snowshoeing in the winter, the trails are equipped with bilingual interpretive and well illustrated signs that tell you about the biodiversity of the Forêt-la-Blanche while helping you identify the flora and fauna found there.


For more information, visit our website:  http://www.foretlablanche.org/