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Abitibi donates peat bog


December 5, 2006
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Abitibi-Consolidated is donating a peat bog to Nature Conservancy-Quebec. The agreement will form the largest priva…

Abitibi-Consolidated is donating a peat bog to Nature Conservancy-Quebec. The agreement will form the largest private protected area in the St. Lawrence Lowland. The agreement pertains to a total of 14 KM2 of land, which forms a significant chunk of the Lac a la Tortue.

Inventories conducted in the peat bog concluded that there are species present that will likely be designated as threatened or vulnerable.

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“Abitibi-Consolidated is proud to be part of this major ecological project. By giving this parcel of land to Nature Conservancy, our goal is not only to help protect threatened and vulnerable species, but also to promote in-depth research into fragile ecosystems such as peat bogs,” said Richard Drouin, chairman of the company’s board.

It is expected that academic institutions will pursue scientific studies in the wetland, as well as interdisciplinary research into global warming.

With 6,633 hectares of land, the Lac a la Tortue peat bog is the largest peatland in the St. Lawrence Valley and Lake Champlain ecoregion.


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