Corridor appalachien – 2022
Located in the Eastern Townships, Québec, the Ross-MapleCross property is a true natural gem. This large property of 225 hectares is rich in wetlands, mature forests and hosts an impressive diversity of plants and wildlife.
While the property is essentially forested and characterized by vast maple groves, large portions of the forested area are made of wetlands, including rich wooded peat bogs. We also find open peat bogs and marshes, with some open water. These wetlands are of great importance as they serve as a natural filter, yielding water of great quality in the Yamaska River watershed. This conservation project contributes not only to the natural environment but also to local communities beyond the property’s geographic boundaries.
Several habitats for species at risk are found on the Ross-MapleCross property. Amongst them, we find the Four-toed Salamander, a species likely to be designated as threatened or vulnerable in Québec, and the Monarch butterfly, which is endangered in Canada. It also offers great habitats for several species of bats, many of which are also at considered at risk.
The Ross-MapleCross property is a great stepping stone in maintaining ecological connectivity between Mount Shefford and Parc national du Mont-Orford, two places of high importance for the ecology of the region.
Content and property pictures courtesy of: Corridor appalachien at corridorappalachien.ca