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Parc national de Plaisance

Partial reopening of the park following floods Details


Conservation Issues at Parc national de Plaisance

A national park is created to protect a region’s representative or unique natural environments and landscapes. These areas must also be highlighted through the interpretation of natural and cultural heritage and extensive outdoor activities. Conservation issues arise from the search for balance between the protection and accessibility of these protected areas.

At Parc national de Plaisance, the main issues stem mostly from its great fragility. Over 65% of the territory’s area, known for its rich plant and animal life, is composed of water and wetlands. This is why the park’s managers conduct many research projects, inventories and monitoring programs to acquire as much basic knowledge as possible on the park’s natural and cultural treasures.

They are able to better protect the territory, which will probably have an increasing number of visitors over the next few years. The challenge is to anticipate potential problems before they arise in order to ensure balance between the conservation of the park’s representative aquatic ecosystems and the discovery of their riches.

Park Management Tools

To address conservation issues, the first step is to know the territory well. All the information is compiled in the park’s Knowledge Synthesis, which brings together everything that is known about the territory’s natural environment and history. This document is updated periodically to incorporate all the new data from knowledge acquisition activities.

To take concrete actions to enrich our knowledge and properly manage the environment, we set up the park’s conservation plan. It identifies and prioritizes all the conservation issues and the actions required to address the issues identified.

Finally, the park has a protection plan that identifies and frames the issues in terms of regulation enforcement.

Did you know?

A Newcomer to the Park…

The European water chestnut (Trapa natans) is a floating exotic plant introduced to Québec in the 1990s. Its very aggressive mode of propagation allows it to quickly colonize the marshes, causing a great deal of harm to indigenous vegetation and wildlife. It made its appearance in the park in 2012, when about 90 rosettes were found and collected. The park team is making every effort to prevent it from invading the territory’s wetlands.

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