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      Biosphere Reserve Information



© Photo: Normand Gariépy
  General Description   Situated along the Saint Lawrence River in Quebec, Lac Saint-Pierre is an unusual example in the World Network of Biosphere Reserves since it includes a major waterway in an industrialized area. The Lac Saint-Pierre is also a unique ecosystem, important for migratory birds and essential for the protection of Quebec and Canada. For instance, the largest number of herons recorded in North America is found in protected habitats in this area, which is also recognized as a Ramsar site. The Federal and Provincial governments have made considerable investments in monitoring and rehabilitating the Saint Lawrence River and recent studies on water quality shows a continuing improvement over the last 15 years. Due to declining fish stocks, fishing practices are now being questioned and fish stock maintenance is one of the challenges of the biosphere reserve.
About 85,000 people live in the biosphere reserve, mostly in urban areas (2000). Their main activities are agriculture, hunting, fishing, wildlife conservation activities, resorts, boating, commercial navigation as well as trade and industry. It is believed that the designation of Lac Saint-Pierre as a biosphere reserve will bring about a change of perceptions and mentality, catalyzing a more sustainable development in the region.
  Major ecosystem type   Estuarine systems and freshwater wetlands
  Major habitats & land cover types   Aquatic grassbeds; marshlands; lake; periodically flooded meadows and agricultural lands; swamps; waterway; urban and industrial areas
  Location   46°02' to 46°16'N; 72°39' to 73°10'W
  Area (hectares)    
  Total   48,000
  Core area(s)   3,135
  Buffer zone(s)   12,409
  Transition area(s) when given   32,456
  Altitude (metres above sea level)   -6 to +10
  Year designated   2000
  Administrative authorities   5 regional municipalities of the county (MRC): MRC du Bas-Richelieu; MRC de d'Autray; MRC de Maskinongé; MRC de Nicolet-Yamaska; MRC de Francheville Provincial functionnaries: Société de la Faune et des Parcs du Québec, Direction régionale de la Montérégie; Société de la Faune et des Parcs du Québec, Direction régionale de Lanaudière; Société de la Faune et des Parcs du Québec, Direction régionale du Centre du Québec; Société de la Faune et des Parcs du Québec, Direction de la Mauricie Federal functionnaries: Environment Canada, Service de la faune, Région du Québec

Last updated: 26/02/2007

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