Resolute has donated 200 hectares (494 acres) of biodiversity-rich land for protection by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). The area, located in Baie-Saint-Paul on the north shore of the St. Lawrence Estuary in Quebec’s Charlevoix region, includes vast marshes and dunes that provide quality habitat for aquatic birds. In fact, more than 160 bird species, many of which are at risk, have been observed here. Efforts by the city of Baie-Saint-Paul, the local community and NCC will ensure public access to the beach and protection of the area’s ecosystems.
The donation was announced on September 14 during a ceremony attended by Michaël Pilote, mayor, Baie-Saint-Paul; Catherine Grenier, president and chief executive officer, NCC; Claire Ducharme, regional vice president – Quebec, NCC; Mariette Raina, conservation manager, Age of Union Foundation and Étienne Vézina, senior director, Forestry, Resolute. “We are proud to be among the many contributors who have committed to preserving this magnificent environment and its unique recreational, cultural and ecological value,” remarked Étienne.
Resolute has collaborated with NCC since 2021 in supporting the Carapace Project to promote turtle conservation. Given our regard for this partnership, it was only natural for Resolute to work with NCC on coordinating this donation. The land had been owned by Resolute since the early 1900s and more recently by Geneviève Simard as well, and we are pleased to play a part in its preservation. We hope this initiative serves as an example and inspires further conservation endeavors.