Celebrating 40 years of conservation action in Quebec

As DUC marks its 40th anniversary in Quebec, we look back on the successes and ahead to the future

Project site in Quebec. ©DUC

We’re proud of what we have accomplished so far, and are focused on the future to meet the conservation challenges ahead.

Here are some milestones of conservation that have marked the past four decades in Quebec:

1976

DUC’s first office in Quebec opened in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu at the request of the provincial government. As first provincial manager, Marcel Laperle’s mission was to develop a wetlands conservation program for Quebec. Thurso Marsh is the first wetland restored by DUC in Quebec. The marsh became part of Plaisance National Park in the 2000s.

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Construction at an early project site. ©DUC

1986

The North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) is established, along with the Eastern Habitat Joint Venture, which allows NAWMP program delivery partners like DUC an opportunity to access North American Wetlands Conservation Act funding for critical wetland habitat projects in Quebec.

1998

Bernard Filion becomes provincial manager for DUC in Quebec. DUC signs agreements with the federal and provincial governments for the protection and management of wetlands, and develops wetland conservation plans for each of province’s 17 administrative regions.  Lake Saint-Pierre, where DUC conducts major wetland conservation work, is recognized as a Ramsar wetland of international importance.

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Bernard Fillion, speaking at a wetland project site.
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2004

DUC launches the development of regional portraits for each administrative region of Quebec, followed by a detailed wetland mapping program that documents the many wetlands in populated areas of southern Quebec, including Quebec City, Montreal, the St. Lawrence Lowlands and Lake Saint-Jean.

2006

DUC conducts major wetland conservation work in urban areas, like the Fire Creek project in Terrebonne.

Quebec wetlands
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2011

As part of its ongoing commitment to influencing public policies on wetland conservation, DUC staff speak at public consultations and parliamentary committees, including those for the creation of a Quebec Wetland Policy.

2016

DUC understands that the quality and quantity of Quebec’s water resources depends on healthy wetlands and is focused on conserving, restoring and protecting these important natural areas into the future.

Celebrate and support conservation

Join DUC at a special event in honour of our 40th anniversary in Quebec. Get your tickets now and help us celebrate the future of water, wetlands and wildlife.

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