A couple of years ago, Bird Protection Quebec (whose president is guess who?) contributed $300,000 to help the Nature Conservancy of Canada acquire a vast tract of land in the hills north of Montreal between Piedmont and Prévost.
Today, the government finally signed off on the designation of this land as a recognised nature reserve and, naturally, held a press conference to announce the fact. This meant a drive north to Piedmont in foul weather – fortunately I was not driving – and a short, but moving (so several people told me afterwards) speech in my best French. I also got to shake the hands of the Quebec Minister of the Environment who seems to be a good egg in the conservation stakes. Gosh, what high circles one moves in.
This project has been – and will continue to be – a wonderful thing. It’s lovely piece of forest with bears and birds.