June 1, 2016 (Ivry-sur-le-Lac, Quebec) – CONSERVATION MANITOU is pleased to announce that it has acquired its first property in St-Faustin-Lac-Carré, close to the south-western shores of Lake Manitou. This 25-acre forested parcel comprises a hilltop, wetlands which source a stream flowing into Horseshoe Lake, a local landmark featuring a huge glacial erratic known as Hanging Rock, and a popular section of the local hiking and cross-country ski trail.
“The Hanging Rock property meets all of our criteria for the acquisition of eco-sensitive land, and its purchase is being primarily funded by external sources including Echo Foundation of Montreal and The Gosling Foundation of Guelph, Ontario. We are very grateful for their support in this transaction.” states Stephen Takacsy, Chair of CONSERVATION MANITOU. “While not directly adjacent to the nearby 87 acres donated to us last year, this new property will become an integral part of our Horseshoe Reserve.”
Including the recently announced Atwater Lake land donation, CONSERVATION MANITOU will own 560 acres of forested conservation lands with over 2 kilometers of shoreline on Lake Manitou and Horseshoe Lake. It is one of the leading organizations dedicated to the preservation of natural areas in the Laurentians and is a registered charity and a qualified recipient of Environment Canada’s Ecological Gifts Program. Its mission is to preserve and protect the ecosystem and natural environment of Lake Manitou and its surroundings, by acquiring land and conservation easements, either donated or purchased, and providing stewardship in perpetuity.
To donate to our STEWARDSHIP FUND CAPITAL CAMPAIGN recently announced, please make your cheque payable to CONSERVATION MANITOU and mail to: 1800 McGill College, suite 2102, Montreal, Quebec H3A 3J6