The Ruiter Valley... Expand your horizons !
In the heart of the Appalachians, a narrow valley is nestled within the Sutton Mountain range.
The unspoiled environment of the Ruiter Valley constitutes one of the last unfragmented areas in Southeastern Québec.
The Ruiter Valley Land Trust’s primary purpose is the protection of natural habitats. We also offer a wonderful network of marked trails for eco-friendly activities such as hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Take along a trail map and consult our Outdoor Activities section for our “No Trace Trail Etiquette” that also respects this private domain. You will also find a number of accommodations in the area.
Water, source of life
The Land Trust sees the International Year of Water Cooperation as an opportunity to draw attention on the vital role of wetlands. These ecosystems are key in the regulation of natural phenomena such as water purification, flood control, and shoreline stability. Wetlands are also considered the most biologically diverse of all ecosystems, serving as home to a wide range of plant and animal life.
WHAT’S NEW ?
Youngsters Connected to Rivers and Streams !
An eco-blog on the diversity of wildlife.
For an eleventh consecutive year, the Land Trust has given the opportunity to over 150 children from Potton, Eastman, Saint-Etienne-de-Bolton, East-Bolton, Austin et Brome Lake to discover nature’s treasures just in their backyard. Since 2003, over 1000 children have been initiated to ecology.
This year, the North Missisquoi and Coldbrook rivers served as a common thread in the development of our environmental program. In February, children from Val-de-Grâce, du Baluchon and Mansonville Elementary schools explored the Missisquoi Nord pathway, which links the villages of Saint-Etienne-de-Bolton, Eastman, East-Bolton and Mansonville. On the Knowlton side, Saint-Edouard and Knowlton Academy visited the Coldbrook stream, a Brome Lake tributary which flows from the mountains of West Bolton. To learn some more on their discoveries, we invite you to visit their blog :
Our Faune sans frontière Program was made possible this year, thanks to :
Protecting the Ruiter Brook… one waterfall at a time
A big THANK YOU to Marie-Claire Planet and Daniel Sultan who donated a conservation servitude to the Land Trust over a section of their property straddling the brook. This small parcel represents an important link between the Land Trust and the réserve naturelle des Montagnes-vertes. To date, over 3,500 hectares of natural habitats are protected by the Ruiter Valley Land Trust, in full ownership or by way of conservation servitudes.
Annual General Meeting
Our Annual general Meeting will be held at the Mansonville Town Hall 2, chemin Vale Perkins on Sunday December 8th, at 10:00 a.m.
Protect one of the last wilderness area in southern Québec !
Support the Ruiter Valley Land Trust !
We need your support to maintain our trail network and conservation and education activities. To become a member, you just have to fill-out and return the membership coupon along with your contribution :
http://www.valleeruiter.org/engl/CouponDAdhesion-web.pdf Thank you !
ECO-GUIDES OF THE RUITER VALLEY
The Ruiter Valley Land Trust is pleased to introduce two pocket guides aimed at raising awareness among hikers on
the rich and diverse wildlife species and natural habitats that can be discovered along its network of trails.
An initiative made possible thanks to :
A great gift idea with a trail map as bonus !
On sale for $10 at the Potton, Sutton and Magog Tourist Bureau or at the Potton and Sutton Public Libraries. Also available at Au Naturel in Sutton, Pépinière Abbotsford or by e-mail at : firstname.lastname@example.org
Short monographs of some of the most remarkable plants found in the Ruiter Valley woodlands that will accompany trail users along the way.
Each specimen is illustrated by colour photos and contains useful information that will facilitate flora identification.
An introduction to wildlife monitoring techniques for the novice or experienced observer.
A description of the habitat and special characteristics of each species is included.
It is illustrated with colour photos and drawings of animal tracks and also includes a “Track Identification Form”.