“Forever Protected” – Sherbrooke Record

Quebec Lodge works with Massawippi Conservation Trust to preserve the forest

By William Crooks

Local Journalism Initiative

In a historic agreement signed April 24, the Quebec Lodge (QL) Foundation, in partnership with the Massawippi Conservation Trust and the Anglican Diocese of Quebec, secured the perpetual protection of approximately 50 hectares of land east of Chemin du Lac.

Through this partnership, the Trust will build and maintain walking trails on the property, with some areas set aside for future development by Quebec Lodge, including potential new “yurt villages” and an organic garden.

This effort aligns with QL’s long-term goals and highlights the role of the Massawippi Conservation Trust and Foundation in preserving the natural beauty and ecological integrity of the Lake Massawippi watershed.

New QL agreement

“The (QL) Foundation retains ownership,” QL Foundation board chair Ruth Sheeran explained to The Record on May 17, “but we are working with the Massawippi Conservation Trust.” On April 24, a servitude agreement was signed between the QL Foundation, the Massawippi Foundation and the Anglican Diocese of Quebec, which donated the land primarily to the QL Foundation.

The agreement covers approximately 50 hectares of land east of Chemin du Lac. The land is now “protected forever,” Sheeran said. The Massawippi Conservation Trust will create publicly accessible, handcrafted walking trails throughout the site. It will also service them with a little help from QL staff.

Sheeran noted that some parts of the country have been earmarked for further QL development. QL currently operates one “yurt village” near its lodge, but plans to eventually build as many as three villages, of three yurts each. One new village may be placed on the now protected land where QL ran its “Pioneer” camps decades ago. Another area, a clearing bordering Chemin Taylor, could host an organic garden in the future.

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