About the story
In 2007, after having localized the site and obtained the authorizations from the CPTAQ, the Municipality sold the House located on the land. Barnston-Ouest then engaged in a program of cleaning the place and logging. After two years of intervention and given the quantity and quality of the young forest, the Municipality ceased forestry operations. The Municipal Council then entrusted the members of the Forest Committee with the mandate to reflect on the future of the property.
The members of the Forest Committee started by examining the conclusions of the 2004 report submitted by the Study Commission on Public Forest Management (Coulombe Report) explicitly targeting the depletion of the hardwood forest in southern Quebec and recommending directions for change, including conservation, management, research and education.
The work of the Coulombe Commission supported the conclusions of a study by the Regional Conference of Elected Representatives of the Eastern Townships (CRÉE)1 on the pre-colonial composition of the Eastern Townships forest. Finally, a new law on sustainable forest management was adopted in 2010 by the National Assembly. These were just some of the guidelines to guide the Forest Committee’s thinking.
With the recommendations of the Forest Committee, the Municipal Council authorized the realization of studies, one to identify the forest's potential for its forest restoration and the other, to explore various modalities of access for the population. The Appalachian Corridor2 and Cultur'Innov3 organizations deposited, in 2015, two reports on the potential of the Barnston-Ouest forest and its management.
The forest development project then took shape. It includes conservation activities, forest restoration, trail development and interpretation of the fauna and flora.
In 2015 the Municipality began work to build a parking lot to accommodate a dozen cars, develop a very first trail and plant more than 600 trees. Forest development will continue over the next years.
1 CRÉ Estrie, regional Commission on natural resources and the territory, see regional integrated development plan for natural resources and the territory of Estrie, 2014.
2 Ecological inventories report, Barnston-Ouest Forêt-témoin and integrated resource management plan of the Barnston-Ouest Forêt-témoin.)
3Inventory and characterization of the land of the Municipality of Barnston-Ouest for the cultivation and harvesting of non-timber forest products (NWFP)