Conservation projects and reports

Biodiversity restoration and shoreline consolidation in Mitis Bay by planting lyme grass and installing retention devices.
Coastal erosion is a natural phenomenon aggravated by climate change. In many parts of the St. Lawrence coastline, the shoreline retreats every year during storms. Coastal erosion and human development of the coastline affects the coastal ecosystem by reducing shore’s resilience. During our restoration project, which began in the summer of 2019, we planted has enabled the Parc de 15,000 lyme grass plants and 50 wild roses. The root system of these plants helps to retain sand, build riverbanks, and restore coastal habitat, reducing erosion. This restoration project has enabled the local population to get involved in a concrete way, by planting and cleaning-up the shores, as well as in various talks and awareness-raising activities. Communication tools have also been developed to support the restoration process. Educational activities for children have been created to provide teachers with the tools to share the coastal erosion issue as well as the role of shoreline plants. Lyme grass and wild roses are highly resilient plants that tolerate well transplanting, making them excellent allies in the fight against coastal erosion.

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Concours super élyme

Dessine-moi une élyme

Des graines dans la neige

Seashore edible plants biodiversity conservation in Mitis Bay: a community and institutional effort
On precedent years, it has been noted by experts the low abundance of edible seashore plants in the Mitis shores. The Parc de la rivière Mitis, a non-profit organization dedicated to conservation and education, has taken on the task of restoring the endangered shores environments. Thanks to the funding granted for this project, several activities have been organized to restore certain species of edible seashore plants, and to raise public awareness of conservation, responsible harvesting, and careful use of the riverbanks. This was achieved through plant identification workshops, shoreline clean-ups, planting, and the production of awareness-raising and educational documents. The activities were organized with the help of partners and involved local volunteers. Several communication tools were produced to raise awareness of the issues and help people learn more about this fascinating coastal environment.

Report (available only in French):

Edible plant identification guide and ethics code (available only in French):

Educational activities (available only in French):

Ethics code (available only in French):