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Environment and biodiversity

Natural environment management

Brome-Missisquoi: A region rich in nature and biodiversity

Our vision is to turn Brome-Missisquoi into a natural region, home to a vibrant, innovative community. By living in harmony with nature, the region aims to strike a balance between preserving important natural environments and supporting economic development in the region.

Facts and figures about our natural environments

MRC Brome-Missisquoi’s diverse ecosystems range from large forests and woodlands to wetlands, rivers, streams and riparian zones. These natural environments (wetlands, bodies of water and forests) cover more than 62% of the region.

  • Wetlands are rich in biodiversity and cover 15,000 hectares of wooded and riparian zones. They regulate watersheds, acting as an absorbent buffer between rivers and dry land, and play an important role in water filtration, groundwater recharge and climate change management.
  • Bodies of water—both groundwater and surface water—make up a fragile, precious system.
  • Forested areas—102,000 hectares of forests and woods to be exact—are brimming with flora and fauna, whose habitats are closely interlinked with wetlands and bodies of water.

Spanning 1,680 km2 of vibrant nature, Brome-Missisquoi is at the crossroads of two unique environments: the St. Lawrence lowlands and the Appalachian Mountains. The region’s geographic features and milder climate make for diverse habitats where flora and fauna thrive. 

This rich ecosystem is home to:

  • 130 protected plant and animal species
  • 27 remarkable forest ecosystems covering 1,225 hectares
  • Over 7,000 hectares of conserved land

These environments are an invaluable natural resource—and not just because of their rich biodiversity and appeal to outdoor adventurers. They provide essential services for the local inhabitants, human and non-human alike.

These services include reducing flood risks, improving water quality and supply and increasing the climate resilience of the region and its community.

Brome-Missisquoi is also at the centre of an essential wildlife migration corridor in North America.

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Learn more about our region’s natural environments with this interactive map.

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Sustainable development strategic plan 2017-2032

Read the MRC’s sustainable development strategic plan (French only). Our vision is to turn Brome-Missisquoi into a natural region, home to a vibrant, innovative community.

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Land use and development plan

Browse the administrative version of the land use and development plan and interim control bylaws.

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