Lac Fer-à-Cheval

Lac Fer-à-Cheval. Credit: TYC/Wikimedia

Project Location:
Manicouagan, Québec, Canada

Key Activities:

  • Planting 1,400 trees across five lakeside properties
  • Restoring riparian areas for improved water quality

Project Description:
Partnering with Organisme de Basins versants Manicouagan (OBVM), Alcoa Foundation and American Forests are planting 1,400 trees in Manicouagan region of Québec, Canada, to restore vegetation to lakeside properties to reduce erosion, increase wildlife habitat and improve water quality.

Why This Project:
As residential properties increased around Manicouagan’s lakes, vegetation decreased. Homeowners removed riparian trees and shrubs to improve their view of the lake, which in turn is causing harm to the lake. Vegetation along shorelines helps reduce erosion and filters pollutants before they can enter the waterway.

This planting effort is working with local homeowners to replant trees and shrubs along the lakes Lac Fer-à-Cheval, Lac Cinq Cents and Lac Donlon to improve the watershed health. Approximately 20 different species are being used in the project.

Why Manicouagan:
Located on the north side of the St. Lawrence River, Manicouagan is dotted with lakes, while its namesake, the Manicouagan River, empties directly into the St. Lawrence River. The St. Lawrence watershed covers more than half a million square miles, impacting multiple Canadian provinces and U.S. states. Ensuring high water quality in this region is vital to the well-being of millions of people, not to mention the wildlife that call the region home.