Johnville bog planning for the future

Johnville bog planning for the future
(Photo : Gordon Lambie)

By Gordon Lambie

Twenty years ago, in May of 2001, The Record shared news of a new project aimed at transforming the Johnville bog into a public park with a mission of education and conservation. In the years since, much of the vision described in that text has become a reality and, with the pandemic having pushed people to spend more time outdoors, the Johnville bog and forest park may just have had its biggest year ever.
“We estimate that we normally get a few hundred people per week. In a big week we would get maybe 500,” estimated Stéphane Tanguay, the Director of Nature Cantons-de-l’Est, the group that manages the park. “During the pandemic we’ve had 500 to 600 people per day. It has been crazy.”
According to Tanguay, Nature Cantons-de-l’Est took over management of the site from the Johnville Woodland Conservation Corporation some time before the land itself changed hands from the City of Sherbrooke to Bishop’s University and the Université de Sherbrooke.

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