HISTORY

On the 19th of June, 1996, members of thirteen families who had spent their summers in Tadoussac for generations established a corporation known as Languedoc Park Ltd.  The group represented the following families: Bailey, Campbell/Alexander, Dewart,

 Farquharson, Hovington, Leggat, Neilson, Oliver, Price, Skutezky, Stairs, Stephen, and Turcot. Languedoc Park Ltd. subsequently acquired approximately 130 acres of land surrounding Pointe Rouge in the Municipality of Tadoussac from the members of the Languedoc family who had inherited the land following the death of Adèle Languedoc in 1993.

The corporation developed some of this land for residential purposes and set aside about 103 acres, including Pointe Rouge, to be kept in its natural state.  After several years, during which a number of options were considered for the preservation and conservation of this area, the corporation decided to apply to the Province of Quebec to have the land formally established as a recognized nature reserve under the laws of the province.  With the signing of a conservation agreement in January 2014, the Languedoc Park Recognized Nature Reserve came into being.

The reserve is now owned and managed by a charitable not-for-profit organization, Friends of Pointe Rouge, Inc.  Languedoc Park Ltd. donated the 103 acres to this charity in July 2016, and the corporation's operations were subsequently wrapped up.

Friends of Pointe Rouge, Inc. is managed by a volunteer board of directors who are elected by its members.  Its raison d'être is to ensure that the lands of the nature reserve are preserved in their natural state in perpetuity, in accordance with the agreement signed between Languedoc Park Ltd. and the Province of Quebec.  An ongoing objective is to increase the size of the community of support for the nature reserve and to work towards creating a sense of common ecological responsibility among all of the residents of Tadoussac, so that this beautiful area can be preserved in its natural state for generations to come.

"If you find yourself worrying, go outside, take three breaths, address a tree and quietly say, 'Thank you.' If you can't find a tree, a dandelion will do... Nature is magic." 

Robert Bateman

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