History and mission

Raise awareness, mobilize, act


Nature Québec actively works to conserve natural ecosystems and to encourage the sustainable use of resources in Québec.

Since 1981, Nature Québec has taken a global approach towards some of the greatest issues in climate change and biodiversity. Locally, Nature Québec leads campaigns and projects concerning biodiversity, forests, energy, and climate, from Anticosti Island to the heart of our cities. 


Nature Québec is proud of our team of professionals, assisted by a strong network of partner organizations, as well as researchers-collaborators organized into committees, which increases our recognized credibility in the fields where we work. 


Nature Québec follows the objectives of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), of which we are a member. 

Nature Québec is a recognized charitable organization.

Historique et mission

Our vision

Nature Québec acts for a more just society and towards a smaller ecological and climate footprint. The organization acts to help the people of Quebec to love the natural ecosystems, across cities and rural areas, to protect these areas, and to make sure we recognize how important they are to our development.


Our Mission:

Nature Québec encourages citizen action, takes action on political issues, informs, educates, and helps achieve projects to make sure our society:

-Promotes biodiversity 

-Protects natural ecosystems and species

-Encourages interaction with nature 

-Encourages a sustainable usage of natural resources


Membres et sympathisants


Campagnes et projets


Années d’expérience


Organismes affiliés



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  • Biodiversité et aires protégées
  • Forêt
  • Environnement urbain
  • Énergie et climat


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A little bit of history…

4 Decades of Protecting the Environment!

In 1981,Harvey Mead and small group of naturalists and ecologists working in local organisations created the Front Commun Québécois pour les espaces verts (which soon after became the UQCN, then Nature Québec). The group was formed in reaction to the multiple projects that threatened the natural areas of the shore of Beauport, Kamouraska, and Saint-Pierre Lake. 

Over the years, Nature Québec has worked hard to develop its credibility and became the first large-scale Quebec NGO dedicated to conservation and biodiversity.

The organization is also known for publishing the first Québécois magazine dedicated to nature and the environment, Franc-Nord/Franc-Vert, and has also publicly taken a stand on multiple topics that have helped to increase its credibility. 

Today, Nature Québec is made up of a team of more than 15 employees, collaborates with numerous experts, publishes multiple reports and articles, hosts several conferences as well as outreach activities and also runs multiple projects across the province and in the cities.


The Front Commun québécois pour les espaces verts et les sites naturels was founded


The organization participates in BAPE hearings on forestry, which led to the adoption of the Forest Act.


The Front Commun québécois pour les espaces verts et les sites naturels becomes l’Union québécoise pour la conservation de la nature (UQCN).


Publication of the first issue of Franc-Nord, a magazine informing about the natural and human heritage of Quebec.


The Forest Act is adopted, resulting from the collaborative work of UQCN and other organizations.


UQCN announces the first winners of photo contest “La nature du Québec en images” from Franc-Nord magazine.


Under the leadership of the UQCN, 12 river organizations created Stratégies Saint-Laurent to ensure the integrated management of the river.


Harvey Mead, the president and founder of UQCN, becomes the deputy minister of Sustainable Development and Conservation for the Ministry of the Environment, as a result of recommendations from several environmental organizations.


After having become more ecologically focused, the name of Franc-Nord magazine is changed to Franc-Vert.


The organization participates in the development of the Québec Policy on Threatened or Vulnerable Species.


UQCN writes the Guide des milieux humides du Québec : des sites à découvrir et à protéger.


The Association des biologistes du Québec (ABQ), WWF and the UQCN are successful in fighting against the privatization of most provincial parks.


Écoroute is launched, with the goal to spread environmental information and to respond to the internet community. As a result of the pressure of the UQCN and other organizations, the Règlement sur l’analyse et l’évaluation environnementale is integrated into large industrial projects.


Adoption of the Energy policy following meetings and consultations with a variety of stakeholders, including the UQCN.


The Coalition pour la forêt vierge nordique is formed in order to promote better management practices of the  boreal forest and the creation of more protected areas.


Franc-Vert is no longer published as a paper magazine, but will soon be reborn as a web publication.


The Stratégie québécoise sur les aires protégées is implemented at the end of a campaign on endangered species which was led by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), with the support of UQCN. 


The UQCN creates Aux arbres citoyens! and becomes a an ambassador for Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) Program.


After years of comments from the UQCN,a moratorium on pork production is announced and the National Water Policy is tabled by the government of Quebec.


The Coulombe Commission on forest condition is created in response to pressures exerted by the UQCN and other organizations.


The UQCN is the only environmental group on the National Committee for the Reestablishment of Woodland Caribou. The Workshops on the Conservation of Natural Areas is relaunched.


The Quebecois Union for the Conservation of Nature (UQCN) becomes Nature Québec


Nature Québec celebrates 25 years. The coalition SOS Parc Orford is founded with the goal to protect the integrity of the park. The petition « On dort comme une bûche! » is sent to the National Assembly with a record number of  185,000 signatures.


Nature Québec acts as a member of the governing board of the Quebec Forest Summit and participates in the Commission on the Future of Quebec Agriculture and Agri-Food. Nature Québec denounces the sale of lands adjacent to the Îles-de-Boucherville National Park for residential development purposes.


Publication of a study on the identification of protected areas to help maintain the population  woodland caribou.

Launch of a campaign regarding the risks of a new management system of water flows at the exit of the Great Lakes.


Réalisation d’une étude importante sur le suivi de la biodiversité dans les aires protégées et consolidation du programme ZICO. 


Contribution to the definition of the Sustainable Forest Development Act and implementation of the Agriculture and Climate project: Towards 0 Carbon Farms.


Major involvement in the Get Quebec out of Nuclear movement and working towards securing the closure of the Gentilly-2 nuclear generating station.


Start of the Carcaj’où? project to educate the public and the northern native and non-native communities to the fragility of the wolverine.



A campaign and petition with 100,000 names opposing the construction of an oil terminal related to the Energy East project in the heart of the beluga nursery in the Saint-Laurent in Cacouna is launched. A court order  was obtained by Michel Bélanger on behalf of Nature Québec and three other groups to temporarily stop the work in the beluga’s habitat.

Beginning of the Nagoya + campaign to achieve the objectives towards the creation of protected areas.


Transcanada gives up on the oil terminal in Cacouna after non-stop protests. The federal court rules in favor of Nature Québec and the CQDE resulting in a requirement for the federal government to protect the habitat of the Western Chorus Frog.

The program Milieux de vie en Santé is launched. A march supporting action towards climate change is organized and brings together over 25,000 people in Quebec City. 



A campaign called #FuturAnticosti is launched to fight oil and gas projects on the Anticosti island and the first Grande Traversée is organized, a 130 km walk across Anticosti.


The Energy East pipeline project is finally abandoned, a huge victory for the environment.

Nature Québec, the Action Boréale and  CPAWS Quebec prevent the last caribous of Val-d’Or from being deported to the Saint-Félicien Zoo. The coalition SOS Mont Hereford is launched to fight a Hydro-Québec overhead line project in a protected area. The SOS Port of Québec coalition is also launched to fight the Beauport 2020 project while another campaign called Non aux forages is formed to fight the oil and gas projects in Quebec.


Retrait officiel des projets gaziers et pétroliers sur Anticosti. Aval de Québec et d’Ottawa pour soutenir la candidature de l’île au patrimoine mondial de l’UNESCO….Hydro-Québec accepte d’enfouir la ligne qui traversera le Mont-Hereford mais le projet est suspendu.Nature Québec, l’Action Boréale et Greenpeace lancent une campagne pour la sauvegarde des derniers caribous de Val-d’Or….Réalisation de ruelles vertes, de classes en plein air et d’oasis urbains dans la région de Québec et extension de Milieux de vie en Santé à Trois-Rivières, Victoriaville et Sherbrooke.

Official withdrawal of gas and oil projects on the Anitcosti island. Governments of Quebec and Ottawa endorse the candidature of the island as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hydro-Québec agrees to bury the line that crosses Mount Hereford. Nature Québec, the Action Boréale and Greenpeace launch a new campaign to save the last caribous of Val-d’Or. Creation of green alleys, outdoor classes and urban oases in Quebec by the Milieux de vie en Santé program which plans to expand to the cities of Trois-Rivières, Victoriaville and Sherbrooke. 

Our team

Nature Québec is proud of our team of professionals, assisted by a strong network of partner organizations, as well as researchers-collaborators organized into committees, which increases our recognized credibility in the fields where we work.


Activities report

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