North into the Public Land

ZEC Rivière Blanche - Lac Batiscan Travel Blog

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Me at work on the ZEC La Blanche
Driving all the way through the tiny dusty land to this northernmost spot in Portneuf County would take no less than 3-5h ... from Rivière-à-Pierre.

So the distances are great!

The typical landscape will be mountainous surrounding covered with spruce, fir and birch. Passing many lakes, stream and wetlands. A cottage once in a while, lumberjack at work with their huge machinery, morraines, esker and all the feature of the geomorphology dictionnary.

The roads are made of sand (which usually comes from the nearest Esker and are worked up several time during the year (frozen road during the winter ... if opened) as the rain and other weather element can damage them. They were usually built by the lumbering company in a mean to get access to the ressouce and bring it back south, then they get manage by the authority who is responsible for the management and security of the land. The ZEC (Ecologically Controlled Zone body) which usually consist of one guard at the gate (the entrance to the Crown Land, 3-4 workers and/or scientist (biologists) helping with the maintenance and doing researches on flora or faunae and one attested Park Keeper, keeping an eye on poacher and that everyone have its registered card when being on the land (the only source of revenue for the body).

Then there is the lumberjack workers, and of course the holiday-maker or hunter who rent a cottage on the land from the government.

I did work on the ZEC for a certain time, filling up a contract for the planning service of my county where I needed to assess and survey the local camping spot. So I was staying and camping on the land itself, while packing my notebook and equipment in the morning to drive further on the woody territory on the pick-up truck to the next camping ground (which was just basically a few lots and a dry toilet). It took me a few days and it was the wild life back at its origin. At least the mosquitos season was at its end... otherwise between the thousands of type of mosquitos and flies these lands have. It would have been rough.

These lands are too huge and would be the size of a country like Luxembourg actually, so it is hard to give any specific details. There are many sight and site which are worth a visit, and also many landscape sightseeing spot. But if you are interested in faunae, here is your world as you are in the world of the raccoons, black bears, mooses, deers, foxes, wolves, coyotees, porcupines, blue jays and many others.

Enjoy!
A list of local faunae:
Predators
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_black_bear
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolverine
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolf
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_fox
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_lynx
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobcat
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coyote
Cevidaes
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moose
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White-tailed_deer
Little Faunae
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raccoon
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skunk
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porcupines
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fox_Squirrel
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glaucomys_sabrinus
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_river_otter
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Beaver
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muskrat
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mustela_erminea
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Mink
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Marten
Birds
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_jay
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cardinal_bird
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruffed_Grouse
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Blue_Heron
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowshoe_Hare
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snow_owl
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Pintail
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loon
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Eagle
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peregrine_Falcon
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spruce_Grouse
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Black_Duck
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canada_Goose

Trees
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sugar_Maple
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_maple
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Beech
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balsam_Fir
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betula_alleghaniensis
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betula_papyrifera
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betula_occidentalis
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Picea_rubens
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Spruce
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Picea_glauca
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsuga_canadensis
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamarack_Larch
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_White_Pine
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow_Birch
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinus_banksiana
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinus_strobus
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Me at work on the ZEC La Blanche
Me at work on the ZEC La Blanche
ZEC Rivière Blanche - Lac Batiscan
photo by: maplefanta