Located in the Verchères archipelago, Île Bouchard is one of thirty priority ecosystems in southern Lanaudière. It is home to many wetlands and the habitat of vulnerable species such as the copper redhorse, the least bittern and the northern map turtle. A recent characterization study found that 74% of the island’s riparian buffer strips are of low quality, impacted by land use related to soy, corn and cannabis crops.

To help restore them, five hundred native trees and shrubs were planted in an area covering 1,650 square metres.