Naturalization of segment 4 of the wildlife development - Munitions Experimental Test Centre (METC), Nicolet

The Department of National Defence (DND) has proposed a project which involves a wildlife facility which is located in the floodplain of Lake Saint-Pierre, on the property of the Munitions Experimental Test Centre (METC) in Nicolet. Segment 4 of the Baie-du-Febvre/ Nicolet-South (BDFNS) wildlife facility was built in the early 1990s by Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC). The work consisted of the construction of a conduit and pumping station to provide a staging area for waterfowl. In 2015, DUC in collaboration with the Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs (MFFP), re-evaluated the wildlife facilities located in Lake Saint-Pierre, including this site. Since the implementation of the wildlife facilities, it is clear that segment 4 does not meet the initial wildlife objectives due to the problems associated with intensive annual agricultural activities. In addition, in the spring, the bare soils lead to the export of nutrient- and pesticide-laden sediments to Lake Saint-Pierre. The project therefore consists of a complete naturalization of segment 4 in order to restore sustainable wildlife habitats on the territory. More specifically, the project consists of dismantling (naturalizing) the section owned by DND. The work will be complemented by the establishment of a permanent vegetation cover.

Latest update

August 7, 2021 – The public comment period on the project is closed. The Department of National Defence is considering comments received to help inform its determination on whether the carrying out of the project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.



Lidia Capece
Department of National Defence
Lidia Capece, Assistant Environmental Officer
Postal Box 4000
Montreal, Quebec H1N 1X9

  • Location

    • Baie-du-Febvre / Nicolet-South (Quebec)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Remediation and conservation
  • Assessment Status

    In progress
  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Department of National Defence
  • Authorities

    • Department of National Defence
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


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