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Peatland Distribution – In Quebec

Since 1990, about 7,000 hectares have been used by the horticultural peat industry, which represents 0.08% of existing peatland in Quebec.

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Peatland use in Quebec

Activities/uses Surface (ha)
Virgin peatlands* 11 616 797
Hydroelectric basins 120 000
Drainage for forestry 69 723
Agriculture 11 000
Horticultural peat 6 760
Other (filling, construction work, etc.) 2 020
Total** 11 826 300

*Of which 419,896 ha are in protected areas

**Of which 85% are located north of the 51st parallel

Source: Ministry of Natural Resources and Wildlife. 1988.