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Peatlands

A few statistics…
There are about 1 billion acres of peatland in the world. In Canada, 12% of the land, or nearly 250 million acres, is peatland. Since the early 1990s, about 17,000 acres in Quebec have been used in the horticultural peat moss industry, representing 0.08% of existing peatland in the province.

WHAT IS A PEATLAND?

Peatlands develop in a cool and moist climate where the soil is saturated with water. Sphagnum peat moss forms over hundreds of years through the accumulation and fossilization of plant debris in moist ecosystems called peatlands or bogs.

What is sphagnum peat moss?
What are the different methods of harvesting?

Fafard holds the rights to ten peatlands totalling over 7,000 acres from which 650,000 yd3 (or 900,000 yd³ according to Clément) of sphagnum peat moss and peat humus are harvested every year. Some of these bogs are operational, while others are still virgin

tourbiere-saint-ludger-milot-lac-st-jean-quebec-bog-peatland
Saint-Ludger-de-Milot, QC
Blond peat
Operational 
tourbiere-sainte-marguerite-lac-saint-jean-quebec-bog-peatland
Sainte-Marguerite, QC
Blond peat
Operational 
tourbiere-tabusintac-nouveau-brunswick-new-bog-peatland
Tabusintac, NB
Blond peat
Operational 
tourbiere-saint-bonaventure-quebec-bog-peatland
Saint-Bonaventure, QC
Decomposed brown peat
Operation nearly over
 
tourbiere-orignal-ontario-bog-peatland
L’Orignal, ON
Decomposed brown peat
Operation nearly over