[vc_row margin_top=”0″ margin_bottom=”0″ padding_left=”0″ padding_right=”0″ animation=”” type=”” bg_color=”” bg_position=”top” bg_repeat=”no-repeat” bg_cover=”false” bg_attachment=”false” padding_top=”0″ padding_bottom=”0″ enable_parallax=”” parallax_speed=”0.1″ bg_video_src_mp4=”” bg_video_src_ogv=”” bg_video_src_webm=””][vc_column animation=””][dt_fancy_title title=”About the Association pour la Protection du Lac de l’Achigan (APLA):” title_align=”left” title_size=”h4″ title_color=”accent” separator_style=”disabled” separator_color=”accent”][vc_empty_space][vc_accordion active_tab=”false” collapsible=”yes” style=”2″][vc_accordion_tab title=”Why become a member, what are the mission and activities of the APLA?”][vc_column_text]APLA’s mission is to protect the environment of Lac de l’Achigan and the quality of life of the people who benefit from it. By becoming a member, you give strength and legitimacy to the APLA, whose directors are, just like you, residents of Lac de l’Achigan.

The files piloted by the APLA generated tangible results, as much in the case of the fight against gulls, the inspection of sanitary facilities as the reforestation of the riparian strip. The challenges will always be numerous and your continued support is crucial to maintaining the success of our representations.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”How do you become a member of APLA?”][vc_column_text]To become a member, all you have to do is complete the online membership form.

Membership is free. However, the Association relies on voluntary contributions from its members to achieve a balanced budget in addition to the financial assistance received from the Municipality of St-Hippolyte via the Green Fund.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”What are voluntary contributions (donations) used for?”][vc_column_text]Despite the financial support granted to the APLA by the Municipality of St-Hippolyte through the Green Fund, the voluntary contributions of members are essential to achieve a balanced budget.

In particular, they pay the costs related to the management of the Association, such as the hiring of a part-time administrative assistant and the costs of the website. Rest assured that we are maximizing volunteerism to keep costs as low as possible.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Who makes up its board of directors?”][vc_column_text]The board of directors is made up of volunteers who all live in Lac de l’Achigan, whether they are residents or not. You will find the list of board members and their titles on our website in the APLA / Board of Directors section.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”I want to get involved in APLA as a volunteer (board of directors, projects, activities), what should I do?”][vc_column_text]
There are several ways you can show your desire to get involved:

By talking to one of the board members.
By mentioning it on your membership form.
By writing to us by email at [email protected]
[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][/vc_accordion][vc_empty_space][dt_fancy_title title=”Riparian strip, fauna and flora:” title_align=”left” title_size=”h4″ title_color=”accent” separator_style=”disabled” separator_color=”accent”][vc_empty_space][vc_accordion active_tab=”false” collapsible=”yes” style=”2″][vc_accordion_tab title=”What should I do if I have a beaver problem on my property?”][vc_column_text]Beavers are part of the natural environment of a lake. To limit the impact of their activities on your land, it is possible to protect the most sensitive trees, generally deciduous trees, by various means. It is also possible to do business with a trapper. You can find tips for protecting trees and how to hire a trapper here.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Where should I go and what is the complaint procedure if I see bad practices in the riparian strip?”][vc_column_text]The environmental department of the municipality of Saint-Hippolyte must be contacted immediately at 450-563-2505, extension 2257. You can also do so online on the municipality’s website: http: //www.saint- hippolyte.ca/services-aux-citoyens/requetes-et-plaintes/. In order to facilitate the handling of your complaint, it is recommended that you take photos, note the date, location and the names or description of the people involved to support your complaint.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”What plants can I use to revegetate my riparian strip or the edge of a watercourse on my land?”][vc_column_text]Native plants are recommended to revegetate the riparian strip. They are more adapted and resistant to climate, pests and diseases than horticultural varieties. The Interdisciplinary Federation of Ornamental Horticulture of Quebec (FIHOQ) offers a directory of plants to use in the riparian strip as well as a search engine for amateur gardeners: http://www.fihoq.qc.ca/jardiniers- amateurs / resources-for-gardening / riparian-strips-landscaping-and-maintenance
The municipality also offers the sale of plants at reduced prices during its environment day in the spring: http://www.saint-hippolyte.ca/services-aux-citoyens/environnement/.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”What is the procedure for reporting a bloom of blue algae?”][vc_column_text]You must contact the environmental department of the municipality of Saint-Hippolyte: at 450-563-2505 extension 2257 and the Ministry of the Environment (MDDEFP). You will find the form for the visual observation of a water flower as well as various documents related to blue-green algae in the Practical links section.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][/vc_accordion][/vc_column][/vc_row]