88. The ecological reserves established and the nature reserves recognized before 19 December 2002 are maintained. The same applies to proposed ecological reserves in whose respect a notice was published in the Gazette officielle du Québec before that date. Those reserves are governed, as of that date, by the provisions of this Act subject to the following paragraph.
The Minister is not required to propose to the Government for approval a conservation plan for the ecological reserves already established. The Minister has one year from 19 December 2002 to have the Government approve a conservation plan for proposed ecological reserves. The proposed ecological reserves are deemed to have been set aside, in accordance with Title III, for a period of four years beginning on 19 December 2002. Any public consultation on the proposals being held on that date shall continue in accordance with the provisions of this Act.