© Ross Peterson, Sue Stacho, Ryan Young © Ross Peterson, Sue Stacho, Ryan Young

Conservation of the Pierrefonds-Ouest Sector

Conservation of the Pierrefonds-Ouest Sector

01/05/2015 - Present

Sauvons l’Anse-à-l’Orme is an action team that banded together to stop a vast development project in Pierrefonds-Roxboro and Saint-Anne-de-Bellevue.

The City of Montreal has announced its intention to develop 6,000 new housing units on 185 hectares of fallow agricultural land, marshlands and wetlands bordered by a beautifully dense forest. This land is currently home to a wide variety of terrestrial and aquatic wildlife, a large number of which are threatened or endangered, such as the Bobolink, the Northern Map Turtle, the American Kestrel, the Brown Snake and the Jefferson Salamander.

Sauvons L’Anse-a-l’Orme believes that this natural space should be protected in its entirety, and that any development will have irreversible effects on the biodiversity that thrives here.  In a study released by the David Suzuki Foundation in Feb 2016, it was shown that connectivity in adjoining nature parks could be reduced by up to 24%. Through massive citizen opposition to the loss of this last unprotected natural area on the island of Montreal, they hope to protect this area by creating a great new regional, provincial or national park.


The impacts of the Cap Nature real estate project (Pierrefonds West) on ecological connectivity

Avian diversity, assemblages and use of vegetation, mainly by shrub-nesters, in an urban ecosystem

Urbanization is known to have a negative impact on biodiversity. Increasing vegetation density and diversity increases bird species in cities.

© Staffan Widstrand / WWF © Staffan Widstrand / WWF

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