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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.

Documents:

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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