$76 million for Montreal trees
The City of Montreal today authorized a loan of $76 million to finance its Urban Forest Plan (PFU) for the period from 2023 to 2025.< /p>
This sum will be mainly devoted to the planting of trees and shrubs as well as the maintenance of existing forest areas. Issues that affect the increase in biodiversity and which are essential for Montreal, according to Malin Anagrius, representative of the Urban Forest Alliance and vice-president of Soverdi, an organization that works to green the island.
The planting of trees also aims to combat heat islands and improve air quality in the metropolis. Maintenance work, meanwhile, should be used in particular to fight against the emerald ash borer, an insect pest that forces the City to cut down several trees each year.
The vice-president of the city's executive committee, Caroline Bourgeois, affirms that these investments will allow Montreal to accelerate the pace of greening and “improve the quality of life of the population in this context. climate emergency”.