Rosemont plants two micro-forests to protect biodiversity
The mayor of the borough of Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie, François Limoges, planted trees from the new microforests with young people from Père-Marquette high school.
While the borough of Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie adopted its biodiversity master plan on June 6, 80 of its residents recently contributed to the planting of two microforests of nearly 900 trees and shrubs each, in Père-Marquette Park.
These two small, fast-growing dense forests aim to contribute to biodiversity and the reduction of urban heat islands.
Carried out as part of the first participatory budget of the City of Montreal, they add to the last two micro-forests planted last spring, near the skateboard park at Parc du Père-Marquette and in Parc du Pélican.
The City of Montreal has provided a budget of $88,000 for this project.
The Biodiversity Master Plan adopted by the Borough Council on June 6 is based on five guidelines: supporting and conserving existing biodiversity; improve existing habitats and create new ones; create wetlands or bodies of water and strengthen the ecological management of rainwater; connecting habitats at all scales; and involve all stakeholders in the territory.
Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie will thus act in the greening and demineralization of streets and alleys in the borough, the development of biodiversity corridors, the planting of meadows flower beds and microforests, or even in the development of rain gardens.
“More than ever, the ecological transition is at the heart of discussions on the future of cities, underlines Borough Mayor François Limages, by press release. That’s why it’s essential that land use planning be considered from a perspective of sustainable development.