As part of the International Year of Forests

Five years ago, Les amis de la montagne initiated the Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP) on Mont Royal to support mountain property owners and managers in their efforts to conserve the mountain’s natural environment and to encourage citizen participation in hands-on activities.

The priority since 2009 has been to reduce the fragmentation of the woods in Mont-Royal Park in accordance with the Mont Royal Protection and Enhancement Plan’s biodiversity conservation objectives. The actions undertaken, in collaboration with the Ville de Montréal, are aimed at increasing the ecological corridors to connect numerous wooded areas in order to promote the dispersion and the migration of a variety of species.

Results of actions undertaken between May and October, 2011 include:

  • Planting of 1,912 indigenous trees and shrubs;
  • Evaluation of 1,087 trees and shrubs planted in Mont-Royal Park since 2006. Preliminary results indicate a very appreciable overall survival rate of about 78%;
  • Cutting of common buckthorn, an exotic invasive shrub that reduces the efficiency of plantings and threatens the regeneration of indigenous species;
  • Collecting 150 bags of trash from the underbrush during the Corvée du Mont-Royal clean-up, where all forested zones of the park and the St-Joseph’s Oratory of Mont-Royal site were cleaned.

The ESP is made possible through the invaluable participation of volunteers from the community, a total of 1,337 individuals in 2011, who came on their own or in groups to help protect the mountain’s natural environment.

Les amis de la montagne extends heartfelt thanks to all citizens and the following groups: Atelier Bon débarras, Carrefour Jeunesse-emploi (Centre-Ville), Carrefour Jeunesse-emploi (Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve), groups from C-Vert de Montréal, Fido and Chubb Insurance (in collaboration with Evergreen), TD Bank Group, Groupe Transat, HSBC, Les pousses urbaines, Lower Canada College, Manulife Financial, McGill University’s Environment Club, Société Radio-Canada and Sukyo Mahikari.

Les amis further thanks its financial partners for their support, in particular the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, principal partner of Mont-Royal Month and TD Green Sunday, that contribute generously to the ESP.

Thank you to Evergreen for its financial support and continued confidence that allows Les amis to establish new partnerships with numerous corporate groups.

Finally, our sincerest thanks to the team at the city’s Division des Grands parcs and the park’s maintenance team for their excellent collaboration in making this program possible.