Summertime news from Les amis de la montagne

2012-07-15

Mont Royal Summit 2012, a tree nursery on the mountain, raccoon vaccination campaign and a new free map of the Mont Royal territory



Mont Royal Summit 2012

Ten years after the Montreal Summit, Les amis de la montagne plan to hold a Mont Royal Summit before the end of the year.

This collective undertaking is aimed at bringing together both citizens and stakeholders from the Montreal community to discuss the future of Mont Royal, to identify sustainable solutions to the challenges of development and the protection of the mountain and to formulate recommendations to the municipal and governmental authorities responsible for the territory.

As part of this endeavour, Les amis de la montagne are holding a series of workshops and individual meetings. The underlying question being asked in 2012 is whether citizens can be assured in both the short and long-term that the mountain, as the emblem of our city, is well protected. To this end, four themes are already emerging:

  1. the transformation of institutional properties on the mountain,
  2. the presence of Mont Royal in Montreal's urban landscape,
  3. the accessibility to the mountain and
  4. the efficient, transparent management of the mountain, based on a consultative process.

The objective of this exercise is to equip citizens and those responsible for the development of this territory with a common vision for the future of the mountain, as well as an action plan to ensure its realisation.

 

Steering Committee, Mont Royal Summit, 2012
Honorary President
Marcel Côté, Founding Partner, SECOR

Workshop Chairpersons
Florence Junca-Adenot, Professor and Director of Forum URBA 2015 – UQAM, Patrick Kenniff, Associate, Kenniff & Racine, Nathalie Zinger, Vice President (Québec), Nature Conservancy, Franck Scherrer, Director of the Institut d’urbanisme, Université de Montréal

Preservation Committee and Organizing Committee Members
Dinu Bumbaru, C.M., Policy Director, Héritage Montréal, Jean Décarie, Urban Planner, Peter A. Howlett, C.M., President, Les amis de la montagne, Yves Laliberté, Heritage Consultant, Marie-Odile Trépanier, Honorary Professor, Institut d’urbanisme, Université de Montréal, Pierre M. Valiquette, Consultant for the conservation of natural environments, Sylvie Guilbault, Executive Director, Les amis de la montagne and Gabrielle Korn, Director of Communications, Les amis de la montagne


Tree nursery project at the Université de Montréal on the mountain

The pilot project to create a tree nursery on the mountain, led by the Université de Montréal and the Société de verdissement du Montréal métropolitain (SOVERDI), in collaboration with Les amis de la montagne, came one step closer to becoming a reality on June 21, when 450 seedlings were transplanted to the university campus situated on the northern slope of Mont Royal.

The educational component of this project involved elementary school students and consisted of the production of indigenous trees from seeds collected on the mountain. Last September, participants from the École Arc-en-Ciel in the Plateau Mont-Royal borough were the first to take part in this project and for the next scholastic year, the partners wish to involve a dozen more classes.

The tree nursery project is the result of a partnership between the Université de Montréal and SOVERDI, in order to take advantage of the vacant spaces of the UdeM’s Outremont site to grow trees which could then be transplanted to the public spaces of Montréal’s network of educational institutions: in the yards of schools, colleges, daycares and university campuses.

The transplantation of this first crop of trees took place in the presence of the principal representatives of this greening project (L to R): Pierre Bélec, Executive Director, SOVERDI, Raymond Bachand, Québec Finance Minister and MP for Outremont, Malin Anagrius, Project coordinator at SOVERDI, Guy Breton, Rector, Université de Montréal, Marie Cinq-Mars, Mayor of the Outremont Borough, Éric Richard and Sylvie Guilbault of Les amis de la montagne, Alicia Anagrius and Sarah Millette, students and project participants from the École Arc-en-Ciel. (Photo: Université de Montréal/Andrew Dobrwolskyj)


Raccoons on Mont Royal: awareness campaign and vaccination

Les amis de la montagne’s conservation patrol, in collaboration with the Ville de Montréal, is leading a major awareness-raising campaign at the Camillien-Houde lookout directed at the general public to reduce the problems caused by feeding raccoons.

The popularity of the site facilitates interaction between Les amis’ educators and the hundreds of visitors to this location on the mountain to raise awareness about the importance of refraining from feeding or touching wild animals that can bite and transmit viruses or infectious diseases to humans.

Parallel to this awareness campaign, Les amis participated in a vaccination program to prevent the distemper virus and rabies in raccoons in Mont-Royal Park. The vaccine program is aimed at stabilizing the raccoon population which reduces the risk of illness and mortality in wildlife, thereby reducing the risk of exposure to illnesses in humans.

Big catch! One of the senior members of the raccoon population in the park was captured during the project: a female at least 9 years old, whose precise weight was unknown as it exceeded the maximum capacity of the scale, more than 8.6 kilos!


New map of the Mont Royal Historic and Natural District

The Ville de Montréal has just produced a new map designed for tourists and visitors of Mont Royal.

Available for free in English and in French, the map facilitates the exploration of the Mont Royal Historic and Natural District while highlighting the different entry points from the city, the welcome and information centres, the institutions and other points of interest. The map also suggests several themed walks.

The map is available at several locations in Montreal, including Maison Smith in Mont-Royal Park. The French version is also available in PDF format on the website of the Réseau des grands parcs de la Ville de Montréal.

Tell us what do you think?

Click here to participate in the evaluation of the map (English questionnaire on page 2). Simply fill out the form and send it by email to the Bureau du Mont-Royal no later than August 31.