The 19th Corvée mountain clean-up is a great success!

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“We’re tied to our mountain”: more true than ever!

Click here to view the event photo gallery. Photos: Andrew Dobrowolskyj (morning activities), Tzara Maud (afternoon activities).

Winning conditions contributed to the great success of the 19th Corvée du Mont-Royal mountain clean-up on Sunday, May 2, 2010: fine, sunny weather and more than 475 enthusiastic Montrealers, who made a tangible contribution to the mountain’s conservation.

Alan DeSousa, vice-president of the Executive Committee of the Ville de Montréal and member responsible for sustainable development, joined Sylvie Guilbault and Éric Richard, respectively Executive Director and Director of Educational Services of Les amis de la montagne, to launch the day’s activities.

In the morning, participants collected more than 100 bags of trash from wooded areas constituting about 70 % of Mount Royal Park. A handful of oddities were collected, such as fire crackers, about 50 golf balls and a large camp site in the shape of a long house with three separate “rooms”.

Over 40 participants planted 350 indigenous trees and shrubs in an area adjacent to the children’s playground near Beaver Lake, including Red Oak, Sugar Maple, American Basswood, Hawthorn, Nannyberry and Redosier Dogwood.


Later in the day, the volunteers participated in a group photo in the shape of a “350”. This number represents the quantity of trees planted and also symbolises a world-wide campaign dedicated to mobilising the population around finding global solutions to the climate crisis. In parts per million, 350 represents what scientists say is the safe upper limit for carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Two teams evaluated previous tree plantings for their growth rate and another two teams cut down an area overtaken by common buckthorn, an exotic invasive species on the mountain.


In the afternoon, activities for the whole family were organized to celebrate the renewal of spring and to underline the International Year of Biodiversity. The percussion group Samajam held lively tam-tam initiation sessions, the Zoo Écomuseum presented a variety of animals to the delight of the little ones and their parents and participants enjoyed a splendidly sweet treat of Opera cakes decorated along the theme of biodiversity, prepared specially by pastry students of the École Calixa-Lavallée.


Visitors were able to deepen their understanding of biodiversity conservation by viewing kiosks presented by several organizations specializing in this area: the Université de Montréal, the Institut de recherche en biologie végétale and the Centre sur la biodiversité de Montréal; McGill University’s Centre de la Science de la Biodiversité du Québec; Nature-Action Québec; the Agence Canadienne d’Inspection des Aliments; and Les amis de la montagne. Visitors could also leave with one of 300 young trees, a contribution by the Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune du Québec.


Photos 1 - 4 : Andrew Dobrowolskyj; photos 5 - 9 : Tzara Maud.


The Corvée du Mont-Royal is the kick-off event of “May 2010: Mount Royal Month”. Les amis de la montagne wish to thank the Ville de Montréal for its generous material and logistic contributions to the Corvée event, as well as the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, principal partner of “May 2010: Mount Royal Month”. The activities in May are also made possible thanks to the participation of Group Yellow Inc., National Bank Financial Group, Rock Détente, Virgin Radio 96, CJAD 800 AM, La Presse, The Gazette and numerous collaborators and volunteers.

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