Table 2.6.1 Ecoterritory conservation and development objectives
Protect natural environments of interest by taking them into account when planning development projects.
Ecoterritory - conservation and development objectives
1. LA FORÊT DE SENNEVILLE
Preserve the biodiversity and integrity of wooded landscapes.
Establish wildlife corridors between Lac des Deux Montagnes, Senneville Woods, the Ecomuseum and the Bois-de-la-Roche agricultural park without compromising the privacy of lakefront properties.
Preserve the ponds located north of the Ecomuseum, given their scarcity on the Island and potential as wildlife habitats.
2. LE CORRIDOR ÉCOFORESTIER DE LA RIVIÈRE À L’ORME
Create a viable ecological corridor with extensive biodiversity along the only inland river on the Island of Montréal.
Create a recreational corridor from Beaurepaire Station to the Cap-Saint-Jacques nature park and Bois-de-la-Roche agricultural park.
Maintain Rivière à l’Orme’s watershed and improve its water quality.
Consolidate the boundaries of the L’Anse-à-l’Orme nature park and the Bois-de-la-Roche agricultural park through the conservation of natural environments with high ecological value along their edges.
3. LE CORRIDOR ÉCOFORESTIER DE L'ÎLE BIZARD
Preserve viable and diversified ecosystems around wetlands and woodlots of very high ecological value and those located in areas under development.
Consolidate the boundaries of Cap-Saint-Jacques and Bois-de-l’Île-Bizard nature parks through the conservation of natural environments with intrinsic ecological value or playing an important role as wildlife habitats.
Create an ecological and recreational corridor between Pointe Théorêt (an extension of the Cap-Saint-Jacques nature park), Lac des Deux Montagnes and the Bois-de-l’Île-Bizard nature park.
Conserve an important portion of the natural environment north of the Bois-de-l’Île-Bizard nature park for wildlife habitat (especially birds of prey and white-tailed deer).
4. LES RAPIDES DU CHEVAL BLANC
Preserve a viable ecosystem around a unique scenic site overlooking Rivière des Prairies that has the potential to be a regional park.
Preserve the extensive wildlife and plant biodiversity in the area while maximizing access to riverbanks.
Maintain a link between the conservation areas and the three existing riverside parks (Île Roxboro, Cheval Blanc and Des Arbres).
5. LA COULÉE VERTE DU RUISSEAU BERTRAND
Control Bertrand Stream water quality and quantity.
Redirect water runoff from the Technoparc in the borough of Saint-Laurent to Bertrand Stream.
Develop and enhance the natural environments to restore an ecosystem along the portion of the stream between the airport and the Bois-de-Liesse nature park.
Consolidate the boundaries of the Bois-de-Liesse nature park by including the woodlots of ecological value south of the park.
Establish a green corridor between Lac Saint-Louis and the Bois-de-Liesse nature park.
6. LES SOMMETS ET LES FLANCS DU MONT ROYAL
Update Mount Royal’s Enhancement Plan by incorporating objectives related to ecological management as currently practised in nature parks.
Preserve the emblematic value of the mountain’s summits and green slopes.
Protect the forested areas consisting of three layers of vegetation (herbaceous, shrubbery and trees) on the summits and slopes as feeding and nesting grounds for a wide variety of birds.
Take special care to preserve the exceptional forest stands on the mountain’s north slope, which are rare vestiges of Mount Royal’s original forest cover.
Maximize views and opportunities for contact with nature on all sides of the mountain.
Foster green links between the natural areas on the three summits both within and outside the existing parks.
Preserve the wooded corridor bordering Camillien-Houde Road.
7. LA COULÉE VERTE DU RUISSEAU DE MONTIGNY
Maintain a viable ecosystem along this exceptional stream, located in a highly urbanized area with a shortage of natural space.
Preserve the extensive biodiversity of Boutin, Rochon, Lapierre and Gagné islands by permitting recreational activities compatible with the protection of their natural surroundings.
Ensure an adequate supply of good-quality water for De Montigny Stream.
Create a linear park linking the area extending from Rivière des Prairies to the retention pond in Anjou.
8. LA TRAME VERTE DE L’EST
Remedy the shortage of natural spaces in the east end of the Island of Montréal.
Preserve biodiversity by protecting the few remaining natural areas of ecological value.
Maximize the natural areas’ connections and accessibility for both residents and wildlife.
Consolidate the boundaries of Pointe-aux-Prairies nature park.
Ensure an adequate water supply for Pinel Creek, Grou Basin and headwater marshes.
Conserve the woodlots along Highway 40 as a noise barrier and a feature with visual appeal in a heavily industrialized area which serves as a gateway to Montréal.
9. LES RAPIDES DE LACHINE
Maintain ecosystem integrity.
Preserve cultural heritage.
Develop the recreational and tourism potential.
10. LA FALAISE SAINT-JACQUES
Prepare a plan for the protection and enhancement of this area, in collaboration with the boroughs concerned.
Identify the interventions required to curb the erosion of the escarpment.