Friday, September 19, 2008

Montreal Expands Ecoterritory

envFrom The Chronicle:

In what the Montreal executive committee is calling an unprecedented partnership, it has teamed up with conservation group Ducks Unlimited Canada to save about 180 hectares of wetlands in West Pierrefonds, west of Rivière à l'Orme, from development.

"This is the largest (conservation zone) enlargement project ever undertaken on the Island of Montreal," explained Hélène Fotopoulos, executive committee member responsible for green and blue spaces. The announcement occurred at a public meeting of the committee at the Salle Pauline-Julien of Collège Gérald Godin in Île Bizard/Ste. Geneviève.

Currently, there are about 88 hectares in the area that are protected. With the addition of another 180, the protected area would be as large as Jean Drapeau Park, and larger than Mount Royal Park, according to Fotopoulos.

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