October 28 2019

Emerald Ash Borer - Town of Rosemère to Renaturalize Les Roitelets Woodland

ROSEMÈRE, October 28, 2019 – In the year ahead, the Town of Rosemère will be renaturalizing Les Roitelets woodland. All of the ash trees in this woodland have unfortunately been killed or severely weakened by the emerald ash borer.

The emerald ash borer represents a major ecological crisis for the Town of Rosemère and, indeed, the rest of the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM). Since the pest poses a risk to public safety, the Town will have to cut down all the ash trees in Les Roitelets woodland.

This area is currently composed almost exclusively of ash trees and buckthorn (an invasive exotic shrub that is threatening our natural ecosystems), which makes it a woodland of low ecological value. As a result, the Town is taking this opportunity to renaturalize the space in a way that increases biodiversity.

Rosemère cares deeply for the natural environment, and trees and shrubs are a key part of that. The Town will therefore take all necessary measures in 2020 to reforest and revitalize this green space. To this end, Les Roitelets woodland will be replanted as a flowering meadow to encourage the presence of pollinators, such as bees and monarch butterflies. Moreover, the planting of trees in the meadow will ensure a return to woodland in the long term and maintain the high quality of the tree canopy.

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