Rosemère Acquires 7 Additional Hectares
Determined to preserve its natural spaces, the Town of Rosemère is continuing with its efforts to safeguard the Grand Coteau Forest by acquiring seven additional hectares of land in this incredible natural setting. This will help ensure these woodlands are conserved and protected in perpetuity from real estate development.
Rosemère would like to thank the Gouvernement du Québec and the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM) for their contribution of $2,237,720, split equally between the two, which has enabled the acquisition of these seven hectares of mature forest. The Town itself has invested $3,203,220 in this environmental preservation initiative.
Rosemère initially purchased close to 13.1 hectares of these woodlands in 2021 with the support of the Gouvernement du Québec and the CMM. This latest acquisition will make it possible to protect 20.1 hectares in all. Part of the Trame verte et bleue du Grand Montréal, these acquisitions will enhance the Grand Coteau Forest Corridor, which stretches from the flat farmlands of Mirabel in the west to the peat bogs of L’Assomption in the east. The Town is also a member of the Grand Coteau Forest Corridor Committee (CFGC), the goal of which is to conserve and ensure the stewardship of this extraordinary natural asset.
“The residents of the Town of Rosemère will now have access to more green space thanks to this acquisition. We will continue supporting initiatives to conserve our natural heritage and collaborating with cities and towns on such efforts,” said Eric Girard, Minister of Finance and Minister Responsible for Relations with English-Speaking Quebecers, on behalf of Pierre Fitzgibbon, Minister of Economy, Innovation and Energy, Minister Responsible for Regional Economic Development and Minister Responsible for the Metropolis and the Montréal Region.
“This acquisition is one of many efforts by the CMM to achieve the objective set during COP15 in December 2022 to protect 30% of the metropolitan area by 2030,” said Massimo Iezzoni, Chief Executive Officer of the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal. “I congratulate the Town of Rosemère on this initiative, which will help enrich the Trame verte et bleue du Grand Montréal through the addition of an exceptionally biodiverse site and safeguard the urban canopy.”
“Conserving our environment and ecosystems is something that the Town of Rosemère strongly believes in,” said Rosemère Mayor Eric Westram. “The Grand Coteau Forest is, first and foremost, a natural haven, home to vulnerable and threatened species that we all have a duty to protect. By acquiring these remarkable woodlands, we are ensuring their long-term survival and enjoyment by future generations.”
About the Trame verte et bleue du Grand Montréal
The Trame verte et bleue is a recreation and tourism network that aims to protect and enhance Greater Montreal’s natural environments, landscapes and built heritage for residents’ enjoyment. Funded by the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal, the Gouvernement du Québec and municipal administrations, the multiple initiatives carried out under the Trame verte et bleue promote active public transportation and help maintain biodiversity, mitigate the impacts of climate change, improve people’s quality of life and strengthen Greater Montreal’s overall appeal. To learn more, visit www.cmm.qc.ca.
In the photo: Mr. Eric Girard, Minister of Finance and Minister Responsible for Relations with English-Speaking Quebecers, Mr. Eric Westram, Mayor of Rosemère and Mr. Massimo Iezzoni, Chief Executive Officer of the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal.