Rosemère to renaturalize its ‘Les Roitelets’ woods
The Town of Rosemère says its Les Roitelets woods are infested with emerald ash borer and drastic measures must be taken for public safety and to reconstitute the woodland.

(NSN) In the year ahead, the Town of Rosemère plans to take measures to renaturalize the Les Roitelets woods located on its territory.

According to the town, all of the ash trees in the woodland on rue des Roitelets straddling Autoroute 640 have unfortunately died or have been severely weakened by the emerald ash borer.

‘Ecological crisis’

“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),” town officials said in a statement issued last week.

Since severe tree damage causes a risk to public safety, they say they will have to cut down all the ash trees in the Les Roitelets woodland.

Renaturalizing the space

The area is currently composed almost exclusively of ash trees and buckthorn (an invasive exotic shrub that is threatening Rosemère’s natural ecosystems), which makes it a woodland of low ecological value, according to the town.

As a result, Rosemère says it is seizing the 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,” says the town.

‘All necessary measures’

The Town of Rosemère says that it 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 town says planting of trees in the meadow will ensure a return to woodland status in the long term and maintain a high quality in the tree canopy.