First Phase of the Urban Forestry Master Plan

First Phase of the Urban Forestry Master Plan

In response to concerns expressed by residents during recent public consultations in 2019 and 2020, the Town of Rosemère announced on June 15th  the first phase of its Urban Forestry Master Plan, which aims to promote the resilience of its forest and, in so doing, maintain and enhance the municipality’s tree wealth.

Habitat, a consulting firm committed to finding environmental solutions, has been hired to conduct a study that will help achieve the long-term conservation and enhancement objectives for Rosemère’s forest. This first report is divided into four main sections:

– Portrait of the Town’s urban forest

– Review of municipal bylaws and programs impacting the management and preservation of Rosemère’s urban trees

– Strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities of the present forest

– Planting strategy

“The development of this plan is in line with our urban vision—Rosemère, a proud, green and prosperous town. First of all, “proud and green”, because our canopy index ranks us fifth among the municipalities of the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM) that have a population of more than 10,000 people; and “prosperous”, because Rosemère’s trees represent $19 million in ornamental value and have a carbon stock of over 3800 metric tons, the economic value of which has been estimated at $739,000,” stated Mayor Eric Westram at the time of the announcement. “But we must remain proactive and do everything we can to encourage diversified and complementary planting in order to reduce, as much as possible, the risks associated with such disturbances as disease and climate change,” he mentioned.

Habitat’s proposed planting strategy, which will be rolled out over the next few years, is based on two main directions: increasing the urban forest’s resilience to global change as well as distributing and increasing the canopy index across the municipality’s various residential sectors.