Commendable teamwork to save Angell Woods - The cities of Beaconsfield and Montréal join forces



    MONTREAL, April 11 /CNW Telbec/ - Helen Fotopulos, member of the Montréal
executive committee responsible for green and blue spaces, parks and the
status of women, and Bob Benedetti, Mayor of Beaconsfield, are pleased to
announce the conclusion of an agreement to protect a part of Angell Woods in
Beaconsfield. The terms of this agreement will be tabled before the Montréal
executive committee for approval within the next few days. The executive
committee recommendation later will be submitted to the Montréal city council
and urban agglomeration council. This joint effort by the cities of
Beaconsfield and Montréal will serve to expand the protected area of natural
environments of interest in the western portion of the Island of Montréal.
    "I am delighted by this rewarding joint effort between our two
administrations aimed at preserving an eco-forest treasure of incalculable
ecological value. This $4-million acquisition constitutes the largest
financial investment of this type, to date, in our policy on the protection
and enhancement of natural habitats. I would like to recognize the vital
participation of Ducks Unlimited, which has made this protection project
possible. In addition, I want to congratulate ALTA Industriel, owner of the
property, for its exemplary corporate concern and openness. This major
acquisition will contribute to the expansion of the Anse-à-l'Orme nature park.
Through this project, Montréal is affirming the importance of its natural
environment in the planning and development of a city that is a great place to
live while remaining economically competitive," said Mrs. Fotopulos.
    This transaction of 22.2 protected hectares, which represents about one
quarter of the total woodland area, consists in the south of a large plot
acquired by Montréal and in the north of a second plot purchased by
Beaconsfield.
    "Our synergies in this project are now more than ever before based on a
policy focusing on future generations-a policy that makes the planning of a
harmonious and pleasant environment for residents a priority. For
Beaconsfield, Angell Woods is more than one local ecological treasure among
the West Island's various ecoterritories; it is the emerald centrepiece of a
pearl necklace," said Mayor Benedetti of Beaconsfield.
    Angell Woods consists of mature deciduous trees, some of which are over
100 years old. A highly biodiverse environment, a natural habitat for rare
plant plants and threatened animal species, this area has been designated as
an Exceptional Forest Ecosystem (EFE) by the ministère des Ressources
naturelles du Québec (MRN). It is home in particular to several species of
birds of prey, for which it represents a habitat of interest (nesting,
migration and winter range) and a means of survival.
    It is worth noting that the Rivière à l'Orme Ecoforest Corridor, which
comprises Angell Woods, is one of the sectors targeted for action in the
policy on the protection and enhancement of natural habitats that was
implemented in 2004.




For further information:

For further information: Patricia Guilbard, Service des communications
sectorielles, Ville de Montréal, (514) 868-3354; Caterina Pompeo,
Communications, City of Beaconsfield, (514) 428-4453, Source: Darren Becker,
Cabinet du comité exécutif, Ville de Montréal, (514) 872-6412

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