Sauvons la falaise talks about its mission to protect the St-Jacques Escarpment Eco-territory in Montreal.
''The primary mission of Sauvons la falaise (Save the Escarpment) is to ensure protection the St. Jacques Escarpment Eco-territory, an “orphaned urban wilderness.” We understand that the Turcot highway project is a necessary infrastructure renewal program and are not against the project per se.
Our vision primarily includes: protecting the falaise St. Jacques from further incursions by the MTQ (Quebec Ministry of Transport); promoting connectivity though bike paths and the green belt between NDG, the Sud Ouest, (via dalle-parc) Lachine, Montreal West and Westmount; cleaning up the falaise; and compelling the City and the MTQ to show us a plan for the falaise and surrounding areas including the Turcot Yards.
Already, almost 10 percent of this supposedly “protected” Eco-territory has been bulldozed to facilitate building the new highway. We demand to see detailed plans so that we can be assured no more of the Eco-territory will be sacrificed.
The falaise St. Jacques is located just south of St. Jacques Street stretching 4km from the Montreal West Interchange almost to Decarie Blvd. This neglected green space is perhaps emblematic of the 10 other eco-territories on the Island of Montreal. Working to protect the falaise St-Jacques is also working to protect all eco-territories.
The falaise St-Jacques is vital for at least four reasons:
1) It is important to wildlife, notably serving as a bird migration route
2) It is central to any greenbelt (ceinture verte) which could be created on the Island
3) It reduces erosion and keeps St. Jacques St. at the top of the escarpment (rather than the bottom)
4) Increasingly, we are finding that both mental and physical health are linked to the preservation of wilderness
Beyond the falaise St-Jacques, the battle is to preserve all major green spaces left on Montreal Island and to promote green corridors between them. Montreal can only count about six percent of its territory as green space; to reach the stated objective of 10 percent, some 2,000 additional hectares of green space need to be protected on Montreal Island. Sadly, many local authorities continue to destroy green spaces as if there is no tomorrow!''
This is a free event. All are welcome.
When: Friday 21st October at 7pm
Where: 4695 Boulevard de Maisonneuve Ouest, Westmount, QC H3Z 1L9
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