MONTREAL – Beaconsfield mayor Georges Bourelle is hoping that Quebec’s newly elected provincial government will help save Angell Woods.
The council has passed a resolution that asks Quebec’s Ministry of Natural Resources to protect two exceptional forest areas in its jurisdiction.
Council members hope that with official provincial government recognition, it will be possible to protect Angell Woods’ sugar maple groves, bitternut hickory trees and a red ash plantation, two of which are forest populations considered rare in Quebec.
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Angell Woods is a privately owned forest, and one of the largest on the Island of Montreal.
“We are committed to protecting Angell Woods because it is an exceptional private forest with significant and widely recognized environmental value,” said Bourelle in a statement.
“With its two exceptional forest ecosystems, Angell Woods is a natural treasure for Beaconsfield, and it is our duty to ensure that the Woods are preserved.”
As early as 1990, city officials had identified the importance of protecting Angell Woods, and the Montreal Metropolitan Community designated Angell Woods as a natural area of interest.
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