Terra-Cotta Natural Park – Preventive work to ensure safety and preserve ecological value
The City of Pointe-Claire would like to inform residents that preventive work was performed over the past few days in Terra-Cotta Natural Park to ensure the safety of users and preserve this ecologically valuable urban woodland.
This annual preventive work consisted of pruning or felling dead, diseased, or declining trees. It was performed by arboriculture experts after an assessment by a forest engineer in order to limit maintenance in the park while ensuring the safety of all users.
This work affected one hundred trees, nearly half of which were ash trees.
Mature trees were also pruned while preserving natural structures of approximately three metres, thereby allowing the trees to be used as shelter by animals and reptiles in Terra-Cotta Natural Park or as nesting sites for birds.
Debris from felled trees was also left on the ground to be used as shelter by small mammals and insects and to act as a nutrient for the soil. This work was completed in a way that ensured visitors could walk freely on the paths in the park at all times.
“Our actions constantly aim to preserve this ecologically valuable natural urban woodland. In 2017, over 3,000 new trees were planted in Terra-Cotta Natural Park, which is one way we are maintaining the canopy and offering the entire community a shaded area where they can enjoy recreational activities with a low environmental impact,” stated Mayor John Belvedere.
Eleven new interactive panels were also installed this fall along the various paths in the park to raise awareness in the community about protecting this rich natural environment.
Natural structure allowing animals, reptiles and birds to take shelter.
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