Please sign this petition to support the creation of a protected nature park on Mont Rigaud. Mont Rigaud is the only expansive and pristine forested area on or near the island of Montreal. It is home to many species of plants and animals, including a white tailed deer population of over 200. The mountain has over 25 linear kilometres of trail network and is a popular hiking and cross country skiing area. With many trees, both deciduous and coniferous, over 80 years old, this area provides habitat for many animal species.
As the only remaining, mostly intact, forest with close to 4300 hectares, it acts as the lungs for the surrounding area, including the island of Montreal. These trees have so many valuable functions. They provide oxygen, ensure a healthy water cycle – preserve groundwater supplies, prevent flooding, absorb pollutants, purify air and water, prevent soil erosion, provide habitat for animals, provide canopy to prevent the “heat island” effect, absorb carbon dioxide that prevents global warming, and produce phytoncides which fight cancer and increase immune response.
Having access to wilderness areas has a multitude of health benefits to everyone who visits them. Many studies have been released, recently, indicating that spending time in nature leads a multitude of benefits including: improved physical fitness, enhanced perceptual abilities; improved immune response; increased emotional stability; improved cognitive skills, improved sense of connectedness with the world; increased sense of meaning and purpose; improved social skills; and increased frequency and investment in Environmentally Responsible Behaviours.
Presently, much of the remaining forest on Rigaud Mountain is zoned for development. We ask that all deforestation on the mountain be halted immediately to allow for the creation of a nature park consisting of all remaining contiguous wilderness areas.
Mont Rigaud Zoning: http://ville.rigaud.qc.ca/sites/default/files/pdf/Annexe%20A-Plan%20de%20zonage%20275-2010%20rural%20.pdf
Mont Rigaud Environmental Assessment:http://www.mrcdevaudreuil-soulanges.com/sites/default/files/documents/schema-amenagement/Chap_7/Pages%20de%20Schema%20damenagement%20revise%20refondu%20-%20Chapitre%207.pdf