Pincourt residents ramp up combat to protect shrinking inexperienced area



John McGale, a member of Offenbach, closes a fundraising live performance held Saturday by Pincourt Vert, a non-profit group that goals to dam growth of a forested space close to the Ottawa River.


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A gaggle of residents who’ve been lobbying for a number of years to dam growth of a privately owned piece of land in Pincourt on account of environmental considerations are ramping up their advocacy efforts with the launch of a non-profit group.

The brand new group, Pincourt Vert, was formally introduced this previous Saturday at a fundraising live performance held at St. Patrick of the Island Church. The occasion introduced collectively a number of regional environmental teams, together with Sauvons L’Anse à L’Orme, Sauvez Rousseau Wetlands and Ralliement contre la air pollution radioactive. It additionally featured a number of acclaimed Pincourt-area musicians, together with rocker John McGale of Offenbach, jazz crooner Kim Beyea and the Celtic/Québécois people group Mariner’s Curse.

Pincourt Vert founder Shelagh McNally, who can be one of many organizers behind Sauvez Rousseau Wetlands, mentioned the fundraiser aimed to offset the mounting prices for lawyer charges and consultants within the continued effort to protect the four-hectare woods recognized to locals as Rousseau Forest.

“All of that is work, and we wished to do one thing the place individuals may take pleasure in one another’s firm and rejoice the neighborhood. Pincourt is a good neighborhood, all of us love our neighborhood and we wished it to be a celebration of that as effectively,” she mentioned. “We wished to do one thing that was form of enjoyable, and energetic.”

The land, formally generally known as Place Pierre-Brunet, has been zoned for development since 1964, however it has solely been in the previous couple of years that residents grew to become conscious of plans to construct a new housing development on the web site.

The marketing consultant reviews have been a key tactic in calling consideration to the significance of the woods, McNally mentioned. A biologist report commissioned by the residents’ group, for example, discovered many necessary birds, vegetation, aquatic species and mammals within the woods, together with an endangered brown bat.

McNally mentioned the tempo of growth in Pincourt in recent times has led to a big lack of inexperienced area. The findings of a report ready by Geomont for the Quebec authorities concerning the lack of forests within the Monteregie area between 2004-2009, for example, discovered that Pincourt had second-highest fee of forest loss throughout this era, virtually 57 per cent. McNally famous that much more forest has been minimize down for growth since then.

The founders of the fledgling non-profit are additionally behind a petition (Sauvegarde de la forêt Rousseau et de ses milieux humides situés dans la municipalité de Pincourt), which is to be introduced within the Quebec Nationwide Meeting. It calls on the province to take motion to completely defend the four.5-hectare woods and wetland. The deadline for supporters to signal the petition is June 22; as of Monday, the petition had over 450 signatures. The group had beforehand collected over 1,700 signatures by way of one other on-line petition, McNally mentioned.

Earlier this month, Pincourt introduced the launch of its first sustainable development policy. The coverage, which has been within the works since November 2018, goals to handle not simply environmental sustainability, but in addition financial range and total high quality of life locally.

The policy document, out there on town’s web site, describes an “pressing” want for sustainable growth to reply to dangers associated to local weather change. The record of coverage aims contains sustaining or growing the proportion of protected areas in Pincourt, growing the variety of bushes and preserving pure environments.

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