Letter to the editor 3, March 19, 2015
Who should we fear - PMAD or EAB?
Following two relevant reports in Your Local Journal about bogs, wetlands and green spaces across Hudson’s territory, confusion still arises when it comes to municipalities trying to make believe that the PMAD is on the fast track!
1 - PMAD is beneficial in the long term = 30 actions: directions-objectives criteria: The Metropolitan Land Use and Development Plan- PMAD is aimed at determining the type of development favoured by Greater Montreal residents, that includes us, now. It is a solution for revenue growth and better living.
2 - It’s good for zoning, wetlands and parks. The PMAD orientations include sustainable living environments, including surface area of cultivated land; flooding risks common to various MRCs; Land-slide risks common to two or more MRCs; Identification and protection of riverbanks, shoreline and flood plains; Identification and conservation of wetlands; Protection of landscapes of metropolitan importance, etc.
3 - Other Metropolitan plans include tree policies and budgets: Sustainable orientation works best with the presence of trees. They are the most superb, natural, filtering, and pumping system ever to exist at a reasonable cost. No manmade mechanical machine can dig such root systems to control erosion, offer air exchange and maintain bioactivity, develop foliage to fix manmade pollutants, reduce heat zones, and contribute to breathtaking landscapes.
American Ash or White Ash (Fraxinus Americana, ssp.) love growing in rich, well-structured moist soils such as in the Vaudreuil- Dorion and Hudson areas. Population of this species is close to 50% of the tree community composing this land. Unfortunately most species of ash are hosting a very large amounts of EAB (Emerald Ash Borer) devastating hundreds of thousands of trees.
This catastrophe is major. Environmentally friendly approaches must be the immediate concern of elected officials. Their role could, and should, implement procedures taking the orientations of the PMAD into account and implement this plan to every new project, be it residential, institutional, commercial, industrial, recreational, cultural, mobility and health-oriented.
This interrelates and protects specific environments. Planned security perimeters should exist for trees and essential wildlife before, and while, building. All land should have a minimum of medium and tall tree specimens every 30 feet. Should projected new constructions be on bare land, a percentage per cost per square meter contingency could be a financial buffer to ensure developers follow through with significant tree plantings, and not just Kentucky blue grass.
For each 40 households, small park or squares should be included for residents to gather and maybe get community gardening for local community agriculture. The PMAD should be explained clearly for all its positive recommendations.
The Town of Hudson should hold public information sessions and avoid scaring its community.