MONTREAL – in order To better know the inventory of the urban forest in montreal, researchers from Concordia University are asking the citizens of the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce to identify the trees in their yard.
After Kayleigh Hutt-Taylor, masters student and head of “Project Trees NDG”, 50 % of the trees in Montreal are located on private land. It would, therefore, still a little on these, unlike the public trees.
“We had planned to go and inspect these trees in the summer to ourselves to see what kind of trees they are and what are their benefits to the community,” she said.
But with the pandemic, the research team has had to revise its census methodology in the field. Mrs Hutt-Taylor, the best idea was to get residents involved in the research.
“We moved to a project autoscientifique where residents have to go out in their own back yard and do a few simple steps, take the circumference of the trunk and send us pictures,” she said.
A detailed form to fill in yourself is available online. The activity is also available in a format suitable for the children, ” says dr. Hutt-Taylor.
“For us, it was really important to do the project in an educational activity, and it doesn’t take more than 20 minutes,” she explained.
The trees must measure more than a metre in height and not less than 15 centimetres in circumference. At least 50 people have participated so far.
A project that is budding
Launched on 25 may, the project is set to conclude in October and the results will be presented to the community in the spring of 2021.
“We would like to create a sort of online interactive map to show where are the trees and be able to show the differences between trees and their height,” added Ms. Hutt-Taylor.
Although it is too early to know which species are the most present, we can observe a great diversity and also a lot of fruit trees on the territory.
“Until now, the district is pretty passionate about the [the project]. It strips at which point he cares about his trees,” said Mrs. Hutt-Taylor.
For the time being, the pilot project is limited to the residents of Notre-Dame-de-Grace, but the team hopes to expand the project throughout the island of Montreal and in other cities if it is successful
- For more information and to participate in the study, you can go to the address https://www.carlyziter.com/projet-arbres-ndg.html.