An active wildlife
The Mount Royal forest is home to a diverse fauna. The gray squirrel, the chipmunk or the swiss, the groundhog, the raccoon and the striped skunk are the main representatives. Moreover, the presence of the cottontail rabbit and the red fox gives the place a rustic character still appreciated in urban areas.
Several bird species also visit this privileged environment. At different times of the year, we can see buntings, red-winged blackbirds, goldfinches, American crows, American kestrels, common starlings, bobolinks, swallows, back-capped tits, sparrows, mockingbirds, northern orioles, warblers, woodpeckers, killed plovers, tailed blackbirds, white-breasted nuthatches and eastern kingbirds.
Wildlife Management Plan
Sustainable development and natural heritage go hand in hand at the cemetery. It is in this perspective that a wildlife management plan has been adopted. It aims to preserve, develop and enhance the diversity of wildlife that visits the cemetery's territory while limiting the nuisance that some animals may cause due to their abundance or behavior.
Therefore, our management plan has three areas of intervention aimed at maintaining a balance between a place where burial and commemoration activities are held and a place inhabited by wildlife.
- Area 1: Conservation and enhancement of wildlife diversity by respecting and protecting it through all our activities.
- Area 2: Spotlight on our wildlife by creating and distributing informative tools for our workers and visitors.
- Area 3: The management of wildlife issues through interventions to ensure an harmonious coexistence between wildlife and cemetery activities.
Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery is a unique place of reflection and meditation that shelters close to one million deceased on Mount Royal. Its tree park and topography are rich and diversified. Certain development practices raise concerns about environmental protection and the enhancement of biodiversity. The Cemetery wants to reduce the environmental footprint of its activities.
Over the past 30 years, customer values and choices have evolved, as have their expectations regarding the environment. Over the next few years, we will have to review our development and maintenance practices, in order to :
- Reduce fossil fuel energy consumption related to operations
- Reduce noise pollution created by the operation of certain tools
- Improve management of residual materials
- Reduce consumption of salt and abrasive products
- Reduce water consumption
- Adapt site development and maintenance practices