Launch of a petition for the expansion of the Îles-de-Boucherville National Park
The "Yes in my backyard!" Syndrome
Montreal, July 28, 2017 - The Quebec Chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS Quebec) and the Friends of the Îles-de-Boucherville National Park have launched a petition to support the expansion of the Îles-de-Boucherville National Park. By signing this petition, each citizen asks the Canadian Federal Government to cede all federal territory of the archipelago of the Great Tailhandier Flats, including the small islands east of the flats, to the Government of Quebec to be annexed to the Îles-de-Boucherville National Park for conservation and access to nature for all.
"This is not a petition against any project, it is the "Yes in my backyard!" Syndrome, a positive gesture for better access to nature for all citizens of the Greater Montreal area," says Alain Branchaud, Biologist and General Manager of CPAWS Quebec. "2017 is truly the unique opportunity to realize this action while Montreal celebrates its 375th anniversary along with its neighbor Boucherville, celebrating its 350th anniversary. What a symbolic gesture to see Canada, which itself is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, to offer citizens a link between the two municipalities as a present for the future," added Mr. Branchaud.
"The Great Tailhandier Flats are part of the Boucherville Islands Archipelago and contain a significant biodiversity that would be better protected if the territory was annexed to the park," said Jean Hubert, Administrator and Spokesperson for the Friends of the Îles-de-Boucherville National Park. "This would consolidate this important nature park for the citizens of the Greater Montreal area and facilitate the management of the ecological integrity of the sites," concluded Mr. Hubert.
Both organizations are asking citizens of the metropolitan area, Quebec and elsewhere in the the world to participate in this great initiative by signing the petition and sharing it widely on social media networks.
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