by Lyne Michaud and Anne Marcotte
Assistant Director, Environment and Sustainability; and Director, Communications and Social Responsibility
Aéroports de Montréal
Aéroports de Montréal (ADM) instituted a tree policy in 2009. Its goal is to protect areas of high ecological value on airport lands and mitigate the environmental impacts of projects. A number of projects have been completed pursuant to the policy.
On airport lands:
- Planting of 721 trees, 9,443 shrubs and 37,452 plants over a total area of 18,600 m2as part of the redevelopment of the road network at Montréal–Trudeau International Airport. The redesign was inspired by the changing seasons and Québec landscapes.
- At Montréal–Mirabel International Airport, in partnership with CO2 Environnement, ADM has planted 96,000 trees, making this the first instance in North America of a reforestation project on airport land for the purpose of carbon offsetting. The planting efforts will eventually result in 16,300 tons of CO2 offsets.
In neighboring communities:
- Financial contribution by ADM of $38,000 in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013, in collaboration with the Comité écologique du Grand Montréal. The project includes the planting of more than 900 trees and shrubs as well as many perennials, and a monarch butterfly habitat restoration and planting of native vegetation to sustain the local ruby-throated hummingbird population.
- Jointly with the Dorval Elementary School Parents’ Committee and the City of Dorval, ADM planted 22 mature trees and a hedgerow of 450 small cedars on the grounds of Dorval Elementary.
- ADM also is active in a project organized by Les Jardins éco-culturels de Saint-Laurent that aims to start a forest garden (producing edible and medicinal plants) in a disadvantaged area of Saint-Laurent, Québec.
Other projects are in progress, including the creation of a regional conservation park in the northernmost corner of Montréal–Trudeau International Airport’s land.
*This post’s title is a nod to the 1953 short story “L’Homme qui plantait des arbres” (“The Man Who Planted Trees”) by the French writer Jean Giono, which aimed to “make people love planting trees,” and Frederic Back, who received an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film for his 1987 adaptation of the same title.