The Quebec Government have just published a very interesting interactive map of the province which shows the changes in various habitat types for the period from about 1990 to 2009 … what has happened since 2009 we can only surmise, but it’s fair to say it hasn’t got any better.

Here are some parts of the map for the Baie-D’Urfé municipality – of particular interest as it’s where I live. Basically green is forest/woodland, pale yellow is agricultural land and pink is built-up land. To be fair, the built-up land in this case has a higher proportion of tree cover and large gardens than most towns but it is artificial habitat.

This is what we see:

Land types in 1990

Most of the green area is in the industrial estate north of the highway and residential zone

Land types in 2009

Finally, a map showing the places where “change” has occurred:

In other words …

Previous town administrations have seen fit to clear potentially important green-space in order to plant more industrial units. Admittedly, the industrial units we have here are not belching smoke and fumes but they are equally not conducive to providing places for our ever diminishing wildlife and plants. For what? To generate tax revenue basically.

Draw your own conclusions.