TerraHumana Solutions Celebrates the Protection of Natural Spaces this Autumn Season
The autumn season is upon us - a time when we celebrate the harvest and bounty of nature. In alignment with the celebrations of this year's fall harvest, we want to be a part of and celebrate the abundance of animal and plant life brought to us by natural spaces. TerraHumana Solutions is pleased to share that a lucky few natural spaces in municipalities near Montreal have been protected with the help of dedicated citizens’ groups.
Our work with grassroots organizations began with Pincourt Vert in 2018, a grassroots citizens’ organization in Pincourt Québec which was seeking to protect a local forest targeted for development. This led to our collaboration with Nature Hudson in 2019. Most recently, we have joined forces with The Legacy Fund for the Environment, which provides legal counsel for citizens seeking to save natural spaces from development. This summer, a small group from Châteauguay was directed to TerraHumana Solutions in order to assist in the fight to protect land. Our network is growing every year.
Over the last four years, we have helped to protect over 15 acres of natural forest and wetlands through the provisions of ecological assessment reports. Some groups have successfully saved these natural spaces in their municipalities, while some are still currently in mediation. “Natural spaces are one of our best mitigation measures for climate crisis consequences, mental health for humans, and general biodiversity health,” says Dr. Isabelle Bisson. This is a win-win-win situation - for humanity, nature, and our planet.
The crucial pieces necessary for the successful protection of undeveloped land is the dedicated work of the citizens’ groups, the biological assessments, the legal defence, and the availability of funds. In the case of Pincourt, citizens worked hard to save Rousseau Forest from being destroyed. According to Carole Reed, a member of Pincourt Vert, "the trails of the Rousseau Forest are more known now than ever, they are very well used, and even the daycares have begun using it." The ripple effect is also being felt across the region by other citizens’ groups. “There is a momentum that is changing the economic narrative and having science make headway. There is an opportunity for us to make these projects economically unfeasible and more environmentally responsible”, says J. J. Corker, a member of Nature Hudson. For a more in-depth view of the story involving protecting Sandy Beach in Hudson, Quebec, check out this video link.
With a new project underway to protect a small but biodiverse forest near Montreal, “we are working with more and more dedicated citizens that wish to see our natural heritage protected for generations to come”, says Dr. Isabelle-Anne Bisson.
About TerraHumana Solutions
TerraHumana Solutions is a consulting firm, which specializes in helping community and business leaders to find sustainable solutions to environmental and social issues. Our approach is simple - we listen. Bringing 20 years of international experience in natural resource sciences, strategy, project conception, and management, we can find the right strategic approach for you. At TerraHumana Solutions, we contribute to informed decision-making on community and business engagement projects, and conservation projects with Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.
For more information, please contact:
Isabelle-Anne Bisson, PhD.
+1 514 654-7835