Credit: Ville de Joliette
SMi, for a better management of our natural environments
SMi has been mandated to carry out the City of Joliette’s’ natural environment management, conservation and compensation plan. This project, spread over several years, is aimed to give the City the necessary information to make informed decisions regarding the integration of the natural environment in the territory’s’ development planning.
Since 2012, SMis’ environmental specialists’ team are working to carry out the natural environment management, conservation and compensation plan. More specifically, the objective of the mandate was to document the remaining natural environments of the territory in terms of abundance, distribution, diversity and value.
In 2013, SMis’ team of biologists and ecology technicians traveled the territory to perform flora and fauna inventories to characterize the natural environment, both terrestrial and wetlands, targeted by the city. While an expert botanist probed the territory in search of rare plant species, grass-snakes, turtles and birds were also the subject of exhaustive research.
After these inventories, the geomatics team took over in order to integrate the information in a geographic information system (GIS) and created a complete database, allowing for a more detailed analysis of the territory. With this data, an evaluation of the natural environments ecological value was performed and allowed to categorize the characterized environment. The collected data enabled our teams to achieve tangible results and more specifically, identify high interest areas for conservation.
The natural environments management, conservation and compensation Plan was written based on the information collected in the field as well as the mapping work and geomatics analysis. The proposed plan suggested various conservation objectives, a series of general recommendations as well as specific recommendations of the studied territory.
SMi’s mandate did not end there. In 2015, SMis’ environment and urban planning experts were mandated to act as leaders and serve as mediators for the city of Joliette’s roundtable which had for objective the identification of the areas recommended for either conservation or development. As a result of this roundtable, a detailed report including detailed mapping was written and showed the 409 ha of natural environment recommended for conservation which represents 17.26% of the city’s territory.
A project that proves once again SMis’ specialists expertise in all aspects related to the environment and affirms SMi’s mission to contribute to the quality of life of our communities.