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Molson Nature Reserve – ecological management

Two different individual research projects have been developed for the Molson Nature Reserve. These two projects were suggested by r client, D; James Fyles, the Director of the Molson Nature Reserve and a professor in the department of Natural Resource Sciences at Macdonald College of McGill University. He wished that an initial start be made in determining what is out there for the reserve as well as its purpose and what means should be used to ensure its continuance.

The first individual research project involves a mandate and management proposal to act as a guideline for various activities concerning the reserve. This may include any type of activity, from data gathering and research to garbage clean up and trail use. This is mainly an organizational tool and not a source for information.

The second individual group research project involves a proposal on data gathering and ecological monitoring which serves to ensure the management plan is meeting the mandate of the Molson Nature Reserve. This entails looking at topics from meteorological information to previously done research on the reserve. It is mainly a research tool, aiding in conducting studies on the reserve.

In order for the Molson Nature Reserve to be successfully preserved in perpetuity as the mandate demands, these two elements, organization and research, are essential as both act as a check on the other to ensure that proper care is taken when dealing with the reserve.

Sustainable Forestry in La Mauricie

Due to the strong dependence of the Mauricie region on the forest both economically and environmentally, the forests of this region must be exploited sustainably to ensure a healthy economy and environment for future generations. Our research seeks to assess the sustainability of the forestry industry in this region by investigating their practices and their impacts on the forests. We specifically examine how the forestry industry has altered the regional carbon balance and how deforestation has affected the flora and fauna of the region.

Food Security through Urban Agriculture and Food Waste Management in Montreal

This research project investigates various food security initiatives in the Montreal area. We are comprised of four independent research projects, each focusing on a different aspect of the following research question: What are some of the initiatives taken in Montreal to contribute to food security?

The first section of this report provides a social history of community gardens in Montreal. Community garden movements have often been committed to achieving food security, and this section will give a sense of the various approaches to this goal in Montreal's recent past. The second section of the report takes a closer look at one community garden organization in particular, Eco-initiatives in Montreal. This research group conducted a cost-benefit assessment of Eco-initiatives' operations. The third section of the report describes a water collection system designed for Eco-initiatives, as an example of a real-life problem faced by the organization. The fourth section broadens our group's focus on community gardens, and investigates means of incorporating restaurant waste into food security initiatives. The report concludes with a summary of our findings.