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Toronto and Region Conservation Begins Plans for the Largest Restoration Project in Durham Region

May 24, 2012

Media Release

For Immediate Distribution

 

(Toronto, May 24) Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) recently hosted open houses in Durham Region for residents to learn about the proposed Greenwood Conservation Lands Master Plan.  In early 2011, TRCA acquired the lands known as the Brock Lands, from the City of Toronto. TRCA has developed a draft Master Plan for the Brock Lands and the Adjacent Greenwood Conservation Area and Rodar Property to ensure that these lands are protected and restored, while allowing for recreational opportunities.  Together these properties make the total green space of the site almost 689 hectares (1,704 acres) of connected natural green space. TRCA is working partnership with the City of Pickering, Town of Ajax to complete and implement the restoration plan. The site will be renamed the Greenwood Conservation Lands and will be one of the most significant natural heritage parcels and recreational destinations in Durham Region.

"The objective of the Master Planning process is to develop a strategy which will protect the Greenwood Conservation Area and its natural environment while investigating the potential for outdoor recreation," said Brian Denney, CAO, Toronto and Region Conservation. "TRCA is excited to work with community groups and local stakeholders to develop strategies for engaging local residents with the goal of conserving this beautiful green space for the enjoyment of future generations."

As part of the master planning process, TRCA has prepared a background report to describe and evaluate the Brock Lands property based on the relevant federal, provincial, municipal, and TRCA land use plans and policies, exiting resources inventoried and the properties, cultural heritage, recreational potential and environmental condition. The lands will be restored to support functioning, diverse and self-sustaining communities of native plants, fish and wildlife. The conservation lands contain a variety of important natural heritage features, including meadows, wetlands and forests, and provide habitat to many wildlife and plant species. TRCA has recorded 103 different fauna species, including 33 species of regional concern and two species of Provincial Species at Risk.

One the main priorities facing the Brock Lands are the restoration of the property's highly disturbed sites, as well as the re-establishment of natural cover. Other restoration opportunities identified include: protection of healthy areas, enhancements of existing areas and rehabilitation of areas that have undergone major alteration.

The restored site will also feature a variety of recreational activities, including hiking, cross country skiing, angling, leashed dog walking, nature viewing experiences, conservation education and potentially a bike park and new dogs off leash area.

TRCA will finalize the Master Plan in the Fall of 2012.  Restoration work has already begun and the property will be accessible to the public in early 2013.

 

To download the Restoration Plan please go to: http://www.trca.on.ca/brock

To download the Background Report to please go to http://www.trca.on.ca/brocklands

 

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Elizabeth Oakley
Tel: 416-661-6600 ext 5856
media@trca.on.ca

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