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City approves 68 new environmentally protected areas

Nov 23, 2015

The 68 new environmentally significant areas are scattered across the city. There’s the “Silverthorn area” that hugs Etobicoke Creek, a large swath of marshy land at the mouth of the Humber River, portions of the Rosedale valley and the Don Valley, the Leslie Street Spit, sections of Toronto Island and stretches of woods along the Rouge River.

The natural hot spots were chosen because they feature large animal habitats or harbour high biological diversity. Some include unusual landforms — the Scarborough Bluffs, for example — and rare and threatened species, such as the Blanding’s turtle, which is found in wetlands that also serve as stopover points for migratory wildlife.

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The Humber River in Toronto.

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