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Planting Project to Help Regeneration of Wetland Restoration Site

Jun 17, 2010

(TORONTO, June 17)  On Saturday, June 19th Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA), the City of Vaughan,  the Don Watershed Regeneration Council and local volunteers will be planting than 250 shrubs, wildflowers and wetland plants at the Maple Nature Reserve, a wetland restoration site located on Dufferin Street, just north of Major MacKenzie Drive, in Vaughan. Volunteers will also get the opportunity to take a hike along the new trail system and learn about the history and environmental significance of this local gem. The regeneration site features wetlands, thicket and forest habitat that will provide a home for amphibians, rare plant species and interior forest birds in the area.

"Through the combined efforts of partners and community volunteers, we are able to contribute to the 'greening' of this important site," said Adele Freeman, Director, Watershed Management, Toronto and Region Conservation. "The Maple Nature Reserve has been designated as an Environmentally Sensitive Area and is one of the last natural areas within the highly urbanized GTA. We're not just planting shrubs and wildflowers today, we're helping to protect the habitat for the many varieties of plants and animals at the headwaters of the Don Watershed."

 

 

WHAT: Maple Nature Reserve Wetland and Forest Planting

Join community volunteers, TRCA and Don Watershed Regeneration Council members at our newest wetland site for wetland and forest planting and nature activities.

WHEN: Saturday, June 19 2010 10:45 AM - 01:00 PM

WHERE: Maple Nature Reserve, 10401 Dufferin St, Vaughan

Meet in the City of Vaughan, Parks Development Office parking lot, off Dufferin St., at 10:45 to walk to the planting site.

WHO:  Regional Councillor Gino Rosatti; Councillor Peter Meffe, Vaughan, Ward 1; Councillor Sandra Yeung Racco,  Vaughan, Ward 4; Councillor Alan Shefman, Vaughan, Ward 5; TRCA spokesperson; community volunteers.

 The Maple Nature Reserve Quonset Hut Site Wetland and Forest Regeneration project is one of five concept sites identified in the new Don River Watershed Plan that illustrate implementation of the watershed plan's recommendations at a local scale. Implementation of the wetland and forest regeneration project will restore ecological function while providing opportunities for recreation, public education and encourage environmental conservation.  The site, located on the East Don River, was acquired by the City of Vaughan in 1997 and has been an area of interest of the City of Vaughan, TRCA, and the Don Council for over a decade. 

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