Ontario is helping to ensure residents in York Region and Durham Region have greenspace to enjoy for years to come by taking action to protect ecologically-sensitive areas and expand local parks.
Agreements between Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and area conservation authorities -- the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA) and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) -- will assure nearly 4,000 acres of land are protected from development, and properly managed on behalf of Ontarians.
The agreements will be in place until the federal government moves forward with its plan to create a Rouge national park.
“The protection and management of important ecological areas such as the Uxbridge, Markham and Oak Ridges Corridor Park lands means sustainable green space for my constituents of Oak Ridges-Markham to enjoy both in present and future.”
— Dr. Helena Jaczek MPP, Oak Ridges Markham
“We are very pleased that the East Markham lands are being transferred to the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority to be managed on behalf of Rouge Park. We continue to be committed to farming in the Park, and these lands will primarily remain in agricultural use. The continued support from the Province, with the transfer of nearly 5500 acres of protected lands – including Bob Hunter Memorial Park, the Little Rouge Corridor and East Markham lands, has helped formed the Park we see today, a thriving landscape that accommodates both people and wildlife
— Alan Wells, Chair of the Rouge Park Alliance
“The agreement today shows Ontario’s leadership in protecting our greenspace. The Oak Ridges Moraine Corridor Park, the Rouge Park and the Uxbridge lands are a vital part of our natural heritage. Its forests, meadows and wetlands protect our water, provide habitat for wildlife and support human health and recreation.”
- Gerri Lynn O’Connor, Chair, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
“LSRCA is delighted that Ontario continues to take a strong leadership position in the protection of our environment and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to safeguard this ecologically significant land because of its critical impact on the health of our watershed and our Province. In addition to providing a clean source of drinking water, this land contains provincially significant wetlands, is home to watershed-rare species, provides opportunity for reforestation and links to the Uxbridge Countryside Preserve and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority’s East Duffins Headwaters.”
-Mayor Virginia Hackson, Chair, Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority
“These lands are sanctuaries for nature and places where residents and visitors can learn about ecosystems while at the same time enjoying outdoor recreation activities. These agreements formally acknowledge the conservation authority’s management over the parklands and represent an important partnership between the government and the local conservation authorities.”
— Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure
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