Rouge National Park

toronto has just est’d Rouge National Park, within the heart of one of the fastest growing urban areas in North America. trees are essential. here’s why:

  • wildlife relies upon those conditions to survive
  • children rely upon those conditions to learn
  • use of mechanical logging and agriculture methods, such as wheeled skidders and tractors, often destroys rotten logs and compacts and levels the ground, removing the pits and mounds that are important

david suzuki writes ‘Given the importance of these habitat features to the recovery of forest plants and animals, Parks Canada, in partnership with local community groups, regional conservation authorities, universities, and others, will need to work to restore areas in Rouge Park by planting indigenous tree species, removing invasive species, and in some places re-introducing and re-creating, by hand, the special features that are largely missing from the park, such as old dead logs….’

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