Create a sustainable, ecologically healthy, 100 square kilometre, National Rouge Park
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A 100+ km2 public land assembly surrounds the Rouge River and Duffins Creek watersheds in Toronto, Markham and Pickering. This publicly-owned provincial, federal and municipal land is predominantly designated Provincial Greenbelt "natural heritage system" and it is:
- home to the endangered Carolinian forest and mixed-woodland plain life zones of Canada, zones with 1/3 of Canada's endangered species;
- the ancestral home of Mississauga, Huron Wendat and Seneca First Nations and their sacred burial & village sites;
- the last chance to create a large national park in southern Ontario, - an area with 34% of Canada's population, 77% of its land in agriculture and human settlement uses and only 1/400th of its land protected in National Parks.
It is commendable that the Government of Canada plans to create a Rouge National Park, however, the May 2012 draft Rouge National Urban Park Concept:
- ignores the ecological vision and policies of approved Rouge Park Plans and Provincial Greenbelt legislation;
- ignores the ecological integrity role of the existing Rouge Park and a true Canadian National Park;
- ignores longstanding plans for a 600+ metre wide forested Rouge Park "main ecological corridor" between Lake Ontario and the Oak Ridges Moraine;
- confines the park study area to 57 km2 instead of the 100 km2 public land assembly needed for a healthy and sustainable Rouge National Park.
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