Town of Newmarket, Ontario
Schollen & Company Inc.
LANDSCAPE MANAGEMENT – Regional Merit
The Peggy’s Wood Management Plan provides an ‘environmental first’ approach to the management, protection and enhancement of 83 ha of regionally significant woodland within the Town of Newmarket, Ontario. The Natural Feature includes 17 ha donated to York Region through the Nature Conservancy of Canada to be preserved as a Nature Reserve. Surrounded by urban development the forest communities, riparian corridors and creeks that traverse Peggy’s Wood are becoming susceptible to edge effects, siltation, erosion and impacts from over-use. Therefore, the woodlot and surrounding area require a comprehensive approach to environmental and use management with a focus on ensuring Peggy’s Wood remains a thriving and diverse ecological system within the context of a rapidly growing urban center.
Commensurate with this vision for Peggy’s Wood is a comprehensive network of recreational walking paths, low impact nature trails and commuter cycling routes that will link residential neighbourhoods across the woodland valley providing a multi-nodal transportation network designed to reduce reliance on the private automobile.
The successful implementation of management actions in part will rely on an educational strategy and stewardship principles developed as part of the management plan. The maintenance/monitoring of initiatives over the coming decades, will ensure Peggy’s Wood will continue to be a significant ecological and recreational resource within York Region.
Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority
LANDSCAPE MANAGEMENT – National Merit
Many wetland areas in the Niagara Peninsula of Ontario have been drained for agriculture, residential, and urban development. Currently accounting for only 4% of the land base, wetland areas need to be increased to 20% to achieve healthy water quality and habitat diversity. The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority has taken a public leadership role in demonstrating wetland conservation through this project. These public lands, for all to enjoy and learn from, reveal the importance of protecting, restoring, and rehabilitating wetlands to help protect water quality for future generations.
City of Toronto
LANDSCAPE MANAGEMENT – Regional Honour
The Crothers Woods Trail Management Strategy is a City of Toronto landscape management initiative combining a desire for recreational use and the need for ecological presentation and restoration. Crothers Woods is a 52 hectare maple-beech-oak woodland which features rare plant species of the Carolinian forest system located near downtown Toronto. A long history of informal trails used by a range of groups have impacted and degraded the natural environment. Development of the strategy brought together stakeholders with varying opinions and requirements for land use and found a balance between use and the protection of the natural environment. Implementation of the recommendations from the strategy has created a sense of place in one of the few remaining natural areas in Toronto and re-introduced the lost art of building natural surface trails.
The Corporation of the City of Brampton
LANDSCAPE MANAGEMENT – Regional Citation
The Brampton Valleys Re-naturalization Planting Program merits consideration for the CSLA Award of Excellence in the category of Landscape Management for its comprehensive long range approach to urban re-naturalization starting with an unprecedented 10-year funding commitment of $8.8 million over ten years made by City Council during the mid 1990’s recession. Secondly, the City entered into an innovative supply contract with Sheridan Nurseries to provide 24,000 trees, 200,000 shrubs and 100,000 perennials staged over the same period. The planting of over 160 hectares of municipal valley land is dramatically enhancing the ecological value of Brampton by restoring and strengthening plant communities, creating and improving tish and wildlife habitats and stabilizing the physical state of the watersheds involved. Utilizing a diverse pallette of native plant material, low impact construction methods and a 2-year maintenance and monitoring protocol, the results have been dramatic with much higher levels of plant survivability than expected. Ecologists and watershed specialists of both the Credit Valley Conservation Authority and the Toronto Region Conservation Authority have contributed expertise to the design process and fully support this program, which is demonstrating significant regional conservation benetits towards the restoration of our terrestrial natural heritage.