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.